If you pick up a copy of the Florida Drivers Handbook, you'd read this as it pertains to pedestrian safety and crosswalks:

"The driver of a vehicle at an intersection that has a traffic control signal in place shall stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger."

According to Trinity resident Rodney Holmes, drivers in and around the Mitchell Ranch Plaza need a refresher course in the rules of the road.

Holmes, who uses a wheelchair, said traffic doesn't always stop for him when he uses the crosswalk and those that do make him feel like he's in the way.

"They were being very rude," he said. "I understand that they want to get somewhere, but they can get somewhere a lot faster than I can."

His wheelchair moves at a top speed of 4 mph.  It takes him a while to cross any street.

"I don't like being in this chair but it's part of life and I wish people would realize that when they're coming on a crosswalk," he said.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins reminds drivers they are required to stop.

"Pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk unless directed by signals not to cross," he said.

Drivers who do not yield right-of-way face the possibility of a $62.50 fine.

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