Jay­walk­ing is com­mon in the city’s down­town

The Peterborough Examiner - - Opinion -

I spend a good part of my time right in the down­town Peter­bor­ough core, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Ge­orge and Char­lotte. And be­cause I work right up by the front win­dows of the store, (Chum­leighs), I day­dream and look out the win­dows a lot and see pedes­tri­ans cross­ing Ge­orge St. in the mid­dle of the block, a prac­tice com­monly ref­ered to jay­walk­ing.

With a bit of luck, they usu­ally make it OK, but I've seen some near misses, and seen some sit­u­a­tions where the driv­ers needed quick re­flexes to pre­vent an in­jury. Cars can­not stop on a dime, re­mem­ber that. If you slip and fall due to the slush or ice you can slide right un­der some­one’s tires and be very hurt or worse.

If you are a pedes­trian, try to wear some­thing other than all dark cloth­ing, as this can make you al­most in­vis­i­ble to the driver if it hap­pens to be rain­ing hard, foggy, or snow­ing.

With Christ­mas com­ing up dis­cuss with your kids and friends alike to be ex­tra cau­tious when go­ing down town and to look both ways when cross­ing the streets and to slow down when and if you're driv­ing. Can­not be too care­ful as it’s very dan­ger­ous and life is VERY pre­cious. Jim Reedyk (Jimmy Light Show), Parkhill Road West

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