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Reader's View: Rice Lake Road safety needs improvement

I live on Rice Lake Road in Duluth, close to Lowell school. Every day I feel I have to take my life in my hands to cross Rice Lake Road to pick up mail and newspapers. Frequently, while crossing from my driveway, the lanes in both directions will...

I live  on Rice Lake Road in Duluth, close to Lowell school. Every day I feel I have to take my life in my hands to cross Rice Lake Road  to pick up mail and newspapers. Frequently, while crossing from my driveway, the lanes in both directions will be clear of traffic, but then, about halfway across, vehicles  will come over the brow of the hill about 100 feet away. Even though I am clearly visible and obviously attempting to cross, most of these vehicles refuse to slow down to allow me to cross safely. I am often stranded.
 It is terrifying to be stranded in the middle of the road with vehicles passing  at 45 mph in both directions, every one of them within three to four feet of me. But I cannot move. Sometimes I am stranded there for what seem like an eternity while between 20 and 40 vehicles pass me by in both directions before I can safely cross.
One time a Duluth police car passed me. The officer looked at me standing in the middle of the road and made no effort to slow down or help.
There have been some drivers who have slowed down  and kindly have allowed me to cross, but this is rare. The law of averages tells me I stand a good chance of being seriously injured or worse.
What to do? I really don’t know.  Many of us used to rely on Minnesota Nice, kindness, courtesy or common sense. We all slowed down or even stopped to allow animals, children, and adults to cross streets. Not anymore.
Or at least that has been  my experience in the past two years.
Damien Cronin
Duluth

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