As a parent whose child was in an auto-pedestrian accident in 2005, I would like to first of all express my condolences to the family who recently lost their son to another senseless auto-pedestrian accident in Huntington.
Both accidents could have been prevented. In both cases the drivers of the vehicles had previous irresponsible driving habits. As far as I am concerned, neither driver should have had the privilege of driving. According to the Utah Drivers Handbook (pp 49), "Bicycle riders on public streets and highways have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers." Also, (pp 53), "Pedestrians have the right-of-way at intersections..." It is also stated that it is illegal to pass any vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk.
My question is why were these drivers allowed to be on our roads? I am sure the police officers get tired of stopping the same irresponsible people just to see the judicial system turn around and let them go out and commit another offense.
I have lived on Main Street for more than 14 years and have watched Huntington go from a fairly quiet place to one in which the traffic is constant day and night. It is sometimes impossible to even back out of my driveway. However, I do not believe that Huntington is moving up with the times. I believe there are some changes that could be made to make Huntington a safer place to live.
Listed are a few things that I feel could be done in Huntington, as well as other towns of Emery County, to make it safer for all of us.
1. Make sure there are sidewalks throughout each town.
2. Paint lines on all of the streets.
3. Put up stop signs instead of yield signs.
4. Make sure there are stop signs on all corners around the schools.
5. Clearly marked crosswalks all the way around the schools.
6. Increase law enforcement to where there is a patrol officer for each town.
These are just a few suggestions. I am sure the citizens of Emery County have many others.
I will be the first to admit that I do not regularly attend city or county meetings. Otherwise I might know the status of some of the above suggestions. However, I plan on changing that and when possible attending the meetings or at least staying more informed. I would encourage all the citizens of Emery County to do the same.
To each and every citizen, I would ask that in this election year you would make sure and ask the platform of those who are running for office. We need officials that are willing to make our community a safer place to live.