Letters to the editor March 24

Pedestrian board offers
advice to new secretary
At the monthly meeting of the Morgantown Pedestrian Safety Board on March 11, we discussed the news concerning state Secretary of Transportation Tom Smith. Following two pedestrian accidents in 2017 resulting in one death and life-altering injuries to another — the Pedestrian Safety Board had built a good relationship with the secretary and his regional transportation office.
Programs addressing the safety needs of pedestrians were initiated under his watch for which we were grateful. We will miss him and wish him well into the future.
We feel pedestrians in Morgantown are particularly challenged. Because of WVU, we have a high number of people walking from home to school to work every day of the week. There is significant foot traffic related to athletic and cultural events, all of which increase the probability of accidents.
It is our hope that the next secretary of transportation will continue the ongoing cooperation between state, regional and municipal entities in improving highway infrastructure that protects the safety of pedestrians.
The Morgantown Pedestrian Safety Board encourages the new secretary to encourage proactive cooperation between all levels of government and the private sector in assuring the safe use of our streets for generations to come.

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