Disagree that Kirkland police are unresponsive | LETTER
June 6, 2012 · Updated 4:52 PM
Usually when I see errors in a letter to the editor I give a little chuckle and move on. However, in Mr. Main’s letter where he is “dismayed and disgusted” at the Kirkland Police Department’s “failures” to ensure pedestrian safety in the North Juanita neighborhood, I must point out a few things.
First, the location he is talking about is 108th Avenue Northeast (not 140th Avenue Northeast), which passes by Helen Keller Elementary School and Edith Moulton Park (not Edith Moulton Elementary School).
He claims that Kirkland police are not doing anything to make this area safe for children walking near the school. I disagree. I walk my dogs to Edith Moulton Park in the afternoons and often see police cars sitting in front of the park watching for and stopping speeders as school is getting out.
I do agree with Mr. Main that people generally go too fast on this street, but they sure slow down when there is a police car nearby. I cross 108th at Northeast 137th Place to get to the park and have noticed that the only times cars stop to allow me to cross is when a police car is there.
It’s an unmarked intersection, but as I understand it, pedestrians still have the right-of-way (though I won’t jump out in front of cars to prove it).
As for the student who was hit in the crosswalk, I find one question that has not been raised by Mr. Main or by the mother of the student who also seems so outraged by her perception of the city’s lack of action.
If the mother was so concerned because of previous close calls, why didn’t she have her children walk two blocks further on the north side of the street and cross Northeast 132nd at the crosswalk directly across from the entrance to the school that has a traffic light?
Don’t get me wrong, people should be able to be safe crossing the street in a crosswalk, but even pedestrians can use some common sense to avoid known dangers. After all, no matter who is in the right, the pedestrian is the one who loses.
Jim Boril, Kirkland