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LETTER: Pedestrian safety in Maple Ridge needs more attention

Resident would like more police patrols and drivers ticketed for failing to yield to pedstrians
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Dear Editor,

I’m writing this letter as a concerned citizen in Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge has a serious problem with drivers not stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks. This is a serious problem all over Maple Ridge, but extremely an issue along 224th Street between Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road.

On several occasions I have been inches from being struck by a vehicle when I’m already halfway across the crosswalk.

The pedestrian has the right of way, yet for some reason, drivers no longer stop and choose to ignore the pedestrian at the crossing.

I feel that it would be a good idea to implement foot patrol of the RCMP to monitor this situation and to issue of tickets for drivers that fail to stop for the pedestrian.

As the city of Maple ridge is becoming more and more populated, the situation will inevitably become worse.

I’m sure there are several citizens in Maple Ridge who would agree to extra policing and issuing of tickets for drivers failing to stop for pedestrians.

Michele Hutchison, Maple Ridge

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