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Viewpoint - March 10, 2010

Letter: Use caution, even in lighted crosswalks

Last week, my husband and I were driving home from dinner and stopped at the Menlo Park downtown post office on Oak Grove Avenue.

I hopped out of the car, went to the crosswalk and pushed the crossing button. I was surprised and delighted to see the crosswalk light up, in addition to the signs on both sides of the street. Cars stopped and I crossed the street.

After depositing my mail, I went back to the crosswalk and pushed the button again and everything lit up. I checked the street; nobody coming from El Camino, and one car beyond the fire station. I stepped off the curb and something made me stop. The car approaching the crosswalk had all its inside lights on and wasn't slowing down, even though the street was bright with all the yellow lights flashing.

As I stood there, the black sedan flew through the crosswalk. The driver was looking down, there were no hands on the steering wheel, and as she went by, she never looked up. All I could think was, I hope she looks up before she comes to El Camino.

It is hard to believe that what she was doing, texting, checking her messages or whatever, was more important than someone's life. She could have easily injured or killed me. We have seen it happen in Menlo Park before. So everyone, be careful when you are crossing a street, even at a crosswalk. There are drivers out there who are not paying any attention to what is in front of them.

Marianne Stoner

Maybrown Avenue, Menlo Park

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