Waynesboro council blasted over 'carnage' on downtown streets

March 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro resident stood before the borough council two days after a pedestrian was struck on West Main Street and asked for a "more forceful police presence" in areas where more than three dozen people have been struck in four years.

Amos Miller, of West Sixth Street, referred to "this carnage that's continuing downtown with pedestrians" when addressing the council Wednesday.

On Monday afternoon, Donald E. Reed, 52, of Waynesboro, was struck by a 2002 Ford Focus at the intersection with Potomac Street. He was listed in serious, but stable condition Thursday night at York (Pa.) Hospital, where he was flown after the accident.

"There is a great fear of driving downtown because I don't want to be traumatized by hitting someone," Miller said.

He questioned whether the town has a jaywalking law.

"We have one from a long time ago," Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon said.

Miller asked that the council find and update that law, then direct police to file citations. His comments were tied to increased fears with possible downtown revitalization on the horizon, he said.


"You're almost getting to the point that if downtown does (become more vibrant), you're going to be picking people up off the street every week," Miller said, mentioning several times that he doesn't perceive an active interest on council's part when it comes to pedestrian safety.

Councilmen told Miller they absolutely do care about the safety of pedestrians, who also must take responsibility to cross when traffic has stopped.

"When someone jaywalks, they take that action on their own. ... The council is not to blame," Councilman Ronnie Martin said.

The council, street committee and police department will sit down for further discussions about pedestrian safety, Martin said.

Miller contended that bad habits are learned when students are dismissed from Waynesboro Area Senior High School and cross streets there without paying attention.

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