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[CROSSWALK DEATH WATCH] Today's offender

Mass license plate 819 JLF

8:17 a.m.

As I was crossing westward on Main Street in Great Barrington, Mass., toward's Rubiner's Cheesemongers, already about halfway to the median, this car heading north drove right past me through the crosswalk.

Were you nearly run over by a car today while crossing Main Street in a crosswalk? Post the offender's license plate here by clicking the COMMENT button.

Downtown great barrington (and any other downtown, for that matter) is full of people. actual human beings. you could KILL someone with your car -- think about it. SLOW DOWN. Don't (like selectman Margaret Beckwith) act all shocked that "suddenly" people "dart out" into crosswalks in front of you. I've never seen anyone RUN into a crosswalk downtown. They WALK. The drivers are supposed to be WATCHING for pedestrians who enter the crosswalk, and be prepared to STOP when they see them. Period. If you're going so fast that you can't stop for someone in a crosswalk right in front of you, then YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST!!!!

for the record, on the afternoon of thursday 6/22 on two separate crossings near rubiners, the following BLEW through the crosswalk at full speed while I was well on my way across:

black Honda Element 610 YYG
(and the driver looked at me in great annoyance when she realized what she had done!)

dark Jeep Wrangler 1192 VH
(he never saw me, never even noticed it was a crosswalk)

Okay, I realize that taking a reasonable, moderate positions "out of the mainstream" in the blog world, but, here goes:

1)people driving through downtown need to be on the look out for pedestrians,some will be in the crosswalks others will be crossing mid-block (just don't get the paint scheme somehow).

2)pedestrians crossing the street need to execise reasonable caution crossing the street. I won't cross without making eye contact with a driver unless they have conme to a stop. sometimes it actually takes me an extra 3 or 4 seconds to cross the street but it hasn't killed me yet.

The alternative could be to be dead right

A Few thoughts from Seth's Webmaster

Hmmm. How is it that Sheffield has nice legible signs, like this one?

And all that GB can come up with are these old things?

AND, just a bit of Google-ing reveals these two interesting facts...nice legible signs are cheap (REAL cheap compared to a human life)..like maybe $75 a pop for nice new ones.

And the GB signs are probably not to Commonwealth Highway Standards (any personal injury lawyers listening???)

Those beatup, bent, unreadable GB signs sure look closer to 12 inches than 30, much less 36 inches, don't they??? You go measure them, I am still shaking from taking these damn pictures this afternoon!! Want more to get outraged about? Try a gander at the General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 85: Section 2. Traffic signs or devices; erection and maintenance; rules and regulations and in particular, what they say about noncompliance.

If any city or town installs and maintains any of the aforesaid traffic control devices ... in noncompliance with said manual (The department of highways' manual on uniform traffic control devices), the department shall withhold or withdraw the unexpended balance of any funds assigned to the said city or town under the provisions of section thirty-four of chapter ninety or sections twenty-five and twenty-six of chapter eighty...

Just mentioning this in passing, dear friends...Cross with caution, and vote with caution as well. I will defer from an ad hominem attack upon GB's elected officials despite their repeated abrogation of fiduciary duty...for now. But, it sure seems to me there is one king hell of a law suit gonna hit the fan some day.

Da Webbie (and an often freaked out pedestrian, too)


Approximately 1:30 p.m., my wife and I were nearly run over by a woman speeding north on Main Street in a Green Ford Focus, Mass lic no. 72JJ70. We were already in the crosswalk by the former Cheesecake Charlie's on our way to the other side of the street when she just sped right by and practically took my right leg off.

I immediately called 911 and got connected to a dispatcher at the Great Barrington Police Department, who asked if the woman actually hit me. Once I told him that she didn't, he didn't seem interested in following up with her, nor did he ask for my name and number.

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