The Tri-State Transportation Campaign has analyzed all 105 pedestrian deaths on Connecticut streets from 2007-09.
In Fairfield County over those 3 years, 20 pedestrians were killed by drivers.
The most dangerous road — the deadliest in the entire state, in fact — was the Post Road. It accounted for 6 deaths.
The statewide figures for 2010 are not yet in. But at the end of last year, 2 people were killed in Westport within a month. That makes 3 over the past 2 years.
All were killed on the Post Road.
Last month, another woman was struck on the same road. Luckily, she lived.
The figures are clear. The Post Road is deadly.
We drive too fast, too recklessly, too distractedly. We are not deterred by law enforcement. Our culture reveres cars and discourages walking; our community takes that to an extreme.
That’s the problem.
So what’s the solution?
Recently, the family of Billy Ford — the 1st victim of the recent carnage — donated $7,000 to cover the cost of solar-powered, button-activated pedestrian crosswalk lights. They’re now operational at 1655 Post Road East, the site of Billy’s death.
That’s one answer. There must be more.
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Now it’s time to speak up on a matter of — literally — life and death.