Weekly Feature

2013-12-11 / Letters to the Editor

Drivers need to be aware of walkers

As a resident of the Town of Tonawanda, I am very disappointed in many of the drivers who live here. More and more do not stop at stop signs.

As an avid walker with two children, I take as many safety precautions as possible. Drivers need to put the distraction aside and watch what they are doing while driving and pay attention to the road.

I am legally blind, and going on a walk in the neighborhood seems to be more hazardous as time passes. I have traveled the world and commuted to and from airports and colleges, yet walking in my own suburban neighborhood could get me hit by a careless driver.

I will be wearing brighter clothing and using my white cane to give drivers a better awareness of people around them. I do not need my white cane for neighborhood travel for myself, but it seems things are changing.

To the drivers everywhere, make wise traffic choices; it will save someone’s life, and it could be mine. I am someone’s daughter, sister, wife, mother, cousin and friend.

STOP because you are supposed to.

Jill Pritchard
Cleveland Drive

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