Q&A - Swinging Wide to Pass
I was walking with a friend on a relatively busy road. (West Crescent)
We were walking in the white painted sidewalk portion facing traffic, so heading East towards Memorial. We were engaged in a conversation and didn’t hear the garbage truck approaching in the other lane (the right hand lane heading East) as garbage trucks do, he stopped to pick up garbage. All of a sudden two (count them two) vehicles passed the truck and literally passed using the other lane and encroached within inches of the white painted line that separated us from near disaster. I literally jumped and yelled out of surprise and fear, which then turned to anger as the two vehicles veered back onto the right lane and continued on their way.
How could they have been so reckless?
Was this lawful to pass a garbage truck while there were pedestrians to their immediate left on a marked sidewalk?
I believe there is a double solid line at that location but with the addition of pedestrians, are they not breaking the law?
I was so angry I broke my sacred rule of one finger salutes. I never do this and was disappointed with my action. Nothing came of their or my actions but I wish I could have reacted fast enough to see a license plate.