Sound Off

I was nearly hit crossing at an intersection on Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway. It was green with a red hand, and when I showed the driver that it was green, she said it had the hand. Well, who has the right of way in that instance, pedestrian or driver?

It depends on whether the hand was illuminated before the pedestrian entered the intersection. A flashing "Don't Walk" signal or an orange hand symbol means it's too late to start crossing, and when the hand stops flashing, it means no pedestrians should be in the intersection. City traffic engineer David Woosley -- though he cautioned that he's not an attorney -- said that assuming the pedestrian entered the street at the proper time, he or she probably had the legal right of way until reaching the other side.


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