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'LOCAL/ STATE

Jawalking pedestrians vs. cars

The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 13, 1999 - 5A
a one-way battle'

By David Horn
For the Daily
After reading through, the complex lan-
uage of the Ann Arbor City Code, pedestri-
ans may be left wondering whether the City
o(Ann Arbor prohibits jaywalking.
The answer is no, said Ann Arbor Police
Dcpartment Sgt. Michael Logghe.
"Someone jaywalking is not going to get a
R'et. (Pcdcstrians) should use the cross-
Wlks and the lights when they can, but if
they don't. it's a battle between them and the
cars Logghe said. "It's usually a one-way
battle."
According to Article X11, Section 10:147
of the Ann Arbor City Code -- which regu-
lates the interaction between pedestrians and
motorists, "no pedestrian shall cross a street
at a location other than at a crosswalk into
which vehicle is then restricted by a traffic
control device unless such crossing may be
ALne safely and without interfering with
notor vehicle and bicycle traffic on that
street."
But when jaywalking, pedestrians should
remember that cars are not required to stop.
Besides the blind turns that exist through-
out the city, weather conditions can lessen
the integrity of the road surface, meaning
shorter reaction times for even the most con-
servative and cautious drivers.
Logghe said students should "use common
*nse" when crossing the street, particularly

when intoxicated.
Many students choose to walk home after
an evening of drinking, and it is "important
to remember that your judgment is impaired
when looking for oncoming traffic," Logghe
said.
There are a handful of "trouble spots" in
Ann Arbor, and pedestrians should pay par-
ticular attention to these, Logghe said.
Washtenaw Avenue and other streets sur-
rounding the Hill residence area are what
AAPD officers consider locations of con-
cern. At least a dozen cases of pedestrian
accidents are reported annually, Logghe
added.
"We have been lucky," he said. "There
hasn't been a fatality of this kind in years."
Many students said they consider Ann
Arbor to be a particularly pedestrian-friend-
lV city.
After jaywalking on South University
Avenue, LSA sophomore Benjamin Amis
remarked that he "didn't really think about
it. It's not like in some places where cars
wouldn't even stop. Here people are pretty
happy to let you cross."
Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jesse
Lewit said DPS also needs to remind bicv-
clists of certain safety guidelines. In addi-
tion to motorists, bicyclists also must be
aware of walkers and joggers.
Lewit reminds bicyclists that they arc
often accused of "reckless biking." He also

5'R;CHE,CKd/0
Pedestrians cross North University Avenue yesterday at the corner of South State Street. The Ann Arbor City Code says jaywalking is legal as long as it

is done safely and without interfering with trafi.
said bikers should aleri pedestrians when
passing on the sidewalk. Bicyclists arc
required to give others "a vcrbal warning,"
Lewit added.
Disobeving, traffic aws will usually carn

the violator a warning, and the rules apply to familiar with the traffic laws pertaining to
bicyclists and drivers alike. A bicyclist's see- their safety.
-nd offense will be treated no differently More information about bicyclist and pcdes-
than a motorist's. trian laws is availablc online at www .ann
Many pedestrians and bicyclists are not arbor mi. us//ramed/ artorner/def auh'm/i/m/.

Pep rally fires up
fans before game

Mini-Michigan

Anna Clark
the Daily
"We got any Michigan fans out there
tonight?"
The answer to Michigan football co-
captain Rob Renes' question was an
obvious yes, as cheers rocked the street
outside the Alpha Delta Phi house dur-
ing the fraternity's annual pep rally
Iri day.
The Michigan Marching Band and
eerleading squad joined top
iversity football players, football
coach Lloyd Carr and Athletic
tQirector Tom Goss at the rally to
fire up Michigan fans for the foot-
ball game against Rice University
on Saturday
"This rally is Michigan tradition,"
said Business junior Jay Love, an Alpha
Delta Phi member who entertained
passersby by dancing gleefully on the
sidewalk for an hour before the rally
gan.
Games with prizes, dance music pro-
vided by a disc jockey and Nerf football
tossing preceded the rally.
The section of South State Street
in front of the fraternity house was
closed around 6:45 p.m. to begin the
show.
Marching band music and cheers
reaffirmed the remarks of the much-
anticipated speakers, who both
*allenged and praised Michigan
fans for their spirit at football
games.
"If you leave and your throat isn't
sore, you haven't done your job,"
said quarterback and team captain
Toio Brady, an LSA fifth-year
senior.
But Carr said he wasn't worried
about a lack of noise.
"When the other team has the ball
i the north end of the stadium, I
ow it's going to be so loud that
they can't hear the signals," Carr
said.
Goss echoed Carr's enthusiasm.
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He referred to the season opener
football game against Notre Dame,
where attendance broke the previous
NCAA record.
"I could hear every one of you," he
said.
Carr mentioned his hopes for the
future of the team.
"What we would like to do next
New Year's Day is be in New
Orleans," he said, referring to the
No. I bowl game this season, the
Nokia Sugar Bowl.
"And we'd like to take you there
so you can have a good New Year's,
too."
Students weren't the only ones
who enjoyed the rally.
Industrial Engineering Prof. Jeff
Liker attended the rally with his
wife and young children.
All sported classic Michigan para-
phernalia.
"One of my students told me about
this," Liker said, as he surveyed the
scene. "We're here to get ready for the
football game"
Likdr's son Jesse nodded in enthusi-
astic agreement.
Ticket scalper and LSA senior
JoJo Martinez said he has come to
the Alpha Delta Phi rally for the past
ten years.
"But I'm not expecting much busi-
ness this year," he said. "Since this isn't
the biggest game, I'm selling these for
$20 versus the usual amount that's
around S100. And I'm still not doing
well.:
Martinez said he enjoyed the rally,
despite poor business.
"I like the crowd, the energy," he
said.
The rally came to a reluctant close
when Carr said he expected every fan to
be on time for the football game and
recommended a midnight cuffew for
fans.
- Daily Managing Sports Editor Rick
Freeman contributed to this report.

Abortion wait
law set to kick
i Wednesday
LANSING (AP) -- Starting Wednesday, any woman who
walks into an abortion clinic in Michigan will be told she
must wait 24 hours before having an abortion.
Clinics say they're ready for the change, the result of a
state law that passed in 1993 but was tied up in court until a
settlement was reached in June. They've received packets
from the state that women must read before undergoing an
abortion, and staff' members have been trained to follow the
new procedures.
But whether the state is prepared is less clear.
Earlier this month, officials at the Department of
Community Health were unaware of when the law went into
effect. The state has yet to resolve a dispute with county health
departments, some of whom refuse to distribute the packets.
"There is a question of whether the state even knows what
it's supposed to be doing," said Carmen Franco, administra-
tor of six Womancare clinics in southern Michigan. She said
she's still waiting for materials written in Arabic and Spanish.
Community Health spokesperson Geralyn Lasher
responds that the department has been very clear about the
new law and has been mailing thousands of packets to clin-
ics even though the law doesn't require it to. She said clinics
received letters in November explaining how to get the read-
ing materials, and the department has a toll-free number for
clinics to order whatever they need.
"I'm not surprised that they're still lhaving difficulties with
it, because they extended a lawsuit six years;' Lasher said of
the clinics.

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Verne Troyer, the Centreville, Mich., native who played Mini-Me ir "Austin Powers: The Spy Who
Shagged Me," leaves Michigan Stadium on Saturday after guest-directing the Michigan Marching
Band during the football game against Rice University.

DPS officials. lean toward
suicide in w-,om an s death

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
Evidence points to suicide in the
case of a 47-year-old woman who was
found dead from a gunshot wound to
the head Thursday in a University park-
ing structure.
A gun and a note were found next
to the woman's body. She was on
extended disability leave from the

University Health System. The
Department of Public Safety does
not suspect foul play and is pursuing
the possibility that the gunshot
wound was self-inflicted.
IPS received a call Thursday
around 3 p.m. from a passer-by
reporting that a woman was seated
on the fourth floor of M-18 parking
structure near the Taubman Center.

Upon arrival, the police found the
woman dead.
Police are awaiting results from
Friday's autopsy and toxicology
reports, which could require several
weeks for processing, before making
a final determination in the case.
"The police are still investigating;"
said University spokesperson Julie
Peterson.

FIGHT
Continued from Page 1A
guard said, the bar was at capacity,
which he estimated to be about 450
people. But as much of the crowd
migrated outside, he said, many still
remained inside.
"It was just a lot of people getting
drunk," he said. "A typical bar brawl. It
just got out of hand."
AAPD Sgt. Andrew Zazula said no
arrests were made, and no injuries were
reported. One of the rappers who was
involved in the original attack left the
scene with a bloody cut on his mouth.
Flocken said no other disturbances
were reported last night."It was a nice,,
quiet Sunday night," he said.

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