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3/24/2013 8:30:00 PM
Letter: Walking on 'don't walk' ignores simple courtesy


I suppose I should be thankful that this is all I have to complain about, but I'm not, because it ain't.

However: I am brought to a high level of annoyance by the folks in our community who disregard the red-hand "Don't walk" device displayed at our busier intersections, most specifically around the courthouse square.

Do they not comprehend that when they walk on a green light while the don't-walk device is lit, that motorists cannot turn right?

I guess they just don't care. Or maybe they're real special.

It would be easy to blame this abominable behavior on tourists, but I suspension that a lot of these oafs are our neighbors.

You know what ELSE I suspicion? That when these very same folks get in their cars, they get just as annoyed as I do when THEY can't turn right...

Alan Whitney


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Pedestrians

I almost ran over one of these fools who walk against the light. If I did would I be at fault? Or is the fool at fault? Next time the fool may get hit. You better run!

Why do you think the city had to pay more money for lights with numbers counting down to get the hell out of the way?

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Gee Alan At Least you're not a bigot

And argue that only some people should get to hand out at the square. In my view, it's the geezers who have the attitude that the world evolves around them. You should be more respectful to those who will pay for your retirement. And drivers please HONK when a pedestrian steps out in front of you - it's fun to see the old guys jump!!

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Dumbest letter ever????? ?

Says it all. The name and letter will be attached ad infinitum.

Ha Ha Ha!!

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: I agree!

It's the same thing as the fools who sit in the middle of the intersection, waiting to turn before their light turns red, thus blocking those on the side street from making it through a very short green light when it's their turn. Ask the lady who got hit near Montana Dr. about that. Dumb.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: jim mccee

Just another angry old "oaf" with nothing else to complain about. This town is in need of shuffle board tournaments to take these trivial things out of the minds of the elderly.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: A Solution

One solution to this issue would be to close the four streets directly around the Courthouse to motor vehicles.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Why Are You Complaining For???

Alan: sometimes there is a legit problem to complain about, but this is not one of them.... ... Sometimes, when there are people crossing in the crosswalk when the red hand is up, there are NO CARS COMING!!! Go down to the square and sit at the corner of Goodwin and Cortez.. And watch how many people cross there to the Post Office.. Many of the people whom cross are working at our courthouse.. I guess that makes Judge Hancock an "Oaf" as well? Ive seen her cross when the hand is red and there are no vehicles coming, Me... myself have done it numerous times... It doesnt hurt anyone. So quit complaining about it! ...

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Well Alan, you make a very astute and valid point, EXCEPT from the responses you seem to have titillated herein, you must now know how it feels to be a Republican at a UAW rally. Look at the positive side of the equation, if, god forbid, one of those jay walking red handers gets caught by one of us OLD GOATS who can't see, hear or drive, I'll bet my money on the guy in the car as the winner every time.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

In my letter, I forgot two points.

First, this behavior by scofflaw pedestrians impacts traffic turning left, as well as right. The second, and more important point, is that when a turning vehicle is forced to wait for them, cars behind it cannot move, causing an impediment in the traffic flow.

You can nit-pick my letter all you want, but the problem is a real one.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Mr. tom dorn (sic):

I can assure you that I need few lessons in grammar. My use of "Suspicion" instead of "Suspect" was a deliberate literary device, intended as humor.

Whether or not you found it amusing is your affair.

And the typo was just that. A typo.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Ant Combest

I think what Mr. Whitney is referring to, is those pedestrians who cross illegally. It is perfectly legal to enter a crosswalk when the Walk signal is white, when it starts to flash you are NOT to enter the crosswalk, and when it stops flashing and turns solid "Don't Walk", get out of the crosswalk immediately or you could be cited for impeding traffic. This is the law anyways that I have understood it to be written. Many times I see people cross on the solid Don't Walk at Montezuma when I'm trying to make a left off of Gurley onto Montezuma and have nearly missed that rapid green arrow because of pedestrians. I also feel the people in this town forget to watch out for themselves in those crosswalks. I've almost hit someone who just assumed a full size pick-up approaching the crosswalk can stop on a dime (even with a fully loaded trailer) when they step off the curb into the crosswalk.

This is just how I've seen some things here in Prescott.

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Arya Kiddin

Are you kidding me? You REALLY think the don't walk sign starts flashing so that you can make a right turn? The purpose of the flashing "don't walk" sign is so that pedestrians know that their time is about up for that light cycle and if they walk they may find themselves in the center of the intersection when the light turns red. It is in no way intended for your convenience in turning right!!...

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: tom dorn

Mr. Whitney should drive himself over to Yavapai college for some much needed grammar and spelling lessons instead of complaining about such a ridiculous problem (as he sees it).

As usual, the courier finds yet another foolish letter to post.

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Dear Ryan Jensen,

You wrote of my typo:

"And I 'suspension' that Alan has some kids to chase of (sic) his yard right about now..."


Too (or is it to, or two) funny!!!!!

Yuk, yuk, yuk...

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

@Alan- Maybe they're just not letting the government tell them what to do. Where does it say "Don't Walk" in the Constitution?

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Doug W

Dear Mr. Whitney

I take offense in your letter and especially the term, oafs.

I do a lot of walking and when crossing an intersection, I do not cross against the red hand. However sometimes its hard not to because on some intersections it only gives you a few seconds to cross before the red hand appears. A lot of people in this community can not move that fast Mr. Whitney. In fact I admire them for walking, most people are too lazy to walk. Im sorry that us oafs are annoying you but get over yourself!

You know what annoys me Mr. Whitney? When Im in the middle of the crosswalk making a legal crossing and somebody in a vehicle tries to bully me to move faster and by the tone of your letter, I suspect you would be one of these bullies?

I would say A LOT more but this letter isnt worth more of my time or energy.

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: John Citizen

This could be a "two-way" street with drivers exceeding the speed limit too. Courtesy swings both ways, Alan, and humans always have the right of way.

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Arizona Causes Sunitis

When I lived up north in Montana and in Washington State, I was surprised and pleased to discover that most drivers would courteously stop anywhere and everywhere to let a pedestrian cross the street - crosswalk or not. The pace in northwestern states just seems to be slower, and attitudes friendlier and kinder.

I think Zonies suffer from Sunitis - too much exposure to sunshine, causing aggression, self-centeredness, and a tendency to be in a big hurry, no matter what they're doing or where they're going. Even 'leisurely' hikes are like death marches as they try to get one activity over with quickly so they can race off to the next, and you'd better get our of their way in a hurry. It really is a sickness.

Zonies need to travel out of the state (or the country) more often, if for no other reason than to get relief from the dreaded malady of Sunitis. For the good of everyone!

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

And I "suspension" that Alan has some kids to chase of his yard right about now...

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Car Crazy

Are you serious? You are actually giving the pedestrians in this town a hard time? When absolutely nobody stops for all of the crosswalks around town, lack of sidewalks, bike lanes etc. This is car lover paradise, you get enough breaks, leave the few poor pedestrians alone. The cross walk near the Church on Gurley is a death trap.

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Yea, Allen, you have noticed we have become the "Me-Me-Me" generation. I see seniors like myself, getting impatient in lines at the grocery store and speeding away from stop lights when they have no need to hurry. I rather chuckle and try to allow additional time to do things to avoid the need to rush. After all, ! worked and went to school and worked a total of 49 years many of those years with more than one job. I'm done being in a hurry.

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