Talk amongst yourselves: Northeast Johnson County drivers aren’t yielding to pedestrians

Well, gang, the lovely walking weather is prompting us to dip in to the old shawneemissionpost.com mailbag and pull out a message worthy of community discussion.

Reader Sheila Myers wrote us this week with concerns about the safety of local walkers venturing out into the streets:

Last year, the city of Prairie Village painted "zebra" stripes to mark this crosswalk on Tomahawk Road to help ensure motorists could see it.
Last year, the city of Prairie Village painted “zebra” stripes to mark this crosswalk on Tomahawk Road to help ensure motorists could see it.

I’ve noticed that drivers rarely stop for pedestrians at the many crosswalks throughout the city. I walk my dog frequently around Franklin Park, and use the crosswalk at 86th St. and Somerset. Drivers usually ignore the yellow pedestrian crossing sign, which means they should yield to pedestrians trying to cross the street. On a busy Saturday, I may stand there several minutes waiting for the traffic to clear.

Drivers rarely yield to pedestrians at multiple crosswalks along Delmar leading to the pool complex and the tennis courts, and along Somerset leading to Corinth Shopping Center.

Maybe drivers need a reminder that the law requires them to yield to pedestrians. They could be ticketed for not stopping.

So, what do you think: Is this a problem other people have noticed? Should local law enforcement be ticketing more motorists who aren’t yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks?