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Thoughts on pedestrian safety



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July 20, 2011 - Dear Editor,

The issue of public safety has prompted me to comment ("Safety meeting on intersection after walker hit," July 13).

I walk my dogs all over the place. For the most part, I find being a pedestrian in our township in most locations relatively safe, sans my own street, and I avoid the places that prove dicey.

I have never had an issue at the location where the individual was hit by a car, but I have witnessed some rather disrespectful drivers now and again, and would never choose to cross the street there. So the ideas presented by the walkable community experts to slow traffic through town are something I fully support.

Above that however, traffic incidents don't arise simply from the exact location where an individual is hit. They originate in the culmination of decisions over the years.

There isn't much that can be done to mitigate the number of bad decisions that have resulted in the sometimes ridiculous traffic for a community this size that I experience here. But there is opportunity to examine pending impacts that have not yet been created.

Beaumont at I-75 and M-15 was one of the worst possible locations for traffic through town.

Also, making a left Starbucks from Dixie – it's ridiculous that it can't be connected to the parking lot to Kroger. It is extremely dangerous.

It is only a matter of time before the foolishness of pending bad decisions translates further into tragedy.

There is a direct connection between uninformed decision making and wastefulness in tax spending. That's a given for most. But similarly, uninformed, poorly informed or biased decision making is likewise connected directly to tragedy.

Tammie Heazlit

Independence Township

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