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Letter on Quincy pedestrians

I am a pedestrian in Quincy, and I’ve walked back and forth to the Quincy Center T station from my home for the last 15 years. Your article (“Quincy on a campaign to keep its pedestrians safe,’’ Oct. 7) implied that many of the problems are caused by the pedestrians. This is not the case.

For one thing, people are texting while driving, or while they’re at red lights. One morning I was crossing at a red light, and the first woman in line had her foot on the brake, and while texting, she removed her foot from the brake without looking to inch forward, and she almost hit me.

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Beginning around 4 p.m., it’s total chaos every day at the intersection of Dimmock, Hancock, and Adams streets. And it’s a raceway on Hancock Street, as cars speed from red light to red light.

There is no enforcement of existing laws. If the city wanted to make some money, all they’d have to do is station a few police officers at dangerous intersections and they could write tickets for blowing through red lights, driving to endanger, and texting.

If you’re a pedestrian in Quincy, you’d better have all your senses on full alert, and God help you if your eyesight or your hearing is not up to par or you move a little slower than the average person.

Bev Shea McDonald


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