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'200 feet' reference puzzling

To the Editor:

I was puzzled by the (March 6) article about the sting at Fifth and A.

Please clarify why cars are supposed to stop 'about 200 feet' from the crosswalk. 200 feet is roughly the frontage of four standard 50x100 foot city lots.

Most stop lines seem to be painted three to five feet from the crosswalk. At 200 feet away, no other vehicles will realize you are stopped for the intersection, nor will you be able to see any oncoming traffic.

Peggy Naumann

Lake Oswego

'Get rid of the crosswalk'

To the Editor:

We used to laugh at that old joke: Why did the chicken cross the road? Answer: To get to the other side.

But with the citation of many motorists (several weeks ago) at the crosswalk on Fifth Street and A Avenue, I can't help but wonder why the chicken can't cross some place else. There's a stop light only a little more than a block away; why a crosswalk at that dangerous spot?

People can walk down that block and cross with the blessing of a signal. I live in Foothills and I cringe at crossing State Street, even with the light in my favor.

Let's get reasonable, folks. Put the crosswalk someplace else. Not in the most trafficked and distracted area in the whole city. I know I would have been among the many who might have been ticketed there. I have driven it many times and you are watching for motorists entering and exiting from many different places. You aren't looking for pedestrians.

Get rid of the crosswalk!

Syd Kanitz

Lake Oswego

Bring citations to AARP class

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to the article on the front page of the Review dated March 6.

I have been a citizen of Lake Oswego for 32 years, now living and walking extensively in the First Addition. My congratulations and thanks to the Oswego Police Department and most especially to Lt. Doug Treat for running an 'Enforcement Action' at the corner of A Avenue and Fifth Street. I have often wondered if I would be hit by drivers at that and other intersections.

My hat is off and I thank the many attentive and courteous drivers that are watching out for other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. They are obeying the laws of Oregon relative to crosswalks, at the same time keeping themselves and others safe.

My suggestion to 'framed, violated and scared,' Leona Van-Haslingen, is to slow down, pay attention, get out of her car and take a walk. Just maybe she will realize that we live, walk, work, play and drive in one of the most livable small communities in America.

Oh and by the way, as a volunteer instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Classes, we would welcome Ms. Van-Haslingen or any of the other citation recipients in one of our classes.

George Norman

Lake Oswego