Frisco Couldn't Punish a Speed Trap-Warning Pedestrian, So It Banned Standing in Medians

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If there's any North Texas suburb known for having a healthy amount of pedestrian activity -- Wait, is there? -- it's definitely not Frisco.

Frisco is better suited for people in cars. But while the city's sidewalks tend to be empty, it appears that the city is dealing with another, more sinister type of pedestrian: median-walkers.

The Frisco City Council just passed an ordinance that bans people from "stopping, standing, walking, running and/or otherwise entering in and/or upon a median."

The ordinance makes exceptions for people who need to run across the street in an emergency, and for law enforcement officers. Which raised a question: Who else would be hanging out in a median? Do people just chill there with their sun chairs when they need to relax? Are median hang-outs the new cool rich kid activity? (Cool readers: Please return our goddamn calls and let us know where this weekend's median hangout is at.)

Or maybe this is about something else? There is one person who has definitely stood on a Frisco median. Ron Martin, aka the Frisco sign-holder, whom we introduced you to a few months ago. Frisco arrested him for ruining a cop's speed trap by holding a "Police Ahead" sign. He waved the sign at passing motorists while standing in -- wait for it -- a median. The city was forced to let the case go when they couldn't figure out the actual legal reason for why were charging him with a crime. It happens.

It turns out, it's perfectly legal to warn people about speed traps. But now, if Martin tries to ruin speed traps again, he'll definitely be running afoul of Frisco's anti-median ordinance.

Well played, Frisco.

"What they're doing, it's just like third grade but on a political level," Martin tells Unfair Park.

Frisco Police Chief John Bruce pushed for the ordinance at Tuesday's City Council meeting. He vaguely mentioned that his department had arrested someone who stood in a median but didn't indicate who that person was. "Do you want people to be able to stand in medians without having a legitimate reason to be there or not?" Bruce asked the council during the meeting.

Martin has maintained from the beginning that he was only holding the sign after he saw a motorcycle officer parked in what he described was an unsafe position, supposedly facing oncoming traffic in the entrance of Frisco's Warren Sports Complex. And if he sees an officer parked like that again, he says, he's not going to let the city's new anti-median ordinance stop him from warning people about it.

"If I see that there's people in immediate danger, I don't really care about a city ordinance," he says.


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17 comments
ROFLCopter
ROFLCopter

30 years ago, Fisco was a sleepy hamlet of farm fields run by idiot rednecks in their local government.


Today, Frisco is a high median income area enjoying the benefits of a generous tax base provided by high paying jobs from Fortune 500 companies in the area immediately south.  The local government is still run by the same idiot rednecks now empowered with a sickening sense of entitlement and far too many resources from the tax payer.  The result is what you see in this article.

SarcasmoJones
SarcasmoJones

The irony is that the speed trap sign was probably more effective at slowing speeders down than writing tickets. Maybe someone should stand on the shoulder with a sign and warn folks about the median thing.

djericj
djericj

The irony here is that Frisco has no problem allowing people to stand on a bridge over 121 holding Ted Cruz signs.  However, stand in the median warning people about a speed trap, well, now you've crossed the line.

dfwenigma
dfwenigma

Oh this is going to go down well. Imagine this: pedestrian attends a function at a Frisco area hotel, perhaps they're an "out of towner". They step into the pedestrian median. Seeing this a Frisco police officer nabs the individual - oh let's imagine they're a reveler at the Ballpark in Frisco and they're going to the nearby hotel. They go across the street - and stand on a median waiting to cross over to the mall. The police sees them and tickets them. Yeah that will play out so very well for them.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

So, you can no longer cross any street with a median in Frisco?

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

So "an ordinance that bans people from "stopping, standing, walking, running and/or otherwise entering in and/or upon a median."" WTF are they going to do during a concert? An FC Dallas game? Jimmy Buffet? Merry Main Street? Or any other big event where people are crossing the street and standing in the median (until safe to completely cross)? Are they going to ticket everyone? This is so damn stupid, it's hard to believe.

veruszetec
veruszetec

Another great reason not to live, travel, or do business with Frisco.

Stop trying to be Plano, Frisco. You aren't fooling anyone.

lebowski300
lebowski300

Will this ordinance be enforced when the fire fighters beg in the streets?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Y'all have fun in Frisco. Thank god Dallas cops don't care about traffic enforcement.

ruddski
ruddski

Well, there's always the side of the road, as long as traffic is not being obstructed and there's no safety hazard.

That's the way most people I've seen on youtube do it.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Well, that sounds a little controlling.  Perhaps they should change the name of the place from Frisco to Stepford.

mattman59
mattman59

@SarcasmoJones  Arlington leaves cruisers parked on the side of 20 all the time.  They are parked off the road but at an angle to make you think they are occupied.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@djericj I wonder if they'd object to dangling Ted Cruz off a bridge over 121?

JFPO
JFPO

Frisco is already worse than Plano on just about every measurable level.

JFPO
JFPO

I've been calling it Stepford for years. It really fits.

SarcasmoJones
SarcasmoJones

@mattman59Yeah, I've seen them do it. Back when we cruised Cooper St. they would park a car with a mannequin dressed as a policeman behind the wheel.

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