Washington, D.C. police were recently pulling over and ticketing drivers who didn't stop for pedestrians in crosswalks -- those pedestrians being undercover police officers, the Washington Post reports. Good for them! As a pedestrian in the Boston area, I frequently see cars whiz by as I'm already in a clearly marked crosswalk, and it's dangerous.
No, I don't want to hear the old, "with all the serious crime in D.C., don't the police have anything better to do?" Pedestrian deaths accounted for 43% of all traffic fatalities in Washington this year, the paper notes. There isn't anything better to be doing than trying to save people's lives.