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OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


Curious as to what the members of the OT think...

I was getting ready to turn right on red at an intersection in downtown Houston and had turned my head left to watch for oncoming one-way traffic. The walk signal had already started flashing orange and had about 5 seconds left to go (the light turns green once the timer expires) when I started going right. This guy walks right in my path and I almost hit him. I honked the horn and went around him and he just looked at me like I was Hitler reincarnated.

A buddy of mine and I were arguing about this. He thinks I was wrong and an ass, while I say the pedestrians shouldn't be entering the intersection after the walk signal is no longer lit up. My buddy thinks that anytime a pedestrian walks into the street they are okay to do so except in to oncoming traffic. I told him that once the walk sign was no longer lit up white that they could continue through the intersection, but not enter the intersection at that point.

What say you and have any of you ever almost hit anyone in this scenario?







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mattz1122
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


This must've been on Main.





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LSUTiger88
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


If you're turning on red the walker has the right away. You're lucky you didn't hit him, because you would have been in the wrong





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WDE24
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


Pedestrian had the right of way.





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OneMoreTime
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I was getting ready to turn right on red at an intersection in downtown Houston and had turned my head left to watch for oncoming one-way traffic. The walk signal had already started flashing orange and had about 5 seconds left to go (the light turns green once the timer expires) when I started going right
You are pretty clearly in the wrong.






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NameWithheld
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If you're turning on red the walker has the right away. You're lucky you didn't hit him, because you would have been in the wrong


So, in order to be in the right, you could literally sit through an infinite number of lights due to the walk signal pedestrians, oncoming traffic, and pedestrians who decide to enter the intersection without the walk signal?

Never would have thunk it...






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LSUTiger88
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


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turning on red

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infinite number of lights

You just have to wait until it turns green again. Not that complicated






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WDE24
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


Your unreasonable hyperbole doesn't change the fact that you were, without question, in the wrong.





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NameWithheld
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


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You are pretty clearly in the wrong.


Not that I want to hit a pedestrian, but check this out...

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(c) A pedestrian may not start to cross a roadway in the direction of a "Don't Walk" signal or a "Wait" signal. A pedestrian who has partially crossed while the "Walk" signal is displayed shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety island while the "Don't Walk" signal or "Wait" signal is displayed.


TX Transportation Code






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OneMoreTime
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


Are you retarded?





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NameWithheld
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


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You just have to wait until it turns green again. Not that complicated


No... Once the light turns green, the walk signal becomes active. You cannot turn right at that point because you would hit pedestrians that were observing the active walk signal.






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Mizzoufan26
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


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infinite number of lights due to the walk signal pedestrians


frick you, seriously. Try driving in Honolulu, that's exactly what happens.

Don't want to hear your little bitching about some louisiana traffic.






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LSUsCRYSTALball
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My buddy thinks that anytime a pedestrian walks into the street they are okay to do so


has he ever heard of jay-walking?






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LSUcdro
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


Pedestrian has the right a way 90 percent of the time





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NameWithheld
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


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frick you, seriously. Try driving in Honolulu, that's exactly what happens. Don't want to hear your little bitching about some louisiana traffic.


Ummm... If you would have bothered to have looked at my location, you would have seen that (while I am originally from La.) I live in Houston. I also posted a link to Texas laws.

Oh and if you live in Hawaii, I am going to have a hard time believing that any part of your life is miserable!




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NameWithheld
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


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Pedestrian has the right a way 90 percent of the time


As any same person would, I agree... But I wonder if I would have actually been in the wrong since he entered the intersection when the walk signal was flashing stop.

Also from the TX Transportation Code:
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Sec. 552.003. PEDESTRIAN RIGHT-OF-WAY AT CROSSWALK. (a) The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway in a crosswalk if: (1) no traffic control signal is in place or in operation; and (2) the pedestrian is: (A) on the half of the roadway in which the vehicle is traveling; or (B) approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and proceed into a crosswalk in the path of a vehicle so close that it is impossible for the vehicle operator to yield.






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blzr
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


It's scary that you thought that was acceptable.





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NameWithheld
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


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It's scary that you thought that was acceptable.


My main complaint was that he walked out right in front of me as I was turning. Granted I probably reacted poorly, but I think he should not have entered the intersection... Especially when I was sitting there two feet from where he walked up to with my turn signal on and my wheels pointed ready to turn.







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DollaChoppa
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


He shouldn't have entered the intersection, but you still have to yield, obviously.

You always have to yield to pedestrians, even if they are jaywalking.






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Turbeauxdog
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re: OT opinions on pedestrians versus cars when the signal is NOT on walk?


Everyone knows what the law is, but the law is stupid.

If you jay walk, and the driver is obeying all traffic laws, any collision should be the fault of the pedestrian.

If you do dumb shite and get yourself killed, your estate should pay to have the drivers car detailed.






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