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Letter of the Day: Dangerous drivers

  • PC: 07PStreets--Judy Arellano and her daughter Amy, 10, cross Washington Street at Keller in Petaluma running. Vehicles did not stop for them while they were in the crosswalk.

    2/7/2003: P1: Judy Arellano and her daughter Amy, 10, run to cross Washington Street at Keller Street in Petaluma. Vehicles failed to stop while they were in the crosswalk.

Dangerous drivers

EDITOR: A day after Santa Rosa's latest hit-and-run fatality ("Man killed in SR hit-run," Thursday), I waited until daylight to walk the half block to my nearest postal drop. As I approached the corner, a car ran the stop sign next to me to enter Sam's Market at the corner of McConnell and Humboldt in the JC neighborhood. I said to the driver, "You need to stop at stop signs." I had crossed the street when the driver came out of the store, and he said something not so nice to me.

I am a blind pedestrian, and I don't want to become a statistic. Ironically, my old friend Beryl Brown, a longtime safety advocate, and I stood along with several other blind people at this very corner some four years ago discussing safety issues with traffic circles.

Now it's come to me: Alertness and courtesy could have defused this all-too-close call. Drivers are wielding two-ton machines that do irreparable and inexcusable harm to pedestrians. Sonoma County has way too many incidents of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities.

NELSON PEREIRA

Santa Rosa


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