Letters to the Editor

Tri-City drivers must be cautious about pedestrians, too

The Editor,

Re. “Parents, nag your children” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Nov. 23).

The headline on Lisa Bunnage’s letter should also read “Children, nag your parents.”

I agree that children need to be coached in safe pedestrian habits — and parents/guardians/schools do this — but let’s document a few facts:

• Pedestrians have a right to safe passage on our sidewalks and thoroughfares.

• Drivers have the privilege to drive.

Ms. Bunnage seems to suggest that the onus is on the pedestrian — not true. Drivers need to be aware of the fall and winter conditions and drive appropriately. This includes keeping a watchful eye on their surroundings.

It is an onerous responsibility to be a driver, so take it seriously. It would seem that many drivers these days simply drive mechanically. How many actually do what is required regularly while driving, such as...

• Watch the road ahead — anticipate.

• Check the periphery — what’s happening around you.

• Check rear and side mirrors.

• Check gauges on dash

• Don’t get distracted by what’s happening in the car — if you are, pull over.

As a driver, I have been rear-ended while stopped at a pedestrian crossing by a driver who wasn’t driving properly and, as a pedestrian, I’ve almost been hit countless times on the new Coast Meridian four-lane freeway at pedestrian crossings. I have been verbally abused by a truck driver for having the audacity to cross at a crossing. In one instance, I was almost hit by a truck from a local quarry that simply plowed through the crossing while the other three lanes had stopped for me — and the driver was on his cell phone at the time.

When people actually learn from what they’ve been taught, we’ll all be safer.

Brian Wormald, Port Coquitlam

 

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