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October 9, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Crossing Guard asks for suggestions

Letter to the Editor: Crossing Guard asks for suggestions

Tri-City Voice published a Letter to the Editor I wrote about crossing guards [Sep 25, 2012] and I have been pleased at the response.

'At most crosswalks, we have a problem with drivers running stop signs and/or stop lights. Every day, I see drivers talking on cell phones, eating, smoking cigarettes and sometimes, doing all of the above activities at the same time while approaching stop signs. The crosswalk where I work - Nicolet and Isherwood - is extremely active in the morning as cars and pedestrians are either headed for work, American High School, Brookvale Elementary School or just using the street, some under the illusion that they are in a NASCAR race.'

Drivers have stopped and told me they thought the letter was very good and parents have told me they liked it as well. I get "Thank You" from parents often and I sincerely appreciate it but we all need to go further.

We all need to talk about it [safety] with friends and relatives ferrying our children back and forth from school to home, home to the mall, and any other place where our children go. We need to talk about it with our children and with parents at PTA meetings. Communication is the key.

I have noticed more people making an effort to come to a complete stop at my intersection. However, I still see some drivers enter the intersection when I am standing in the middle of the crosswalk. It is against the law and extremely dangerous for cars to enter a crosswalk where I am standing. I again ask everyone to be aware.

If anyone has any suggestions to help improve this situation, feel free to contact me at: FYI, cones will not work at this location because the street is narrow and large vehicles need room for passage.

Conrad Bloom

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