Letter to the Editor: Frederick S. Lopez

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Dear Editor, 

(Re: “Patience is running thin over rail crossing safety,” TW Aug. 2)

First of all, I mean no disrespect to anyone, but I can no longer sit by listening to and reading about how the railroad needs to make the railroad crossings safer. We as drivers or pedestrians must take responsibility for our own safety as we go about our business in today’s environment. Before I cross streets or railroad tracks, I look both ways when I am a pedestrian. As a driver, I am constantly on the alert for other moving vehicles on the road and certainly make sure there are no trains coming from either direction before I cross railroad tracks.

I have taught my 8-year-old granddaughter to make sure she looks both ways before crossing the street when we are out for a walk. Our walks through downtown Tacoma have taken us across trolley tracks; again I have always stressed to her that we need to look both ways before crossing the tracks.

I make sure when we are out on our walks that I am not wearing headphones and that I am not distracted by my cell phone. I do not take a tablet or laptop computer with me on our walks.

Thank you for letting me have my say.

Frederick S. Lopez (Tacoma, WA)

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