To the editor:
This is the first time I have done such a thing, but after reading your article about pedestrians in crosswalks, I just had to say something.
I am a retired police officer from New Jersey. I moved to FMB about three years ago, so I believe I maybe somewhat qualified to talk about this subject. I do not believe the problem is with the crosswalks, but the people using them. I cross Estero Boulevard on a regular basis and never have a problem. The reason being is I still remember what my parents taught me, when crossing the street, stop at the curb look both ways precede when clear. If you do that, there should be NO PROBLEM.
But for some reason down here that does not happen. People just walk out in front of vehicles all the time. People think drivers must stop and, on numerous occasions, I see people walking down the boulevard, come to a crosswalk, make a left turn at the crosswalk and walk right out into traffic. That's just crazy, but people walk in front of moving vehicles all the time.
I believe lighting the crosswalk or anything giving the pedestrian an easier way to cross will only give a larger false sense of security. I can tell you this. Coming from the northeast, we would never walk out in front of a moving vehicle. We have to start being responsible for our actions and not depend on others to keep us safe.
So for those out there, here is some free advice when crossing the street whether in a crosswalk or not (that's a whole different circumstance and letter). Stop at the curb line, look both ways, WAIT, WAIT,WAIT till traffic stops both ways, then proceed across the roadway just like you taught your children. I promise you will not have any problems.
Fort Myers Beach