Q Dear Mrs. Roadshow: I've written to your hubby a couple of times in the past year and haven't seen what I requested in his column. Can you help?

J. McCarthy

San Jose

A Jan handed me your letter, and the subject you want discussed is one on the minds of many other readers.

Q Could you please devote a column yet again to pedestrians? We're an endangered species.

Ruth Smay

San Jose

A And ...

Q I'm writing because of the heartbreaking article I read about the 3-year-old killed in his stroller while being wheeled across a San Jose street recently. I'm still getting teary about what happened. I have a 3-year-old grandson, and my mind keeps going to places I don't want it to when I think about this.

A lighted crosswalk in Danville.
A lighted crosswalk in Danville. (Bay Area News Group)

Rebecca Trudelle

Boulder Creek

A Folks, this is serious. There's been a rash of pedestrian deaths in the Bay Area in recent weeks. Pedestrians deaths occur in about 19 percent of all road fatalities in California.

Q Why not start a campaign for pedestrians to add reflective clothing and give up the basic black (or other dark hues)? This could apply to bike riders as well.

John Luebben

A I've been preaching this for years. The other night Mrs. Roadshow and I were driving to the Rose Garden area of San Jose when a woman and her dog suddenly stepped off the curb and into the intersection. She was wearing dark clothing and we didn't see her right away.

Q I had to write after reading comments regarding motorists not heeding people in crosswalks. I shudder when I see people blindly walking into a crosswalk at night with nary a look left or right. This includes mothers holding the hands of children. People, please! It's a dangerous world full of distracted people.

Lawrence Koepke

San Jose

A And ...

Q I walk my dog for an hour every day, often in the dark during the winter, so I am not unsympathetic to pedestrians. However, people need to keep in mind that drivers are inundated with a huge amount of visual input while on the road. We have to pay attention to everything, including well-lit, sometimes flashing business signs, reflections from headlights and streetlights off everything from the taillights of parked cars, to street signs, to oncoming traffic; people walking and riding bicycles; and myriad other items that are just as much, and often even more, distracting.

We are human, and we are not perfect.

As I mentioned, I walk my dog every day. We have crossed streets thousands of times. We have NEVER almost been hit by a car, because I don't demand my right of way and stupidly step into the street, crosswalk or not, until it is absolutely safe to do so. I am perfectly happy to wait those few extra seconds to allow cars to drive by before I cross.

Susan Howard

San Jose

A Happy and alive.

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