Drivers fly through Nashville crosswalks despite warning signs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crossing guards keep students and other pedestrians safe in school zones, but not every intersection and crosswalk can have one.

It’s fairly common to see pedestrians in dangerous situations.

Drivers regularly breeze through marked crosswalks as pedestrians are trying to get across.

Many marked crosswalks have signs warning drivers to yield to pedestrians. Some even remind motorists that it’s state law.

Nora Kern, executive director of Walk Bike Nashville, says there are some growing pains as more pedestrians and cyclists take to the sidewalks and streets of Nashville.

“It’s frustrating. I walk around a lot,” said Kern. “It’s sometimes harder to cross busy streets. People just like to fly through crosswalks.”

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

At a crosswalk on 21st Avenue South, on the north end of Vanderbilt University near West End Avenue, students and employees who work nearby say people regularly ignore the crosswalk and the pedestrians’ right-of-way.

“There’s a lot more people out walking around,” Kern said. “Now we really need to start changing our thought process and our mentality when we’re out driving, as well.”

It’s also important for pedestrians to follow the law. That includes staying within the crosswalk when crossing.

Metro police officials told News 2 that the vast majority of pedestrians hit by cars are not using crosswalks.

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