Question: On a recent Diane Sawyer ABC News show, she said some cities that have those push buttons to activate on crossing the street at an intersection do not really work. In fact, she said the New York City street buttons have been disconnected for more than a decade, but they leave them there so the pedestrian feels like they have “power” in crossing the street in a timely fashion. Can you tell us if any of the Bellingham crossing buttons are disconnected, too? Are we wasting our time pushing them, since they’re all on computer systems now?
ABOUT RULES OF THE ROAD
Rules of the Road is a regular column with questions and answers on road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices.
Answers come from David Wright, a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who is now serving on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force.
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