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March 25, 2014 > Letter to Editor: Senior pedestrians need crossing safety education

Letter to Editor: Senior pedestrians need crossing safety education

I have had two incidents in the last two weeks of senior couples, one Indian and one Chinese, crossing the street at a signal directly in front of my car against the light. I always look both ways before proceeding and had not yet started forward in either event. They paid no attention to what the pedestrian crossing sign indicated.

In both situations, the woman was several steps ahead and did not look left or right. Both times I shouted, ÒPlease wait for the light!Ó out of sheer frustration and concern for their safety. In both cases, the men stopped, smiled and waved me through. I don't think they knew what I said. The women kept going.

I donÕt know if the City of Fremont Senior Center presents information to those that frequent the Center on using a pedestrian crossing signal, but it would sure benefit both the pedestrians and our local drivers. We need to help seniors understand for their own safety.

If families have seniors living in their home, please help by showing them how to use the pedestrian crossing buttons and when the crossing signal is showing them it's safe to cross.

Doug Tinney

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