Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Back to Crosswalks?

  • Chicago police have gone on a ticketing blitz focusing on dozens of high-accident locations to enforce a new state law requiring drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

    The law, which took effect this summer yet remains little-known among the public, is all about improving safety and reducing crashes involving pedestrians, officials said.

    While Charles Burke welcomes the idea, he says he hasn't noticed any changes making it easier to cross streets.

And once again, we'll state thank goodness the homicide rate, numbers of shootings and property crime is a such a low level that we can afford to concentrate on such pressing matters as people crossing the street.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, good. Better to protect innocent people going about their day-to-day activities then run heavily-armed combat missions into parts of the city where the police aren't welcome, merely to prevent scum from killing scum day and night.

"Little-known" is right. Anyone got the text of this new law handy?

9/21/2010 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traffic downtown would be in perpetual gridlock if this is implemented.

Downstate should think before they enact laws that affect urban areas.

9/21/2010 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are the douches that are volunteering to do this? Yes, I will willingly walk into moving traffic and risk being struck by a vehicle in order to generate some movers Boss! No problem!

9/21/2010 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And as was before is this an "overtime" opportunity for the chosen few??

9/21/2010 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really not against this for areas where there are numerous pedestrian accidents. I work in the downtown area near Union Station and Ogilve/Presidential Towers. I've lost count as to how many pedtraians I personally have seen get smacked by cars. You could make your whole monthly ticket qouta in a matter of days down here.

9/21/2010 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sep 21, 2010 7:53 am US/Central
At Least 8 Shot In Chicago Overnight
1 Reported In Critical Condition
CHICAGO (CBS) ―




* 2 Men Shot Outside Preckwinkle's Office
(9/21/2010)

At least eight people were shot overnight in various parts of the city.

9/21/2010 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to Mayberry Opie.

9/21/2010 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are short everywhere and now we have this bullshit! Waste of time or another way to rip off taxpayers to generate revenue as the city bleeds from all the carnage! More and more the bosses we have are all non-police types with no clue how to prevent crime! Today going to be 88 degrees how many killed,how many shot over/under?

9/21/2010 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even when they start to cross as the light is changing they have the right. Nonsense! Seen lots start to cross before the walk light comes on, making left turns with the arrow impossible.

9/21/2010 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When was the last time you tried to cross the street, SCC?

And I'm not talking about walking across the street West Side style, but within the designated cross walks.

Crossing the street I often feel like I'm taking my own life into my hands.

Ever get that feeling you're going to become a human speed bump for some motorists?

I for one give kudos to this new law! Hurrah, hurrah!

9/21/2010 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Fly on the wall said...

Yeah - But it's a nice overtime scam for all of Commander Blancos' traffic admin lackies.
Wonder why that doesn't get made available to the rank and file?

Wasn't it some of these same inside folks from units 151,152 and 154 that were making photocopys of other officers DUI arrests and submiting them as their own to collect overtime?

No comment Davie?

9/21/2010 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some people who post on this website that are not satisfied with anything the police department does. Of, course, they know all things.

9/21/2010 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget issuing carbines. Let's cut the facade and issue something useful like 20 round ticket book Bandoliers instead.

It's all about revenue generation now, like the red light camera's are about revenue generation - not about crime prevention and increased safety.

9/21/2010 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've stopped for people at crosswalks and nearly got ass ended on several occasions. It's hard to stop on a dime in areas where there are no stop signs and traffic signals.

This law should be scrapped except for crosswalks with stop signs or traffic signals.

9/21/2010 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Write some more tickets so Shortshanks can steal money right to the end you mindless morons....

9/21/2010 08:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oak Park has some of these around schools -- fluorescent-green plastic thing that stands in the centerline. "STATE LAW -- MUST STOP." People pay attention; the signs seem to get a lot of respect -- and for grown-up pedestrians, too. I always flip a little salute to anyone who stops for me -- two-way street, keep it friendly, works better.

9/21/2010 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they go after the pedestrains that walk angist the lightor walk in front of cars with kids.

9/21/2010 11:12:00 PM  
OpenID Ronronronc said...

When this law was first enacted, I noticed such an operation in Logan Square. That roundabout is pretty dangerous for pedestrians! In the space of 10 minutes, I saw Kedzie lined with cars getting pulled over.
On a separate note, love the blog, SCC!

9/22/2010 05:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9/21/2010 08:18:00 AM
What's a "monthly ticket qouta"?

9/22/2010 05:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that it is the law to stop at all crosswalks where pedestrians are present, All of those useless stop signs on main streets should be taken down. Stop signs only belong on side streets and at the corners of side streets where they empty onto main streets.

9/22/2010 05:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When was the last time you tried to cross the street, SCC?

Ever get that feeling you're going to become a human speed bump for some motorists?

I for one give kudos to this new law! Hurrah, hurrah!

You probably don't drive a car. Streets are for cars. Pedestrians belong on the sidewalk. If you don't think you can cross safely at an unsignaled corner, walk your sorry self to the next corner.

9/22/2010 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous noone90210 said...

You probably don't drive a car. Streets are for cars. Pedestrians belong on the sidewalk. If you don't think you can cross safely at an unsignaled corner, walk your sorry self to the next corner.

As a pedestrian and non-driver, I know what streets, cars and crosswalks are for. I only cross at signaled corners, when only only the green light and the walk sign are on.

However, sometimes I must wait for 2 or more traffic signal cycles before I can cross, because some sorry drivers don't understand what green lights, walk signs and crosswalks are for!

9/23/2010 05:11:00 PM  

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