Drivers aren’t paying attention to pedestrians

If there’s a downside to living here, it’s the drivers.

To the Editor,

Re: Speed limits too high in north end, Letters, Nov. 1.

Do enough walking in Nanaimo and you might be surprised to learn there are speed limits. If there’s a downside to living here, it’s the drivers.

A significant minority of them show reckless disregard toward other drivers and especially toward pedestrians. It’s common to see vehicles racing through crosswalks with pedestrians inside, sometimes driving directly at people. Speeding through parking lots is also common.

An especially dangerous Nanaimo practice begins with a vehicle in a curb lane stopped at a red light. As soon as the green light and walk sign come on, the driver suddenly pulls a fast right-hand turn into the crosswalk, quickly passing inches from the curb just as people are about to step off.

Again, this behaviour reflects a minority of drivers, but a significant minority. And it comes from drivers of all ages, suggesting it’s a deeply entrenched problem.

Greg KleinNanaimo