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February 9, 2014
Minot Daily News

DANGEROUS CROSSING How many times must we witness the same thing: Students attending Minot High School-Central Campus attempting to cross Burdick?Expressway West in the lighted crosswalk near M-H continue to take their life in their hands. Last week, we listened to a first-hand account of a west-bound vehicle stopped to let a student cross in front of them, only to have three other vehicles switch lanes and continue through the pedestrian crossing, with its flashing lights, narrowly missing a student attempting to cross the street. We know the location has been a problem for years, but it's only getting worse as the traffic increases as the population of Minot increases. It's not hard to envision a horrific pedestrian-vehicle accident in the near future. Admittedly, we don't have all the answers on how to fix this problem, but perhaps the city can design a better and more obvious crossing. Or we wonder if finding a crossing guard carrying even more flashing lights could be the answer. Is there a way to better educate the drivers of the area to help ensure that they stop at the crossing? We just hope improvements can be made and awareness of the problem can be raised before something tragic happens.



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