Recently, I caused a traffic accident. Fortunately, I was not breaking any laws or rules of the road. Neither was the cabdriver who was rear-ended.
I was trying to cross 47th Street at Central in my motorized wheelchair. After many cars rushed through the intersection oblivious to the crosswalk, a cabdriver finally stopped for me. As I started across the street, I heard screeching of brakes and saw the driver behind him rear-end him, all because he was following the law by stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Those of us who live in the Country Club Plaza neighborhood witness incidents like mine frequently. Drivers are oblivious to pedestrians trying to cross the street in a crosswalk. Many of us have begged Plaza management, the city and the Police Department to make crosswalks more visible to drivers by striping them, adding signs, giving tickets or even lowering the speed limit.
Will it take an injury, death or a mangled wheelchair for action to be taken to make these streets and crosswalks safer for our citizens?