Are Salt Lake pedestrians safe?

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  • Wixom Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    I think the improved signals could only help. As a downtown pedestrian I have had several close calls and have actually been brushed by a car. My daughter and dog were hit together in a cross walk a few years ago and about the same time a neighbor was hit in a crosswalk while crossing with a group of her friends - all in the middle of the day. I was 10 feet from a woman who was hit by a taxi in DC - the sound of the crash and the sight of her sliding off the hood of the car still haunt me. I was the first to reach her - she had obviously broken legs and severe head injuries - I'm sure she didn't survive. I believe drivers are looking principally at the traffic signals and other cars and don't see pedestrians. Sometimes drivers will cut it too close when making a left turn and find themselves in a tight spot, choosing to drive into the crosswalk rather than risk being hit by oncoming traffic. Drivers and pedestrians just need to be more careful and I think these awful events could be significantly reduced.

  • James R. salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    I live in downtown SLC and often walk to City Creek, ESA, Gateway, etc... I've almost been hit several times in crosswalks while I had a walk signal. The majority of the intersections downtown will give you the go ahead to walk, but then have a green light/arrow for a car to turn as well. Many of those drivers just see the green and don't pay attention to the crosswalk and turn into people. I'm not fully blaming drivers as I have seen plenty of pedestrians cross when they don't have a walk signal or think they can make it across with only 5 seconds left.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Jay walking and wearing dark clothes at night are significant contributing factors in addition to road conditions, foliage that obscures vision and driver inattention. A multi-faceted approach is needed to reduce motor-pedestrian accidents.