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Category: Pedestrians
March 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Man with history of alcoholism and DUI arrests kills two in fatal crash

Individuals should consider abandoning alcohol entirely The latest fatalities caused by the drunken driver in Seattle make me weep [“The road to tragedy: alcohol, second chances,” page one, March 27]. Weighing the carnage on the roads, the rapes, assaults and murders committed by people under alcohol’s influence, as well as the ruined marriages, devastated families, lost…

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March 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Driver with previous DUI arrests kills two in fatal crash

Action should preclude tragedy The tragedy on Northeast 75th Street was a needless event [“The road to tragedy: alcohol, second chances,” page one, March 27]. The city has known of the speeding issues on Northeast 75th. The driver was known to have alcohol issues and never installed an alcohol-sensitive ignition lock mandated by the court. When…

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March 27, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Two DUI arrests on record for driver in fatal wreck

DUI offenders should not be driving A driver kills two pedestrians and critically injures two other people, one a 10-day-old infant [“Driver in fatal wreck had 2 DUI arrests,” page one, March 26]. It has been reported (and is a matter of public record) that this driver had two previous DUI offenses and has been “struggling…

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September 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle Center parking: Should a memorial get in the way of handicap access?

Loss of handicapped parking irrelevant in long run The Seattle Times story regarding the Seattle Center’s apparent disregard for disabled citizens [“Theatergoers protest plan to move disabled parking,” NWTuesday, Sept. 1] failed to put the whole situation in perspective. Part of the Seattle Center’s Century 21 Master Plan calls for the creation of new underground parking beneath…

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August 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Traffic law: Is a criminal charge warranted in killing others on the road?

Roads shouldn’t be governed by survival of the fittest I heartily disagree with the state Court of Appeals and The Seattle Times [“Court right to reject Seattle traffic law,” Opinion, editorial, Aug. 21] that a traffic infraction cannot turn into a crime. It seems to me that turning illegally into the path of an oncoming vehicle —…

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August 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Overturned pedestrian law: sending motorists the wrong message

Cyclists, pedestrians not just collateral damage in accidents Is the life of a bicyclist or pedestrian worth no more than the life of a deer shot out of hunting season? That appears to be the opinion of The Seattle Times in its Aug. 21 editorial [“Court right to reject Seattle traffic law,” Opinion]. Per The Times and…

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August 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

War on seagulls: Are these birds a nuisance or part of Seattle scene?

Seagulls, like the Needle, a Seattle landmark I wonder what Ivar Haglund, founder of Ivar’s restaurant, would think about the new War on Seagulls [“The war on seagulls,” front page, August 4]. Can’t speak for him, but I’m pretty sure if someone had called Ivar’s Acres of Clams while he was still alive and asked for comments…

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July 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bellevue shopping carts: What is best to prevent their theft?

Keep the carts in a corral I wonder if Bellevue has looked at other cities or countries in its search for the answer to disappearing shopping carts [“Bellevue ponders measure to herd lost shopping carts,” NWMonday, July 6]. I recall from living in Washington, D.C., that many area supermarkets installed railings along the edge of the…

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May 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Crosswalk overhaul

Mismatched ramps endanger the disabled “Making it safer for foot traffic”? [NWThursday, May 7] How about looking at simple things first? Take a walk on Fourth Avenue from James Street to Pike Street. Notice the large number of mismatches between the crosswalk stripes and the sidewalk ramps. The elderly or disabled who have difficulty with curbs are…

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May 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Crosswalk stings

John Lok / The Seattle Times Crosswalk caution stations in downtown Kirkland carry a warning about risks to pedestrians. Help avoid heartbreak of losing loved one Before Feb. 22, 2008, I may have counted myself among the numerous critics of Seattle’s recent crosswalk sting [“Drivers feel crosswalk sting,” NWMonday, May 4]. On that day, my father was hit in…

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