After a busy day of working and helping patients and family members, I look forward to the leisurely walk to my car at the end of my shift, a feeling I'm sure I share with my work colleagues.
Genesis Health Systems has been working hard to complete campus integration and that has included several new crosswalks that cross between the staff parking lot and the facility. These crosswalks have been painted red, there are signs placed on both sides of the street that state, "...must stop for pedestrians when in crosswalk". And the speed limit at this junction is also listed as 15 mph.
These signs are visible and can even be seen at night. In addition to the signs, there are lights that are on along the walk way leading to the cross walk to ensure visibility. However, I can think of at least three occasions that drivers have not stopped or even yielded to me crossing the street. The majority of drivers are driving faster than 15 mph also.
I know that I am not alone in this plight as I have heard other employees complain about the same issue. I would just ask that people be aware of the traffic signs and the changes in this area as I feel it could eventually lead to a serious event at one point in time. For myself I will keep utilizing the rule my mother taught me, which was to look both ways when crossing a street.