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May 28, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Could drivers avoid pedestrian strikes?

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I am reading with disdain about the number of deaths in this city by pedestrians being hit by moving vehicles: six as of this writing, and we are still in January.

My question is: Did the drivers of these vehicles have any opportunity to avoid hitting these people either by slowing down or changing lanes?

It seems to me that if you do happen to walk outside of the crosswalk boundaries, you become fair game for any car that happens to come along.

I cannot believe that in every instance, the drivers of the vehicles had no chance whatsoever to avoid contact with these pedestrians either by slowing down or changing lanes, as in every case these deaths occurred on streets where there are either two or three lanes in each direction and at times when traffic is not at its peak.

Maybe drivers in this city should be reminded that the steering wheel and brakes should be used when a pedestrian crosses the street.

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