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Objects to experiment

June 25, 2011
Messenger News

To the editor:

I agree with the letter submitted by Rich Chalfant on June 17, regarding the traffic light experiment. Blinking red lights, traffic lights with bags over them and stop signs replacing traffic lights. This is a dangerous situation and poses a real threat not only to our motorists, but to our pedestrians. If the traffic lights are not functioning ... then the crosswalk signs are not. Chalfant brings up a good point of motorists not stopping or yielding to others. Are they yielding to pedestrians? This is a safety concern to our community as a whole especially to those who may have disabilities or the elderly who may have a difficult time or may need extra time crossing the street. With summer break in session, kids are likely to be downtown and rely on the crosswalks to safely cross the street.

City leaders please reconsider this traffic experiment before it's too late and someone gets hit or run over. Saving a few dollars is not worth risking a life, which is priceless. After all the life you save may be your own or your loved one.

Jody Hickey

Fort Dodge



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