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Caution, people crossing

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By The Staff

I have been a frequent pedestrian in Los Alamos for more than 20 years. My family also loves and rides Atomic City Transit several times a week. We live just a few blocks from where November’s very sad accident took place. All that has been written about the accident in this column has neglected to mention one thing – the crosswalks in this town are the most dangerous places to cross the streets.

My kids and I ponder why probably around 90 percent of drivers will stop for pedestrians in front of the post office, yet barely 10 percent will allow pedestrians – even pedestrians with strollers and youngsters on foot – to cross at crosswalks further from the center of town. Anyone who enjoys walking knows the intersection near the high school, Conoco Hill, and the outlying crosswalks demand extreme vigilance.

I have complained to the Los Alamos police more times than I can remember through the years about driver behavior at crosswalks. I find it incredibly hypocritical that they charged the ACT driver in November’s accident. They could not help but be aware that the flagging policy was risky; they knew the crosswalks promote a false sense of security.


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