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September 20, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Crack down on crosswalk violators

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End the crosswalk problems. Catch someone failing to yield to a pedestrian, tow the car and take the driver to jail. They will have to post a bond and then appear in court. Only then will these “I’m in a hurry” drivers get the message. If that does not work, charge them with assault with a deadly weapon. This has been done with people who try to run down a police officer.

A driver who does not stop for a person in a crosswalk thinks that they are more important. They cannot be bothered by the rules of the road or the rule of law.

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  1. Totally agree. Look to Deutschland for the example. Drive through a pedestrian crosswalk with a pedestrian in it, and the German Polizei will pull you out of the window of your car, taking the car door with you if need be.

    CarmineD

  2. And what about the pedestrians who are NOT in crosswalks but endanger drivers' lives?

  3. There is a proper way for a driver to act when a person or persons are in a crosswalk. The driver is supposed to wait until these folks have completed on to the other side of the street (sidewalk) and not move their vehicle until such time.Pedistrians have the right of way in a marked crosswalk.

    Jay walkers are just as guilty as driver's who fail to yield to pedistrians in crosswalks,and both should be ticketed.

  4. Byantigov,

    "And what should the driver do when the pedestrian stops before they get to the sidewalk because they are texting someone?"

    BLOW THE HORN.

  5. Being new here living in LV I have noticed people using cross walks move like turtles when crossing. I wonder if some of them are going to make it to the other side. They do not look at all talk on cell phones and have ear phones in. People crossing the street need to pay attention to what they are doing and move faster. The drivers need to always be aware of these things but they also take the quick way out and take risk going through red lights and etc. I pity the emergency vehicles who have a daily fight to go through intersections they must dodge these kind of drivers. People need to understand what AT Risk Behavior is and how to avoid it. So when the government passes more new laws to help relieve these problems don't cry the Government is trying to control us they are trying to save us.

  6. Karley,

    Your ridiculous solution is well, ridiculous, and certainly would not meet any letter-of-the-law.

    It has been my experience that pedestrians on 6 lane highways -- in poorly marked locations -- with 45+ mph speed limits -- and a multitude of driving distractions from signs, other vehicles, etc. ignore those facts an often put their life at risk.

    If this City were serious about solving this problem, it would spend money and effort improving the visibility of crosswalks instead of dressing up policemen in turkey suits in and attempt to ring the cash register.

    Purgatory