Friday, March 21, 2008

Paranoia strikes deep

Into your life it will creep.
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away.

Last year a tragedy occurred at my agency when two employees were struck and killed in front of the building by a city bus making a left turn as they crossed the street in a crosswalk with the light. This year an employee suffered a broken leg when a turning car struck him in a crosswalk in front of the building.

What to do? The Metropolitan police showed up recently outside the building one morning and started handing out $100 jaywalking tickets. A runner friend observed a cop give a ticket to a runner who ran across the empty street against the light, and issue a gotcha ticket to a pedestrian who stepped off the curb into the crosswalk (but went no further) while the light was still red.

This sucks. I run around there, a lot. I'm careful, but occasionally I run across roadways when I'm not in the crosswalk and the light isn't green.

DC has a running mayor who runs several miles every morning. I wonder if he stops and waits for every light.

12 comments:

Sunshine said...

About the pedestrian situation.. I'm at a loss to comment... !

But about tomorrow... your run, weather, cherry blossoms... Ah to be in DC, now that April's (almost) here!

CewTwo said...

Let's see here... A lot of 'Officials' are not engaged in a weight reduction program... I suppose you could outrun the 'Official' but again, they do have those pesky radios.

It is wonderful with Spring arriving!

DawnB said...

Peter be lucky you have someone enforcing this. I work close to an intersection thats' it is even dangerous to be in the cross walk. I squing when someone cross without waiting for the light to change to walk.

ShirleyPerly said...

Wow, a $100 ticket for jaywalking seems pretty steep to me! I think it's great that the mayor is a runner and triathlete. Maybe join him on one of his runs and find out?

ShirleyPerly said...

PS - I just noticed that you ran WDWM in 2006 too! Did you do the inaugural Goofy Challenge as well?

Susan said...

Hmph -- some investigation is in order!

I think anyone, no matter how powerful, would seem "human" to me if I knew they were a runner. Strange thought...

Jade Lady said...

Sounds like the area can be dangerous. I always thought the ped had the right of way. But, in TX, I've been told not to believe such nonsense.

Rainmaker said...

I think they need to strike a balance. If folks are out there playing frogger with active cars - I'm all about ticketing (as much as I hate it).

But if the coast is clear, then they should just let people be.

I've often wondered about joining the mayer on a run...maybe someday.

Just12Finish said...

This one's a little tough to call. To each his/her own.

Petraruns said...

The tickets seems a blunt tool - can't they reorganise the crossing areas so people are less likely to jaywalk and can see more?

akshaye said...

Buffalo Springfield is just appropriate for that. We had a similar incident where the police pinned a professor to the pavement for crossing an empty street on a red light. You'd think they have more to worry about.

David said...

Trooper. Time for a stakeout of the mayor.