Our View: Ogden's deadly street

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 9:27 AM

Editorial Board, Standard-Examiner

It is long past time to do something to protect pedestrians, many of whom are homeless, from danger when they cross Wall Avenue in Ogden as evening approaches.

The best solution, the only one that makes perfect sense, is to install pedestrian traffic lights on Wall. If the lights are there, it will reduce the danger for the people of that area, and likely reduce the alarming number of recent deaths due to vehicles hitting humans.

Between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., persons are crossing from St. Anne’s Shelter and the Ogden Rescue Mission in the dark during a high volume of traffic. Visibility is virtually nil. It’s dangerous even when pedestrians are walking in the crosswalk, and we urge all pedestrians in that area to please be cautious and use the crosswalk. When someone avoids the crosswalk, the chances of a deadly outcome increase. Recently, another pedestrian was killed, struck by a car while crossing Wall Avenue near the rescue mission.

A pedestrian traffic light is the best solution. Until that occurs, we want to applaud volunteers from the Lighthouse Ministries Christian Center who are going out to Wall Avenue, by the shelter and rescue mission, and offering rides across the street to persons who are traveling across the street. For those pedestrians who refuse a ride, they shine flash lights and headlights of the Lighthouse van while these pedestrians cross Wall.

These volunteers are wonderful persons who are following the example of the God they worship, Jesus Christ. We are grateful for their efforts, which prevent injury and save lives. Those who want to help with this effort can call Pastor Robert Hall at 801-391-0058.

A final note: To pedestrians crossing Wall Avenue, please use the crosswalk, and accept assistance from volunteers. To drivers, please slow down, be cautious and look for pedestrians.

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