October 29, 2016 · 0 Comments
What is Wrong with Orangeville Drivers?
I was almost hit by a car when out for a run yesterday. I came upon a crosswalk clearly marked by stop signs. I was halfway across when a driver moved forward towards me. She finally stopped though did honk her horn. Seriously? Had she forgotten a fundamental rule that pedestrians have the right of way? Regrettably, this is not an isolated case. Several friends – pushing baby strollers no less – have been nearly hit in the same way. At my daughter’s school, I’ve seen more than one driver almost hit a child crossing the intersection, despite the presence of a crossing guard.
Then there’s the speed. On our street alone, two people were hit this year by speeding drivers – one sustained such a severe head injury that he is still off work.
We need slower speed limits town-wide, regular and widespread police enforcement of driving rules, and traffic calming measures across residential neighbourhoods and school zones.
Town council and the police department ignore this issue at their peril. A failure to act could mean more injuries and even death.