After a serious pedestrian accident earlier this month, Farmington Public Safety Department has produced a video guide to crossing the street in the city’s central business district.
The six-minute piece, featuring Public Safety Director Frank Demers, explains the Michigan Municipal Traffic Code as it applies to crossing with traffic signals and at non-signalized crosswalks, like those at Grand River and Warner Street, and Farmington Road and State Street.
Motorists are required to yield in those locations, but only after a pedestrian enters their lane. Walkers must wait for a break in traffic before stepping into the intersection.
What about times when traffic is heavy and breaks don’t often happen?
“Walk a few extra yards and cross at a signaled crosswalk,” Demers said. “I’m sure you’ll find that you’re never too far away from one.”