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Martina Eastman: Pedestrian safety education should start early

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Once once more, there was an article concerning the many risks for pedestrian fatalities — 19 in 2021 (“Maine on track for another deadly year for pedestrians,” Dec. 15).

I learn it completely, however noticed solely reference to the motive force’s obligations. There was no point out of the pedestrian’s function in conserving secure.

I’ve lengthy seen that too many pedestrians don’t observe the safety guidelines taught to us as youngsters. They don’t stroll dealing with visitors, which is harmful for each themselves and the motive force.

Pedestrians with backs  to the automobile can not see a swerving automobile, and presumably keep away from being hit. Even although they really feel bathed in gentle, they’re far much less seen than they suppose, and drivers can not see them if they’re carrying darkish clothes.

Spending federal cash to enhance roads could assist, however I’m wondering if education just isn’t as vital. Why not start early and educate pedestrian safety in kindergarten and early grades? Children are receptive to studying, they usually could keep in mind for the remainder of their lives that pedestrians should face visitors, keep away from darkish clothes at night time and carry a lightweight.

This lifelong studying may forestall tragedies — to pedestrians and drivers alike.

I admire being allowed to specific my considerations.

Martina Eastman, Jay


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