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Oct. 15, 2013 @ 12:11 AM

Safety an issue for pedestrians

I appreciate the editorial in The Herald-Dispatch on Oct. 7 regarding the tragic auto-pedestrian accidents. Like most of us, I am saddened by these recent tragedies.

I think the authorities are right to look into various issues that can make pedestrians more safe. I would also like to offer up two things that may also help minimize the number of such tragedies. Those two things are speed and attention.

Let's face it, we would be hard-pressed to find a place where most of us aren't cruising 5 to 10 mph faster than the posted limit.

Also, when we are distracted by anything that isn't in front of us, we are much less able to notice and respond to things in front of us. I notice this about myself when looking at the radio, at my children, or my MP3 player. I bet most of what we do can wait until we get through a congested area or the next time we stop.

I am not aware of the details of these particular incidents, so I am not making any judgment about what caused the tragedies. I simply want to challenge all of us who drive to not unsafely push our speed and attention to unsafe territory.

Alongside of us on the highways are beautiful lives that depend on us to look out for one another.

Charles Case

Chesapeake, Ohio



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