I didn’t see a pedestrian, which means they probably already crossed before I got there. Anyway, when I stopped, there was a car stopped opposite me, in the oncoming lane. This car was signaling for a right turn. The crosswalk in question is – like so many others – at an intersection of a minor cross street. Access to the main road from the cross street is controlled by stop signs. There has always been some ambiguity regarding whether it’s okay to turn right at a crosswalk that’s currently RED if doing so causes your car to pass through the crosswalk, so I just assumed that the driver wasn’t sure and was waiting for the light to go back to flashing green before turning.
As I waited for the light to go back to flashing green, in the car opposite me, the driver looked up from whatever they had been doing, and without waiting for the light to go green, drove straight through the crosswalk – while still signaling for a right turn. The car behind them pulled forward and stopped, and its driver and I exchanged a puzzled look.
For those of you playing at home: how many mistakes were made by the first driver opposite me, and what were they?