As a professional driver, I've experienced an alarming number of pedestrians and drivers who show a complete lack of safety precautions when visiting the new Port Coquitlam community centre.
There is a dark, narrow road with very little parking, on a busy bus route and yet parents allow their excited kids to dart across the road wearing dark clothing. Someone is going to be killed there — not if, but when.
Parents, please do not let your children jump out the car straight into the traffic.
Drivers, please check for upcoming traffic, especially buses, before throwing open your doors as there is little to no room to maneuver past an open car door.
And it would be great if the municipality either limited parking opposite the community centre or put a wide pedestrian walkway between the traffic lights and installed lights to make that area more visible.
Doing at least one or all of these precautions might help reduce the time before the first tragic accident happens.
Chris Grindley-Ferris, Coquitlam
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