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 Post subject: Crosswalk courtesy
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:56 pm 
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A Letter to the Editor in the Dec. 18 Tomahawk Leader:

To The Editor:

There is a law in Wisconsin that requires motorists to stop at all designated crosswalks when pedestrians are in them. Now that the weather is cold, we are all bundled up more than usual and do not move as quickly as we do in warmer weather. Even children look like inflated snowmen in their snow gear and boots. It is so important to be on the lookout when pedestrians are in the crosswalks due to slippery conditions and age-related problems. Unfortunately, many motorists are not adhering to this law and someone may end up paying a high price for their negligence.

This was almost the case on Tuesday as a friend and I were crossing from Cruisers to Dunn Insurance. A truck was turning the corner a block away (in our lane) as we stepped off the curb and we felt we had plenty of time to cross, but his speed was also a factor, and when Mary called out “Kay, he’s going to hit us,” I turned in time to watch her coat move as he actually brushed against her as he passed. That was too close for comfort and we were both very scared.

Motorists, please, we need your help. What if it were a family member of yours who had been in that crosswalk? How would you feel? Let’s all have a Happy Holiday this year by obeying the law.

Kay Johnson
Tomahawk


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