Today, I was not going to the grocery store, I was going to the bank. However, our local traffic planners, who know all about making things more difficult than they need to be, had decreed that, in order to make an entrance into the shopping center which contains our bank, I should drive through the grocery store parking lot. I would have preferred to go to the next corner, which provides a straight route to the bank, but does not permit access from the direction I'm coming.
I'm not fond of what I think of as unnecessary signs, and so, when I noticed that the grocery store had placed two pedestal signs in the traffic lanes, saying "Stop For Pedestrians In Crosswalk", as usual, I became humorously agitated! We have a State Law in Texas which requires vehicles to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and the store has been there for at least five years without the need for these signs. I wonder what ridiculous thing caused this to happen just now? I visualize a schoolteacher soccermom steering a speeding SUV.
I've always held a hostility for "stop for pedestrians" signs anyway. If there's no sign at the crosswalk, is it all right to run them down? Often the sign will say "watch for pedestrians in crosswalk". If I see one, what is my responsibility?