Lakewood residents say drivers don't yield at Detroit Avenue and Manor Park crosswalk
Traffic light removed over congestion, air quality
Kristin Volk, newsnet5.com
7:30 PM, Aug 15, 2013
3:10 PM, Sep 4, 2013
LAKEWOOD, Ohio - Lakewood residents are expressing anger over a crosswalk that they say is extremely dangerous.
"It's terrible," said Nancy Mobley, a Lakewood resident. "The people cannot get across, the older people do not have time to make it. They do not stop."
Mobley said she used to use the PNC Bank near the crosswalk at Detroit Avenue and Manor Park Avenue, but once she realized how unsafe it is to cross, she withdrew her money and went elsewhere.
"It's like they ignore you," said Vonni Rubin, another Lakewood resident. "I could be standing about to walk, and they're just speeding by."
Rubin said she no longer uses the crosswalk either.
The crosswalk was installed last year after the state took out a traffic light at the intersection. Local officials said the state decided the light caused traffic congestion and air quality issues. It would cost the city about $140,000 to reinstall the light.
"The law states that when you're within a crosswalk the vehicles have to stop," said Capt. Gary Sprague of the Lakewood Police Department.
Sprague said his department has received numerous complaints about the crosswalk, which has prompted officers to patrol the area more. But when NewsChannel5 asked police how many tickets it's written to driver or pedestrian violators at the Detroit and Manor Park crosswalk this year, they said none.
"Nobody stops," Mobley said. "They all stand there and wait for them to stop, and they will not stop."
When NewsChannel5 spent time at the crosswalk on Thursday, at least a dozen people tried to cross but cars didn't yield.