In light of the two recent pedestrian accidents in downtown Mount Shasta, people are beginning to think more about safety in crosswalks and outside of them.

In light of the two recent pedestrian accidents in downtown Mount Shasta, people are beginning to think more about safety in crosswalks and outside of them.

The California Vehicle Code expressly states that drivers should yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing in any marked or unmarked crosswalk.

Shelly Heiken and Janice Villa work at Sunset Cleaners and Edward Jones in the building situated across from the post office on Mt. Shasta Boulevard. They say every day, they see people struggling to cross the street in the marked crosswalk.

“Sometimes I see kids who get dropped off by the STAGE waiting 10 minutes to cross,” Heiken said. “They’ll make it to the center, then have to wait there to cross the rest of the way, and people still don’t stop. It’s totally amazing.”

“Especially with the warmer months coming, drivers need to be more aware of their surroundings and yield to all pedestrians,” said Mount Shasta police chief Parish Cross. He also encouraged those crossing the street to use caution.

If there’s a crosswalk available, pedestrians should use it, Cross said, as it will give them a better chance of being noticed by drivers.

According to the Vehicle Code, this is particularly important between controlled intersections, like on Mount Shasta Boulevard. Pedestrians crossing outside the marked crosswalk could be cited, Cross said.

If you see a dangerous situation, such as children waiting to cross the street and nobody stopping for them, Cross said the public is encouraged to call the police department to report the situation.