As of Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Dalles Watch for walkers
To the editor:
Dear Downtown Drivers: I know it is an inconvenience to drive the 20 mile an hour speed limit, I understand you are in a big hurry to get where you are going.
I sit in an office every day and watch you speed by and dread both lunch time and going home as I have to cross in front of you and who knows if this time when one car stops for me if you will go blazing by and glare at me for daring to be in the crosswalk and interfering in your travels.
I just wonder when 20 miles an hour became so fast and when concern about pedestrians, young, old and even injured and wheelchair-bound became less important than you getting to your destination in such haste.
Please take the time to watch for pedestrians. If a car in the lane next to you stops, please be aware that someone may be crossing and have the decency to at least mouth an I’m sorry when you nearly run someone down.
Fear of daily crossing in downtown has become my normal state and I am not young, old, injured or in a wheelchair.