COMMUNITY | By Elizabeth Boyle-Reeves
It seems like every day there is a news report of somebody getting hit by a car or having an extremely close call. This would not be such a major issue if the pedestrian was in the wrong and not walking in the crosswalk at the time of these incidents.
We might not think much about the victims until it happens in our own community. On May 3, Judy MacIsaac-Davis was crossing at the intersection of Victoria Road and Thistle Street when she was hit by a pick-up truck. Judy was a paraplegic since six months of age and in a three-wheeled scooter. She is the most recent victim in the string of pedestrian-vehicle accidents that have become all too common in the Metro area.
So far in 2014 alone, there have been more than ten incidents of pedestrians being hit inside crosswalks. Two of the victims were disabled while another was a woman pushing her child in a stroller. In late March, four people were hit in four separate incidents in the Halifax area in a single day.
Worse, many of the drivers in these incidents are not charged, and those who are charged barely get a fine because Halifax Regional Police aren’t allowed to do much more in the way of punishment. There has been no justice for Judy MacIsaac-Davis who was killed so horribly. Somebody needs to step up and do something besides merely changing the look of the crosswalks. Just because the crosswalk is more visible to drivers does not mean the driver will stop.
Drivers need to watch carefully for pedestrians. Life is more important than shaving a few minutes off the daily commute.
Many students park up the street from Dartmouth High and cross Victoria Road to enter school through the main doors. Oftentimes cars passing by will not even slow down despite being in a school zone; they just speed through two highly visible crosswalks. School is supposed to be a safe place. But how safe is it when just trying to get to the door can result in injury or even death?