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Dangerous crosswalk across from Chatham Marketplace

By Adam Brinson
Posted Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Does anyone else out there notice that cars simply do not stop for the crosswalk across from the Chatham Marketplace?

It's a state law to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk and I believe that most motorists are aware of this, however I don't think our crosswalk is marked sufficiently enough to get drivers attention. There are two neon crosswalk signs on either side but I think these are inadequate. We need a couple of those paddle signs that go in the middle of the street and perhaps an earlier caution sign, maybe even with a blinking light.

With spring here and more people walking to town destinations we need to make sure our pedestrians are protected.

I have even experienced a law enforcement vehicle not yield to me and my family at this crosswalk. I recently moved into downtown Pittsboro from North Chatham and though I came to downtown Pittsboro on a regular basis I had never noticed this crosswalk until I became a regular pedestrian here. I have been hit by a car before and am very cautious at crosswalks.

The fact that a law enforcement vehicle failed to yield here and that a motorist who was hit by a car never noticed the crosswalk until he had to walk across it leads me to beleive that this is an issue of signage and adequate warning.

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