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Thursday, March 2, 2017
How to Protect People that Cross State Street
By Spring, a guest blogger
Looking north at crosswalk light at 3600 S State Street in SSL.
Step 1: Recognize the Problem
September 23, 2016, I almost got hit again crossing State Street at the new crossing
light at 3600 South State Street.
Has this ever happened to you? What
did you do about it?
I took action. I
called the South Salt Lake Police station. The officer who answered the phone
told me that the police couldn't do anything about drivers running through the
crossing light. I was mad because they weren't willing to protect me, one of
their citizens. I was hurt because I didn't think that they thought my life was
important to them.
next day, on my way to an appointment with my two-year-old son and my husband,
we were almost hit at the same crossing light at 3600 South. We pushed the button and waited for the lights to
blink. The crosswalk has really good signs and great flashing lights. Cars are
supposed to stop and wait for us to cross in front of them before they start up
again. We got halfway and then got stuck in the middle of the road because cars
in the other direction did not stop.
drivers don't pay attention to people that use crosswalks. Unfortunately, I
have to use crosswalks every day to go to school and go home.
Step 2: Share the problem
I explained my situation to
Deb and asked, “How can I fix this situation?”
She told me to write a letter
to the editor of the newspapers – Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.
My reason for writing this letter was to tell drivers to watch out for us
pedestrians using the crosswalks. I just wanted drivers to help keep all of us
who walk to places, even people with small kids or kids that have to use
crosswalks to go to school, safe.
I also sent a copy of my letter to the South
Salt Lake Police Chief, South Salt Lake Mayor, and three of South Salt Lake's
Step 3: Work out a solution with the people who have the authority to help
Although my "Letter to the Editor" was never published in either newspaper, my voice was heard. Last November, I was invited to
South Salt Lake's City Council meeting. The room was full. The police chief
said he would send some of his officers to check out the situation. I think the
meeting turned out great because they listened to me.
The next night on my way
home, as I was about to cross, a guy ran the flashing crosswalk light. This time a motorcycle cop
was watching the guy. Guess what? The police officer pulled him over and talked
to him. The guy told the officer off – he said, “I don't need to stop for
pedestrians.” So, the officer gave him two tickets.
Since then, many more people
have been pulled over and given tickets. One day, a bus was even pulled over.
I think sending my letter to
the mayor has been a big success!
Two pieces of advice:
If you have a problem, please tell your town
mayor, the police chief, and your city council people. The only way they will
know how to help you is if you tell them.
By the way, I've noticed that
often people who speed through the crosswalk are either talking or texting on
their cell phones. So...