The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 21, 2014

Student Voice: Increase visibility


The Daily Item

— On April 9, 2014, it was reported that Pennsylvania traffic fatalities dipped to a record low of 1,208 highway deaths in 2013. In contrast, local neighborhood streets hosted multiple accidents in the same year.

As a Selinsgrove resident, I feel safer driving on the highway than neighborhood streets. Some streets in Selinsgrove have cars parked in front of residential houses. Although some utilize this space as their only parking spot, this solution presents a vision problem for drivers. Drivers stopping at four-way intersections cannot look both ways to see if traffic is coming due to cars blocking their view in both directions. Meanwhile, if drivers think it is safe to cross and get t-boned, they are liable for their own injuries along with the others involved.

My suggestion is to expand the yellow-curb at the corners forward a safer distance. That way drivers can see any cars coming from both directions. I feel that taking two cars away from each side would allow drivers to safely cross an intersection with full visibility. Expanding the yellow-curb space disallows any chance of crashes, in this era when counting to three and flooring it isn’t the safest or smartest option.

By expanding the yellow-curb distance, we could decrease accidents for drivers of any age in Selinsgrove.

Richard Shambach Jr.,

Selinsgrove High School