There’s a reason crosswalks are striped the way they are…several reasons in fact. But perhaps foremost among those reasons are these:
- To protect pedestrians
- To make room for cars traveling around you, and in particular: turning left in front of you.
When you stop in the crosswalk, not only can pedestrians not cross safely, the cars can’t move around you easily, slowing traffic and causing headaches for everyone.
Don’t Stop in the Crosswalk
This one is simple: Don’t be a dick. Stop BEFORE the thick white line. If you’re waiting for the light, stay there. If you’re turning right on red, come to a stop, make sure no-one’s in the crosswalk, then ease out and complete your turn.
Easy right? Now do it.