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As long as we have traffic, distractions, and people with their minds elsewhere we will have to live with this type of tragedy and that only gets worse with illness and medication which further place our heads in the clouds. A change in course is not in the cards unless people would like to opt to leave their ear pods and smart phone out of the picture when driving, biking, running, and walking.

Actually, we spend tons of money every year in this area redesigning roads so that they are safer for drivers. In nearly every case, we wouldn't need to redesign them if all drivers drove in a safe manner at all times. However, that's not a practical expectation.

Just one small example is the redesign of the Rt. 50 / Courthouse Rd interchange in Arlington. This project to extend the acceleration/deceleration lanes costs $40M and is mainly designed to improve vehicular safety -- even though we wouldn't need this project if every driver took every precaution at all times. If we can spend lots of money to improve vehicular safety, why not spend at least a small amount for ped safety too?

by Falls Church on Dec 2, 2012 6:04 pm • linkreport

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