Current crosswalk not safe enough

Agassiz needs a bypass to help make the streets safer

Last week I wrote a letter to your newspaper about a man in a wheelchair that was almost hit by a car at the crosswalk by the Prospera Credit Union. Today I witnessed another close call at the same crosswalk.

I was in the left lane traveling south and stopped for an elderly lady who had just pressed the button and the orange lights were flashing. A car coming towards me also stopped as she started across the highway. Then to my surprise two cars in the right lane passed me and bolted through the crosswalk with no concern for the flashing orange lights or the fact that I was stopped.

This crosswalk needs a change. Put in a Walk/Don’t Walk light for the pedestrians which would create a red light for drivers. This would make it safer for pedestrians until we find a way to put in a bypass around Agassiz. There is a lot of strangers coming through our town on their way to and from Harrison Hot Springs. The safety of our residents should come first and foremost and it is time to make the appropriate changes.

Jack van Dongen

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