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February 15, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Lower speed limits: Pedestrians can do more to protect themselves

Congratulations to the mayor, the police department and the Seattle Department of Transportation for lowering the speed limits. This is a huge step forward in the never-ending quest to drive the motorists of this town completely insane.

Since we are already No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian safety, according to the pedestrian safety survey performed by Liberty Mutual Insurance, one has to wonder why this is needed, other than the obvious revenue stream, of course.

Enforcement of existing laws might be more effective. Go after jaywalkers and people who cross streets when the light is about to turn red, for instance. Keep up the public information campaigns aimed at texting, headphone-wearing and clueless pedestrians who step off the curb without looking. And how about putting in more sidewalks in those areas that lack them?

When walking, take responsibility for your own safety. The nanny government of this town can’t possibly hold everyone’s hand while they’re crossing the street.

Mary Woodring, Seattle

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