Q&A - Stopping When Unsafe

Q&A ImageQUESTION: A pedestrian was on the sidewalk mid block and an approaching driver stopped to allow the pedestrian to jay walk. The car in the adjacent lane behind this driver stopped abruptly and almost caused a collision because the car following that vehicle was not expecting the stop. Should the second car have stopped or just kept going?

There was no valid reason for the first car to stop as the pedestrian did not indicate their intention to cross. I know in Kelowna one should not stop unless absolutely necessary but this was in Penticton on a 2 lane one way street. I believe the pedestrian was willing to wait until the cars passed.