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Your Opinion: Motorists ignore pedestrians at crosswalk

by John Mier, Jefferson City | February 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. | Updated January 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.

Dear Editor:

On Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m., I saw a woman with a child in a stroller and a babe in arms get off the bus at Missouri Boulevard and Howerton Court. Although the intersection is clearly marked as a pedestrian crossing, dozens of cars ignored the trio, standing in the frigid temperature, as the drivers sped along to their important destinations.

Finally the young woman saw a traffic gap and took the lives of her children and herself in hand and moved quickly across Missouri Boulevard.

Again the pedestrian crossing in clearly marked so pedestrians should have the right of way. It should be given, not only because it is the law, but as common human courtesy. Nothing can be so important, especially while sitting in a nice, warm car, that drivers should not be able to allow their fellow human beings to cross the street.

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