Stop For Me is a yearlong campaign to improve safety for people who use St. Paul’s sidewalks and cross our streets. The campaign is organized by St. Paul’s 17 district councils, St. Paul Smart Trips and the St. Paul Police.
Last week I participated in a Stop For Me event. A few neighbors and a police officer crossed the street at an intersection on West 7th street. We crossed a few times. Drivers who did not stop were pulled over by the police. I believe they issued four citations and caught one drunk driver.
The Law: “Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights. Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.”
There was a large orange sign nearby that said “enforcement area”.
Only three in 10 drivers in Saint Paul stop for people crossing the streets at non-signaled crosswalks, according to city researchers. From what I observed it was more like 7 out of 10 drivers stopped.
I talked to a couple of neighbors who stopped by and each of them commented on how dangerous crossing the street can be.
Stop For Me is part of an initiative to make walking safer in St. Paul.