Friday April 18, 2014

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Watch for motorized scooters



I use an electric scooter and twice in less than a week have on two occasions almost been hit while crossing the street on a “walk” signal.

Both drivers were making a left-hand turn onto Teredo from Inlet on the Credit Union side in Sechelt while I was using the crosswalk between the Mid Coast building and the Watermark.

In the first instance, the man drove in front of me while I was in the crosswalk and in the second instance, a half-ton truck waited until I was halfway across the street before making his turn. I made eye contact with him before I proceeded into the crosswalk and assumed he would give me the right of way.

There is nothing more frightening than having the grill of a half-ton truck come to a stop less than a foot way from your face!

In the 12 years I’ve been physically disabled I’ve lost count of the number of times people have driven on the wrong side of the street to get around me in a crosswalk.

On one occasion I was told by a lady I should use a crosswalk only when there were no cars coming. I always make eye contact with drivers before I proceed into the crosswalk and do everything possible to make it easy for them to notice me. Perhaps there is a driver out there who can help me understand what is so important you can’t wait for two minutes to give a scooter the right of way.

Kathy Posey, Sechelt



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