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Pedestrians, Beware

Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page B06

The April 19 Metro story about the hit-and-run death of James Brian Doherty, a D.C. man who feared being hit by a car, resonated with me.

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous trip to Washington with our children. The weather was gorgeous, as were the cherry trees, and we found the city a breeze to negotiate thanks to Metro. The only dark cloud was the dreadful behavior of car and truck drivers, especially those who careened around corners heedless of pedestrians in the crosswalks.

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Our state recently passed legislation making it illegal for a vehicle to enter a crosswalk within two lanes of a pedestrian. If Washingtonians have no inherent sense of courtesy toward those who walk, perhaps it is time to enact similar legislation in your city.

KATE WILKINS

Portland, Ore.


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