Kelby Carson is a Blair music student at Vanderbilt. He is also visually impaired requiring a seeing eye dog. Elvis is pictured with him below.
Vanderbilt campus, like many areas in Nashville, has crosswalks that require drivers to yield to pedestrians. On Children's Way, there is a one such cross walk that links the parking garage with Blair school of music. In early September 2014, Kelby was crossing the street here when he heard a car nearing him too late. The driver struck him on his right side breaking his leg which would later require surgery including implantation of metal rods followed by first requiring a walker then a cane. In total, he missed three weeks of college classes.
The driver thankfully stopped and other pedestrians quickly came to help.
According to Kelby, 'distratcted drivers pose a particular threat'. 'I am paying more attention. For instance, I notice more when cars decide to take a right on red, even when pedestrians have the right of way'.
The article highlights some rules that should be reviewed:
Drivers should remember these safety tips and responsibilities:
- Be attentive. Pay attention especially when traveling in and around intersections or where there is heavy pedestrian traffic.
- Be alert. Be aware that some pedestrians may challenge you to stop since they have the right of away at a crosswalk. Failure to yield to a pedestrian within a marked crosswalk is a violation of Tennessee state law.
- Use caution when turning on a green light. If you are making a turn with a green light, the pedestrian crossing with a green light has the right of way.
- Be attentive at uncontrolled intersections. A pedestrian passing through an uncontrolled intersection, even if there is no marked crosswalk, has the right of way.
- Yield to stopped vehicles. Do not overtake or pass vehicles that are stopped for pedestrians.