Prevent accidents

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Sunday evening I was one of the first cars to arrive on the scene at an accident on the border of Greentree and the city of Pittsburgh. After the fact, it is not always easy to surmise the cause of an accident.

What is known in general is that accidents can injure or kill and are expensive because cars and property are damaged. Ambulances and police responders are expensive as well. What is also known is that many accidents are preventable, and it looks like in this case one driver didn’t see the other car because there was an obstacle in the line of view.

It seems to me that elected officials, police officers, public safety directors, drivers and pedestrians should be on the lookout for dangerous intersections where obstacles such as trees, bushes, walls and signs prevent drivers from viewing the entire intersection. It is up to all of us not only to report dangerous intersections to municipal offices and police departments but also to have elected officials notify property owners that their property poses a public safety hazard that should be rectified.

The worst case is if the property owner doesn’t rectify the problems the municipality will and there are fines.



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