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LETTER: Stay safe out there, St. John's

Two pedestrians were taken to hospital following a vehicle pedestrian collision on Ropewalk Lane Monday night. Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Two pedestrians were taken to hospital following a vehicle pedestrian collision on Ropewalk Lane Monday night. Keith Gosse/The Telegram

I’m seeing multiple vehicle-pedestrian collision stories lately in the local news with predictably devastating injuries and even death resulting.

Apparently common sense may not be that common.

Motorists — stay vigilant and off distracting devices. Pedestrians are being forced out on the road due to large volumes of snow burying the sidewalks. They are especially hard to see at night.

Pedestrians — if you have to walk on the road (and its unavoidable at times), walk facing traffic, be prepared to leap onto a snowbank, and wear reflective clothing.

Never assume a motorist will see you. Instead, assume you are invisible and stay out of the path of oncoming vehicles.

I can’t tell you, as a motorist, how often I’ve seen pedestrians forced out onto a busy narrow street, walking back-on to traffic, at night, and directly in the lane of my vehicle.

They are totally putting their life in my hands, and that is not a smart thing to do.

C’mon people. Stay smart. Stay alive.

Weston Raske,
St. John’s


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