I'm a Midtown resident who walks my dog around the neighborhood twice a day. Drivers on the side streets near my house are usually good about stopping at the crosswalks, but I feel like I'm taking my life in my hands every time I cross Middlefield due to cars not stopping for red lights and not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
On Sunday afternoon (9/23) a dark colored BMV (5NVW722) driven by a young woman talking on her cell phone nearly ran me and my dog over at the intersection of Middlefield and Loma Verde. We were in the crosswalk with the pedestrian walk sign. When I saw her bumper coming at my knees and could see she wasn't looking at us, I slapped the hood of her car with my hand to get her attention. She looked surprised, but instead of stopping, got annoyed and kept coming towards us. I slapped her hood again and yelled that she needed to stop for pedestrians.
At this point she pulled over to the side of the street and called the police, because I didn't have the right to touch her car. The police arrived and said it was fortunate I didn't damage her car, because I could be charged with vandalism. Does this seem absurd to anyone besides me?