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Pedestrian safety campaign will soon ramp up

While educating the public continues, enforcement is next phase in efforts

August 22, 2013

MARSHALL — The group that started a campaign to raise awareness of pedestrian safety in Marshall says it’s time for the next step toward improving safety on the streets of Marshal....

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farmkid

Aug-23-13 4:04 PM

I agree that the MAT bus is a safety concern, both for the passengers, anyone else who is on the road, as well as the city of Marshall itself (liability insurance). I'm surprised to hear that motorists are not yielding to pedestrians. That's a helluva fine if you are caught.

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SomeSensePlease

Aug-23-13 2:22 PM

And, for Pete's sake, let the college students in wheelchairs get across East College Drive. There are a couple of marked crosswalks there, but NO ONE ever stops for them.

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SomeSensePlease

Aug-23-13 2:20 PM

Maybe we all need to be armed with an air horn...make eye contact with driver, then step confidently into the crosswalk. Use the air horn to get their attention if they dont see you. Give 'em a loud blast and then point to the crosswalk sign. If enough of us do this we could educate the clueless drivers.

I always stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk....you wouldn't believe how many times the people behind me either zoom around me (& nearly hit the pedestrian) or honk and make rude gestures at me. If you're one of the few intelligent drivers in this town, you have to be extremely careful that you don't get rear ended when you stop for a pedestrian.

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blasphemer

Aug-23-13 1:59 PM

I personally witness many close calls every day...none of them involving a MAT bus driver. Most of them involve a thirty something woman driving an oversized SUV and talking on the phone. Let's not be blaming...it is ALL of us.

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TakeTwo

Aug-23-13 12:38 PM

does not that should say

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TakeTwo

Aug-23-13 12:38 PM

does not that should say

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TakeTwo

Aug-23-13 12:38 PM

I've personally witnessed the MAT bus almost hit 3 small kids crossing in the crosswalk on the way to the middle school. I fully agree with Random, the MAT bus drivers do not always pay attention.

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blasphemer

Aug-23-13 11:51 AM

RandomPerson, Get out from behind the wheel of your car and start riding one of the many MAT buses in town. That way the rest of us can feel a lot safer.

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blasphemer

Aug-23-13 11:42 AM

Issue no warnings Mr. Yant...issue only citations. People do NOT learn from a warning. They only pay attention when money comes out of their pocket.

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RandomPerson

Aug-23-13 7:48 AM

The MAT transit bus is one of the worst offenders in town. Not only does the bus not stop for pedestrians, it barely stops for cars!

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trident_t150

Aug-22-13 11:20 PM

With all the cops driving around, you would think that one of them, when going past one of these sign posts in the middle of a lane, could stop and put it where it belongs, on the lane line.

These sign posts are also a hazard to motorcyclists. Google "sight fixation" to learn why.

The best thing about this article is the part about the bicycle lanes. What a waste of money!

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teacherinmarshall

Aug-22-13 4:29 PM

There was one knocked over and smashed at the corner of Whitney and East College last night too.

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swminnesota

Aug-22-13 12:05 PM

I wondered what happened to the sign at A and Main. Nice that someone ran it over. Seriously, it was in the middle of the road. I also noticed that there is still some apprehension on the part of the pedestrians when they get there. They wait and wait for a break in traffic before they venture out. The law says yield, but most people don't take the chance. I for one don't because too many people are either on their cell phones,texting, or being distracted by something and would rather not get hit by an enormous SUV or semi.

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