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October 31, 2014

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letter to the editor:

The real problem is lazy pedestrians

I’m surprised there aren’t more pedestrian deaths from what I see around the city, including groups of high school students crossing a busy street dodging cars not more than 50 feet from a traffic-controlled intersection.

More than once, I’ve witnessed pedestrians racing across Lake Mead Boulevard or Cheyenne Avenue under the pedestrian walkways erected for their safety.

But every time there’s another pedestrian death, the police blame the drivers, then dress up an officer in a turkey suit and create a scenario where the driver didn’t stop at a crosswalk in a 45 mph zone so they could write a ticket and add to the city’s treasury.

A car versus a pedestrian always ends badly for the pedestrian, but it’s equally traumatic for the driver.

If they really want to lower the accident rate, they should crack down on the people who are too lazy to walk 100 feet to a signal-controlled intersection or walk a few extra feet up a ramp to a pedestrian crossover.

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