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Letter to the Editor: Warning to all

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By Randi Jo Dooms


It is my intention to warn the pedestrians of Carbon and Emery counties of the increasing number of inconsiderate and aggressive drivers that are appearing on our streets.

There are no "safe zones" in real life. Sidewalks, crosswalks, and even parking lots are hazardous. A pedestrian runs the steep risk of being seriously injured or even killed, just for being there. It doesn't seem to matter that the pedestrian has the legal right of way, nor that the walk signal is lit as a clear indicator. These inconsiderate drivers don't pay any attention at all as they rush down the street on their way to pick up their precious Big Mac, their minds completely consumed by thoughts of hunger, even as they look right at you. These impolite drivers even go so far as to give you a look that plainly asks: "Well, what on Earth are you doing in the middle of the road while I'm driving? Why don't you watch where I'm going?"

It certainly is a common state for us all to be preoccupied with bills, families, work, and money, but this usual preoccupation is no excuse for negligence on the road.

People's lives are literally on the line when it comes to pedestrian safety on the streets and sidewalks of this country. There is yet a person wanted by police in Salt Lake City for vehicular manslaughter after hitting a cyclist, and fleeing the scene,. This selfish action resulted in the cyclist's death. Imagine the plight of the cyclist's family at not having the murderer identified. They will never find peace without justice.

On June 9 I was walking in downtown Price, when I came to the intersection by Maverik and Dinosaur Tire. I pressed the button to cross the street and waited patiently for my signal. It was early, and there were relatively few drivers on the streets at that point. The light turned red, and I was given my signal to cross. I had gotten about half-way across the street when a silver truck barreled left, heading straight for me. The driver looked straight at me as he raced ever nearer, hitting me hard with his mirror. He never stopped, but sped away. Obviously something was more important than checking to see if I was okay. Maybe he didn't realize he had hit me, but why wasn't he paying more attention? Why didn't he stop when he saw that I was crossing the street? I guess I will never know the who's and why's of my misadventure that morning, and I know that he will never be charged as I was unable to get his license plate number as he sped off into the distance.

This shouldn't have happened, and it wouldn't have if this man had simply been paying more attention to his surroundings. If you must walk somewhere in our fair city, please do so with caution and awareness. Wear bright clothing, even in the daytime so you may be identified. Always tell someone where you are going, just in case. Carry your cell phone with you at all times.

In the end, we cannot force drivers to pay attention to pedestrians, but we can always try.

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