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Week of January 21, 2013

Letters

The University Record welcomes letters from members of the university community. Those on topics of broad university interest will be given preference for publication. Letters should be no more than 500 words and must be signed. The editorial staff reserves the right to reject any letter and to edit and/or condense letters for publication. The staff also reserves the right to limit the number of letters submitted by the same individual. Letters may appear in small type. Organizations submitting material must include the name and address of an appropriate officer. Letters must be received by noon Wednesday to receive consideration for publication in the next issue.

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Posted by GEORGE ROSENWALD | Jan 22, 2013
In your recent article about crosswalk safety you repeat a widespread mis conception. You state that a motorist must stop for pedestrians who are approaching the curb. This misrepresents the ordinance, which requires motorists to stop for pedestrians who are ready and waiting to cross the street, i.e., those who are stopped at the curb. Many people seem to be under a misapprehension about this difference. As a result there are crosswalks, e. g., on North U,, where motorists are frequently forced to stop for considerable stretches of time when a continuous stream of pedestrians approaches the crosswalk, some of whom were quite distant from the curb at the time when the motorist arrived there. To put it simply, pedestrians must yield to any car that is already stopped at the crosswalk when they get there, and motorists must stop for any pedestrian who was standing at the curb and waiting to cross before they get there.


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