Pedestrians bear some responsibility for their safety

Re: Only takes a minute (Letters, NewsLeader, June 13)

I agree some drivers are impatient when driving near Uptown New West.

One must consider some of the reasons for their impatience. I drive to Uptown on a daily basis and am shocked by the number of pedestrians who ignore “Don’t Walk” signs, jaywalk, or step in front of 3,000 pounds of steel expecting a safe crossing. There are moms pushing strollers and walking their children across on red lights.

It also takes only 60 seconds to obey traffic signals and signs. If you disobey laws and get hit, you will also be there for more than 60 seconds. Bring on education and enforcement.

Be wise, be safe!

John Ashdown

New Westminster

• • • • •

Well said: if you hit a pedestrian… it will delay you for more than 60 seconds. In at least one province (Nova Scotia), I hear it is illegal for a driver to let his or her vehicle even enter a crosswalk when a pedestrian is still there.

On the other hand, further away, in Argentina, I saw possibly the youngest jaywalker—a young mother walking across an intersection illegally, with her small baby on her breast.

I encourage our adults to set good safe examples for children.

Franci Louann

New Westminster

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...