Pedestrians should protect themselves

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2005

What makes people think they can cross Cordova Street at Douglas Highway and the traffic will automatically stop? I nearly ran over a pedestrian at 7:15 a.m., because I didn't see him. It was dark, raining and he was wearing a black coat. If it hadn't been for his companion who was wearing a light-colored coat and not in front of me yet, he probably would have been run over. I saw her in time to stop.

Juneau is very liberal about stopping to let pedestrians cross the street, and I do it myself. However, it's just not a very smart thing to take off across the street when a car is coming, especially when it's dark and your clothes are dark with no reflectors. The car may not see you in time to stop. A car is a big machine, and the pedestrian almost always looses.

This would be a good time to mention once again that the Cordova-Douglas Highway intersection needs to have a light for pedestrians crossing the street. We don't need another traffic fatality there to emphasize the need.

Connie Olson


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