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Are PTC drivers ignorant of pedestrian laws?

To the residents of Peachtree City and surrounding areas, do any of you know what the Georgia law is concerning pedestrians in a crosswalk?

The law states: “Drivers must ‘stop and stay stopped’ for pedestrians, not just yield to them.”

Many of us work on Ga. Highway 54 near the Chase Bank. Because of the various restaurants in our area, we are asked to park in the Office Depot parking lot and walk across the street (the road that goes into Walmart). We each walk across that street at least twice a day, many times four times a day.

Each time we are all putting our lives in jeopardy. We’ve had drivers speed past us, get angry with us because we’re crossing the road, even yelling out their car windows at us, if they are behind a driver who does stop, almost hit them, or attempt to go around them and almost hit us. They’ve gone as far as to try and intimidate us by driving right up to us and then stopping only a few feet away.

There are signs posted on both sides of the road telling you it’s state law. So if you don’t know the law, please know it now. You must stop to anyone in a crosswalk, any part of that crosswalk.

A pedestrian should not be forced to stop in the middle of the road in the hopes someone will stop. If you do not stop, you can be ticketed. And, if you hit a pedestrian, you will be held accountable for it.

Try a little consideration. Is it really going to disrupt your day if you have to stop for that 30 seconds while we cross the street? We’re just trying to get to our jobs, or back home, without fear of losing our lives.

Debbie Pitts

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Comments

SPQR's picture

It's not clear if the access road to WalMart is a public road. on the map it is not named and appears to be private property. There are no signs saying normal traffic codes are being enforced by the city. However I must comment after living in the metro area almost all my life(and I'm old)Fayette has by far the most courteous drivers. Take note. when crossing traffic lanes in a parking lot it is rare for a car with a Fayette tag to not yield for pedestrians. Those cars not yielding seem to be from(in numerical order) Clayton, Cowetta, Fulton. Cobb would probably be number 1 if it were closer.

Cyclist's picture

would enforce pedestrian laws. It seems that "peds" are just wandering around aimlessly on SR85. What's scary is a lady pushing a stroller in the center lane - AKA no man's land - trying to negotiate a gap in traffic which is going at +45 mph.

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They have no regard for the most part. I have been blown at from behind because I stop for people at crosswalks. I will continue to stop, as an avid walker, I appreciate the few folks who stop for my Bride and myself.

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