Norene Roberts: Agrees with letter about 'oblivious' Smith students crossing Route 9
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To the editor:
In response to the letter of Nov. 12, “Smith College students need to open their eyes to traffic,” I resoundingly second the request.
I rarely drive after dark, but coming back from Holyoke one recent afternoon, I hit Northampton at 4:40 to 4:50 p.m. past Old South Street and the Smith College campus on Route 9 headed north.
There is a huge, constant and potentially lethal problem. Drivers can’t see pedestrians crossing the street, any street, any intersection. With headlights very bright, students garbed in black with no reflectors on their clothing, and the sun setting to the west casting dark shadows, walkers cannot be seen.
Students and pedestrians are not necessarily reckless; they are oblivious and feel entitled to cross because of our traffic laws.
Right-of-way laws need to be changed. Yes, and more needs to be done in the way of a public information campaign.
Thank goodness I didn’t hit any of them as I crept along at 12 mph, peering into the dark. This situation is many another accident waiting to happen.