It isn’t always the driver’s fault

The NEWS recently published a letter to the editor complaining about drivers and people in the crosswalks in the Qualicum area.

I am writing today, after wanting to add to this subject for a long while.

The NEWS recently published a letter to the editor complaining about drivers and people in the crosswalks in the Qualicum area. Well, I am going to give my viewpoint from a driver’s perspective.

I drive through town (and other areas) pretty much every day. And I couldn’t tell you how many times I have had to hit my brakes because of someone approaching (and I mean still being five-10 feet from curb, not in)  the crosswalk, not stopping at all to “look” both ways, before entering the crosswalk.

Time and time again, I have learned to keep my eyes peeled because pedestrians do not even bother to stop before entering the crosswalk.

I have even witnessed them not even looking up to see if cars are coming. It is up to the pedestrian to stop and make sure it is “safe” before crossing the road.

So I appeal to all pedestrians out there: stop and look before entering the crosswalk. Don’t always expect drivers to stop on a dime for you. It isn’t always the driver’s fault.

Lisa HewerQualicum Beach

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