Pedestrians can make crossings safer

Pedestrians also have to act responsibly, says letter writer

I have been reading quite a few letters in recent week regarding how dangerous it is using crosswalks in Agassiz.

I walk around town a lot and find it scary at times. We had a family discussion yesterday  on the subject. My son in law, who grew up in Toronto, said that people point out their arm when they intend to cross the road. When you fully extend your arm it makes your side profile larger, then drivers are more likely to see you.

Also, I make sure that the traffic comes to a full a stop before I begin to cross. Then make eye contact with the driver, and acknowledge them with a smile or a ‘thank you’ wave.

There are many bad drivers out there, especially ignoring cell phone laws. Pedestrians also have to act responsibly.

Joanne Veltkamp