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"The District needs to focus on the most unsafe behavior."

So should we ignore, say, speeding and concentrate exclusively on red light running because it's more unsafe? I don't think so - I think we need a holistic enforcement plan just like we need a holistic transit plan.

We absolutely need to make more sensible and pedestrian-friendly intersections and provide safe and convenient options. As someone who'd rather walk than train and rather train than drive I'm completely on board with that. But I kid you not, at least once a week as a driver I find myself with my heart racing because some pedestrian makes some unbelievably risky choice and almost makes me a killer.

That doesn't excuse anyone for offenses committed behind the wheel. But those offenses don't make for a blank check for other risky behavior, even if the lives those pedestrians are most risking are their own. Or their child's, like the person who almost pushed a carriage out into the street between two parked cars and in front of me.

by Don Whiteside on Jan 30, 2013 12:14 pm • linkreport

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