Re: “Second pedestrian fatality.”
My empathy goes out to the families and friends of the victims. Pedestrian safety in Abbotsford has been, and is, a major concern to me.
I do lots of walking about our city and there is not a week that goes by that I do not experience close calls in crosswalks while crossing the street at intersections even when the walk signal is showing. This is greatest at T junctions where the drivers of vehicles do not have to be concerned with oncoming traffic or are filtering to the right and only look to their left.
In my opinion drivers should not be shown a green light at the same time that pedestrians are in these crosswalks when a walk signal is showing.
Many drivers are not pedestrians and often seem unaware of the walk light at these junctions. I have raised my concerns with the traffic planning department in the city and even suggested improvements to the situation. Basically the response I got was that they are aware of such problems but in this day and age one must not delay the motorist unduly.
I am a senior myself so it might be seen as being self-interested only. I suppose many of us seniors have completed our useful contributions to society and so what if a few of us pay the ultimate price so long as traffic is not unduly delayed? After all, it isn’t like we are some important person and we are on our way out soon anyway.
P.S. I apologize to the families and friends of these victims if I have offended them, but at least in some small way I am attempting to save others from the same fate.
Colin King, Abbotsford