When a Colorado man was trying to cross the street in his wheelchair, he was hit by a vehicle and suffered minor injuries. He was then cited for disobeying traffic laws and not crossing the street in the allotted time for pedestrians.
Kyle Wolfe was crossing a downtown Denver street when he was about five feet from the curb when an SUV hit him, totaling his wheelchair and leaving him bruised and battered.
The police arrived and the officer gave him a ticket because he wasn’t out of the street when the signal changed.
Wolfe was stunned when he got the ticket thinking that the pedestrian should have the right of way. He said he tried to cross the street quickly but was unable to do so.
Wolfe said he had items in his lap and tried to pick them up but they kept falling. He said that people have no desire to stop.
In that intersection, there is a 20-second window for pedestrians to cross. The street width is what factors into the time limit and federal regulations say a person can travel 3.5 feet per second. Wolfe said people who can walk may take that long, but the regulation d does not take into consideration people who have disabilities. He said 20 seconds is not long enough for a disabled person to cross the street.
Wolfe said he was upset with the officer, who he felt was not being sensitive to his disability.
He still does not know if the citation was legal because Colorado traffic laws state that even if a person hasn’t fully crossed a designated crosswalk in the time permitted, drivers must give them the right of way.
A spokesperson for the police department said Wolfe can fight his citation in court.
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