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Don't just listen to Mr. Nice guy when jaywalking

"Please discourage drivers from stopping for jaywalkers. The other day on Main Street in Ashland, three lanes of traffic were moving. Two women stood between parked cars in the middle of the block waiting to cross. The driver of a car in the first lane (being a nice guy) stopped to let the women cross.

The women (being nice gals) started to run so they wouldn't hold up Mr. Nice Guy. Unfortunately, the cars in the other two lanes didn't see the women, had no idea why the car had stopped, and were not legally obliged to stop ... and the women had a close call. They were not hit, but came within inches of being road kill. Jaywalkers must give way to cars; cars should not stop to allow jaywalkers to cross (unless, or course, they would hit the jaywalker if they did not stop). An ugly situation." - Jerry Kenefick, Ashland

You're first sentence had me a little worried there Jerry, but I see you clarified it at the end. Of course, from previous articles you know that Oregon has no jaywalking law, but we all get your drift. You do have the law correct, when on the road at places other than intersections, then pedestrians must yield to vehicles. The only thing I might add is a similar situation where Mr. Nice Guy stops short in a traffic line and motions a driver coming from a driveway or parking lot to come out and turn left or get into another lane next to the one Mr. Nice Guy is in. Yet when he does this, he doesn't look out for cars coming up from behind in that parallel lane or he thinks the entering driver will stop in his lane and then look both ways before continuing and the entering driver thinks Mr. Nice Guy means it's all clear, so he goes and then runs into someone. In this case, Mr. Nice Guy is not at fault, but the driver entering the road and taking Mr. Nice Guy's word is at fault.

So, as in the pedestrian example Jerry cites, you, as either pedestrian or motorist, are responsible for making sure that when someone beckons you ahead that you still doublecheck to make sure it's safe to merge or turn.