City ordinance designed to improve walker safety

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACLEDERECORD.COM

A proposed City of Lebanon ordinance to limit the amount of time pedestrians spend at major intersections may have been unclear in an article in last weekend’s Record.
The proposed ordinance is designed to improve safety by keeping pedestrians out of intersections except for when they are crossing the street. The city says the ordinance would not prevent people from crossing the road at intersections.
Lebanon Communications Manager Derek Gean said he ordinance would address safety concerns at areas such as Jefferson and Elm where traffic islands that used to be five or six inches above the street surface have been reduced to smaller speed bumps.
“It looks better, but it’s a lot more dangerous for pedestrians,” Gean said. “Standing there is totally not 
a safe thing. That’s what it’s about, is to prevent pedestrian accidents.”

For more on this story see Saturday's print or e-Edition of the LCR. 

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