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Letter - Traffic safety in wintry conditions

To the editor:

At about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, I was a pedestrian on the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the intersection of 4th and Fillmore when I witnessed a near-collision.

A woman driving a van eastbound on 4th proceeded through the stop sign exactly when a northbound car on Fillmore passed through the intersection. Fortunately, the northbound motorist managed to veer enough to avoid a collision.

The frightening thing for me is that, of the three parties on the scene, I was the only one without any kind of armor, and if there had been a collision, flying debris, out-of-control vehicles, etc. would likely have come exactly in my direction.

I don't know whether the van driver hadn't seen the oncoming car, or if she thought the intersection was a four-way stop, which it isn't. She only gave a sort of nervous smile as she continued on her way. Especially at this time of year, whether you're a driver or a pedestrian, let's all be conscious of traffic safety, street signs, right-of-way, and other motorists and pedestrians because this is the wrong time of year to drop our guard.

At this Thanksgiving I'm thankful for some cool-headed driving by the northbound motorist, and I hope the van driver is thankful that she won't have my death on her conscience for the rest of her life.

Michael Peterson

Alexandria, MN