This morning I observed a UGA police officer writing a pedestrian a traffic citation at the intersection of Sanford Drive and Baldwin Street. One officer explained that their department was indeed targeting pedestrians breaking traffic laws. Another explained that they were looking only for dangerous incidents, such as one in which a woman walked in front of a van with a green light whose driver had to brake to avoid striking her.
Pedestrian safety would be helped at this intersection and at Baxter and Lumpkin if the traffic lights did not require pedestrians to push a button to get a walk signal. Pedestrians are reluctant to push the buttons because of the crowds that form and the distance that the buttons have been moved farther from the street corners. Last year I asked David Clark from the Athens-Clarke County Transportation Department to consider having the walk signal at Sanford-Baldwin be included in the regular light cycle, but he declined, citing complaints from drivers waiting longer at red lights.