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Pedestrians, protect yourself from drivers

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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:00 am

For more than one year I have been concerned about our driving habits in Lodi, and wonder if this is a problem for others.

Last year, I watched from the left turn lane as a young fellow walked out into the intersection in the cross-walk, as a driver intending to turn left kept coming in his direction. Much to my fear, surprise and astonishment, the young man was hit by the right front fender of the car and ended up rolling to the edge of the curb; neither the driver nor the pedestrian saw each other. He did not appear to be badly hurt, but the episode caused me great concern since I was helpless and had to watch this affair to its completion from a front-row center seat.

In the months that follow, there seems to be a prevalence of dark gray and black attire on bike riders, walkers, joggers and skateboard enthusiasts. From dusk to dark, it is nearly impossible to see a person disguised in dark garments even in a well-lit intersection. Why this desire to go incognito?

With so many more drivers, pedestrians, bikers, etc., on the road, it becomes more fearful to be the rock venturing out into an intersection where one might encounter the glass jar. Whatever happens, it's not so good for the glass jar!

Sometimes we drivers are distracted with our cellphones, our text messaging, our CDs and radios, the child in the back seat needing an animal cookie or whatever, so you who are more vulnerable, watch out for us. (I even saw a bus driver reading from an 8-by-11-inch sheet of paper while turning a corner recently.)

Even though the ultimate responsibility becomes the driver's, please don't entrust your life to us. Don't walk or ride into that crosswalk unless you have your eye on drivers. We just might not see you. Consider "the color white while out at night" or reflectors on your clothing. The life you keep protected might just be your own.

Thomas E. Barnett


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