I found the opening sentence a little confusing:
Who is crossing the sidewalk, the driver or the pedestrian? (I know the answer to this, but syntactically speaking this sentence does not qualify as "very specific"). And this says nothing about crosswalks or crossing the street in general.The Wisconsin law is very specific: "Drivers must yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway."
I'll admit that I wasn't fully aware of crosswalk laws (maybe still not completely). I thought that the only time that a driver was legally required to stop when continuing straight through an intersection was at striped crosswalks.
Several months ago, I was driving east on Speedway (downhill) and a guy came froggering across near the Hillcrest intersection - a marked crosswalk, but not striped. I say froggering because the oncoming traffic did not stop. He looked at me coming the other way, slowed his walk and shook his finger at me. I was confused - I couldn't tell if he wanted me to stop or continue through (was he waving me on?). I came to a hard stop and he gave me a piece of his mind. Sorry man, if you are out there, you were in the right. I think that I would have immediately understood his intention if he had extended an open-palm "stop" hand signal, as advocated in the article, instead of trying to scold me, rightfully or not.
Also, anybody else notice the boobs on the cartoon woman shown running away from the Prius in the title image? Sheesh.