Target: Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville, North Carolina
Goal: Praise decision to build a streetlight at a dangerous intersection.
A citizen was recently struck by a car and killed at a standard crosswalk in Asheville, North Carolina. Crosswalks are among the most dangerous areas for pedestrians, because many drivers completely disregard them. It’s not uncommon for cars to speed right through them without giving a single thought to the people trying to cross. According to an article in the Citizen Times, Asheville has a high rate of pedestrian related accidents, which has prompted the Department of Transportation to investigate the issue.
It was announced at a City Council meeting that a traffic light would be constructed at the crosswalk where the fatality occurred, making it safer for pedestrians to cross. Citizens in the community spoke up about the problem, which led city authorities to make a change. This is just another example of how citizens can make a difference in their community.
According to the Center for Disease Control, over 4,000 U.S. pedestrians were killed in 2012 alone, and another 76,000 were injured. These incidents are entirely preventable, and together we can work to reduce them. Not only should we applaud the authorities for making positive changes, but we should also be careful ourselves–always remember to slow down and be courteous in areas where pedestrians roam.
Please sign this petition to applaud the city of Asheville for making the decision to install the traffic light.
Dear Mrs. Esther Manheimer,
I am happy to learn of the new traffic light that is going to be installed at the intersection of Merrimon and Coleman Avenues. As you know, a fatality recently occurred in this location, and I would like to applaud the city’s decision to install a traffic light there.
Every year, over 4,000 pedestrians in the U.S. are killed, and thousands more are injured. These casualties are completely preventable, and more cities in the U.S. need to be putting measures in place to avoid them. Many drivers disregard crosswalks entirely, barreling through them without giving a single thought to the pedestrians trying to cross. It is my hope that, in the coming years, more technologies will be put in place to alert drivers to crosswalks. I also hope that local law enforcement will work to impose strict penalties on habitual offenders.
I applaud you for the decision to build this new traffic light, and I feel that it serves as an example to other cities. Together we can work to make pedestrian casualties a thing of the past.
[Your Name Here]
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