People walking in streets rather than on sidewalks are taking risks


Not every sidewalk is shoveled and salted.

So many people can be seen walking right down the middle of the streets.

It’s a choice, but not a good one, says Wheeling Police Deputy Chief Marty Kimball.

Kimball says he realizes many property owners may not have cleared their sidewalks.

So the street may look like the safer option for pedestrians, but it isn’t.

“We’ll address that,” said Kimball. “Whether we write them an obstructing ticket or a jaywalking ticket. We want people to be on the sidewalks. That’s the whole reason they’re there, to get them out of the street. Because pedestrians and vehicles don’t mix very well, especially in wet, cold, snowy, icy conditions. That’s just a recipe for disaster.”

Kimball says many people think the cars will be forced to stop or go around them, and they feel there’s nothing wrong with that.

But that doesn’t take into account that in slippery conditions, vehicles often can’t make a quick stop.

Kimball says walking in the street rather than on the sidewalk is a choice he wouldn’t make, unless it was absolutely necessary.

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