Most of my city travel is by walking, bus, or bike. In the case of walking and biking I frequently notice the running of red lights by many motor vehicle drivers. Several times lately I have entered a crosswalk with the walk light several seconds after getting the legal signal and had my path crossed by a motor vehicle running the light. The light was not only plainly red, but I was plainly well into the cross walk. (Strangely? it seems that many of the light runners are "law abiding" types in large SUV or pickups, often with patriotic? yellow ribbon stickers. What the fuck does THAT mean?)
My daily path includes the full length of Hawthorne from downtown to the end of the street. The worst location is at SE 39th and Hawthorne where you can count on 1 or more incidents per cycle. Close is the end of the bridge at SE Grand and Hawthorne.
Most of the readers of IM are likely not at fault with this, but know exactly what I am talking about. The question is what can we do? I hope that we all can be good examples by not running red lights, respecting the safety of people using crosswalks, and being generally good citizens when using the streets shared by us all. This goes for walking and bikes, too. (I recognise that there are times and places where bikes and peds don't cross legally, but in most cases do so sensibly and safely with no oncoming traffic. I have no problem with that and do it myself.)
The question begging is should the police be doing something about this? I hate the idea of being dependant on them for help, but isn't this exactly the kind of thing they should be doing as our employees? If not the police, then what?
(PoPo, I know some of you read this. What is your take?)