Hey folks, just thought I’d get some opinions on a situation that happened to me a little while back. Since most of my experience in driving hasn’t been in the city, this was a little freaky to me.
I was driving on a small, residential street doing about 20-25 miles an hour. I approach an intersection apparently regulated by a traffic light. The intersection appeared to be a ‘‘T’’ style, and I was driving on the road that makes up the top part of the letter T, passing from left to right as you’re looking at the letter. The light was green so I continued to approach it. However, the green pedestrian signs at the intersection were strobing. This confused me as the light was green and the pedestrian signals at this intersection didn’t appear to be the typical walk/don’t walk signs that you usually see at intersections regulated by a traffic light.
I continue to approach, noting the substantial amount of pedestrians crossing the road that ends at the T, meaning they were paralleling me as I was driving through. Not sure if there was a school around that area or what have you cause there were a good few people crossing. That’s pretty normal considering the what the green light was indicating at the time, but I still was a bit flustered because of the two signals apparently contradicting each other. There was no pedestrian in the crosswalk that I was soon gonna be driving through that I could see, so I proceeded through the intersection. In the middle of the intersection, I noticed a pedestrian on the opposite side of the road as me, about at the curb or maybe 1 or 2 steps off it. Oncoming traffic heading towards me was also stopped at this point, presumably either to wait for him or because a vehicle was waiting for the other crosswalk to clear before making a left turn.
I didn’t see him as I was approaching either because there was an obstruction (like a parked car or something similar) or because I didn’t scan the intersection 100% thanks to being flustered from the different situation. Either way, I only saw him when I was in the intersection and I couldn’t have stopped by then of course. He wasn’t even terribly too close to the truck I was in but it was still confusing. Should I have done anything different? This took place in Minnesota where you’re supposed to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, but he looked like he had just about stepped off the curb as I was already in the intersection. Pedestrians kind of freak me out because of the setbacks you could face if you hit one because of a mistake on your part or because the pedestrian was being stupid. Unless I somehow seriously misjudged this intersection, whatever traffic light was there was green and there wasn’t anyone in the crosswalk I was gonna drive through that I could have stopped for. Thanks for any answers in advance.