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January 24, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on the Highway 28 crosswalk

The recent crosswalk deaths followed by the sting have a common problem of the crosswalk itself.

A mid-block, unlit and (considering the backgrounds at night) poorly marked crosswalk should be of concern to all Incline and NDOT. A crosswalk is to help pedestrians, not provide a false sense of security.

Consider:

1) The crosswalk is mid-block which is itself uncommon.

2) There is absolutely no lighting — no overhead or even ambient surrounding; no push-button flashing warning or even continual light on the warning signs.

3) Particularly at night, the backdrops of the signage do more to hide the signs than make them stand out. West, the sign is in front of the bus shelter and blends in; East, there is a blocking tree partly in front of the sign and behind it also blends into the background.

Some could argue this crosswalk is more a hazard than a help. The sting results reinforce this argument, as surely the number of people caught is extreme and I believe more a result of the crosswalk location and marking than their individual lapses ... and I have no crosswalk violations to worry or complain about.

Darryl Dworkin

Incline Village


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