Pedestrian crossings
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 6:50 am

Both my husband and I have recently noticed an increase in the number of students not paying any attention at pedestrian crossings. The students are either on their phones, have ear buds in, or are just not looking around before they step out in to traffic. We realize that pedestrians have the right of way in the cross walks, however, we believe that they have some responsibility to make sure that the vehicle operator has spotted them and is able to stop in time for them to cross. We have both had incidents where the student has just stepped out and started across the road without regard for their own safety or the ability of the vehicle to stop in time. We have noticed this the most on the Back Hannawa Road, by the housing and lacrosse field. Despite our vigilance, we are afraid that some student is going to be injured or killed because they are oblivious to their surroundings. We would love to see the colleges and the local police address this issue. Making sure that the students know their responsibility as well as being aware of their surroundings just makes sense. The same goes for students on bikes and using signals as well as following the rules for use on the roadway.