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Tue December 3, 2013
Ann Arbor Mayor to Veto Changes to Crosswalk Law
Ann Arbor's crosswalk law won't be changing despite city council approving an ordinance amendment.
That's because last night immediately after the 6 to 4 vote, Mayor John Hieftje announced he will veto the change. Ann Arbor's law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians on the curb at a crosswalk as opposed to the state traffic code which requires vehicles to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Opponents of Ann Arbor's law would prefer to use the Michigan Traffic Code instead.
The difference is whether motorists have to stop for pedestrians still on the sidewalk but at a crosswalk as current law requires, or only having to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
City Council member Stephen Kunselman says the veto means the poorly crafted and implemented law remains in place.
However, nearly 40 people spoke in favor of keeping the law during a public hearing. Community members said more motorists are starting to stop for pedestrians and with better enforcement and education pedestrian safety could be further improved.
Mayor Hiefjte believes the data doesn't show changing the law will help pedestrians.