PAINT THE LINES BOLDER
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Posted on April 14, 2017 by PACE TULSA FOUNDATION
HELP MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE!
The Campaign Petition is “PAINT THE LINES BOLDER”
“THE PETITION IS TO PAINT THE YELLOW AND WHITE REFLECTIVE LINES WIDER, BOLDER AND MORE VISIBLE IN EVERY CROSSWALK INTERSECTION IN AMERICA.”
"Part of the problem is that drivers and bicyclists are more distracted in 2017."
Watching movies on car TV’s, texting with smart cell phone devices and talking to other drivers on the road or passengers. The explosive mix diversion ingredients’ have sparked new safety campaign initiatives this year.
"Another part of the problem is that people feel like they are too busy to vote; don't really like to vote or just don't have a voter identity."
Last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that Texas’ voting law violates the federal Voting Rights Act, citing its discriminatory effect on voters of color:
One expert testified that “that Hispanic registered voters and Black registered voters were respectively 195% and 305% more likely than their Anglo peers to lack” voter ID. Another survey found that “Blacks were 1.78 times more likely than Whites, and Latinos 2.42 times more likely, to lack” voter ID. Even the state’s own expert determined that “4% of eligible White voters lacked [voter] ID, compared to 5.3% of eligible Black voters and 6.9% of eligible Hispanic voters.”
“IF THE CROSSWALK LINES ARE PRESENT IN EVERY SINGLE CROSSWALK INTERSECTION AND ARE PAINTED WIDER AND MORE BOLD, THIS WOULD BE ANOTHER STEP TO SOLVE THE DISTRACTED DRIVER PROBLEM FACING AMERICA TODAY.”
My interest in Pedestrian Crossings and Public Safety Education is a result of my involvement in a vehicle injury in early 2013. One day as I am paused waiting on a crosswalk light to signal me to move forward a huge red pickup truck pulled up to the light at a busy intersection and comes to a complete stop. While the driver is waiting on the traffic light to turn green he looks at me waiting on the signal light in the pedestrian crossing lane to turn white. As soon as, I get the go ahead to cross all of a sudden he revs up his engine and proceeds forward slaming into both my shins catching me up underneath his bumper.
Many Tulsa Community Organizations including: PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION, the State of Oklahoma, the Federal Highway Administration and The Tulsa County Public Safety Office are offering education seminars on Pedestrian Crosswalk Awareness.
“SINCE TULSA, OKLAHOMA AND THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION HAVE TEAMED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, THERE HAS TO BE MORE INTENSIVE FOCUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH PUBLIC SAFETY.”
Drivers are supposed to stop or yield to Pedestrians whether they’re in a marked crosswalk or not. While pedestrians are supposed to enter a crosswalk with both eyes open to proceed with caution. There’s definitely a shared responsibility. This issue does not get a lot of air-time. However, it is a problem that is easily fixed. It should not take a major catastrophe or another pedestrian tragedy to spur supporter action.
Section 1101. – Pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalks.
A. When traffic-control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon that half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
B. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
C. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle until the overtaking driver has ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
"PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION CHALLENGES EVERY ONE OF YOU TODAY TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION BY JOINING OUR PETITION TO MAKE AMERICA A BETTER, SAFER PLACE"!
THE FOUNDATION is an independent organization that is FOR PROFIT, WHOSE MISSION IS TO: “Provide educational support to AGS participants and the intellectual stimulus created of PACE TULSA AGS.
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