The SPD will be cracking down on crosswalk violations this summer. Let me sidestep the usual “stupid pedestrians” versus “stupid drivers” argument and say that I like being safe in a crosswalk as much as the next guy, but I can understand how difficult it is for a driver to safely get through a crosswalk, especially at a “left turn” situation.
But that’s not why I’m posting this. Guess who they nailed in one of their stings?
Seattle driver Peter Sherwin, a former monorail activist, got ticketed on Stone Way North and says he’ll dispute the $124 fine. He said his view was obstructed by a parked SUV and that he had only 60 feet to react once the decoy, a woman wearing white, stepped off the curb.
“There was no way, at the point when I saw her, that I could stop, without being through the crosswalk,” said Sherwin.
But what really ices the cake is this:
Sherwin wondered why the stings aren’t more publicized. “This isn’t producing safety. This is producing revenue,” he said.
Because if anyone knows revenue, it’s one of those monorail guys, right?