There was an issue in the comments last week, after I mentioned a quote from the victim of the recent Intersection of Doom crash.
"When I asked him why I was getting a ticket since I was in the crosswalk, he basically said that the witness told him that I didn't have lights, and I came out of nowhere, and I wasn't in the crosswalk and was in the middle of the road,” says Kelley.
And I said that not having lights was a bad idea. But, it turns out she says she did have lights, which would make her even more in the right.
She said she had three flashing lights on her bike when she was hit. She had taken a bike safety class with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). She took a picture after the crash, before the ambulance arrived, of her bike lying in the crosswalk.
Here are some other choice lines
Arlington police are aware of the problem and conduct safety education campaigns in the area as well as issuing tickets, spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. Burgess said she has been cut off by cars, with police officers looking on and taking no action. “The officers think it’s so bad that they don’t ticket most of the time,” she said.
In the past year, police say, 11 crashes occurred at the intersection; 330 people were cited for infractions. Of those citations, 194 were for failure to obey traffic signals, and 51 were for improper turning. (The statistics are not broken down by car or bike, Sternbeck said.) Only two citations were issued for failure to yield to a pedestrian.