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March 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Pedestrians at risk by motorists in Seattle

There have been a lot of words written about the conflict between motorists and bicyclists in the streets of Seattle [“Why are drivers so angry at cyclists?,” Opinion, Jan. 10].

How about motorists and pedestrians? I’ve walked a mile each way from the ferry terminal to my office on Fourth and Pike and back for four years. And I can say with absolute certainty that there has not been one day that either me or someone I’ve seen is nearly run down in the crosswalk by a car running a red light or simply in a big hurry to get through the intersection. The level of aggression and disregard for human safety is stunning.

What’s it going to take for Seattle police and the city to realize this is a real problem and they need to do something to address it? You don’t have to be drunk to kill someone with a car. Instead of cameras at intersections maybe the occasional motorcycle cop is a good idea. I’m sure there are some pretty irresponsible pedestrians too, but a car shouldn’t become an assault weapon just because you’re frustrated or late.

Rick Stanton, Bainbridge Island

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