Thank you, Erica for the update about the pedestrian who was struck. I st6ill wonder if she was in the street; on the sidewalk, if there is one, or if she was attempting to cross the street. People who run red lights are very, very dangerous for us; we, as blind pedestrians, simply cannot afford to walk while distracted by anything. Darla ----- Original Message ----- From: ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 2:07 PM Subject: [tabi] Re: why so many pedestrian accidents; was Re: pedestrian/auto accident report yesterday Chip, I'm hoping that the initiation of the red-light running ticketing program will help flush out the answer here. I certainly think driving behaviors have degraded since the advent of cell phones and especially texting! However, I've also heard law enforcement's argument that they have "more important" things to do than catch speeders, etc. You would think that an increased law enforcement presence would in fact improve drivers' behavior. I will say that if my neighborhood is any example, it, sadly, does not. Cops are out in force many, many days in the school zone near my home... and I see at least 2 cars pulled ever each day for speeding in the well-marked school zone. So, for all the days and years the school and school zone have been there, and all the days and weeks the cops have been there, apparently the drivers that frequent this area keep believing "They won't catch me." On a related matter, below I have pasted an update to the hit and run accident on Madison street over the weekend. SUV connected with Saturday hit-and-run identified published Sept. 27 11:17am An SUV traveling near Florida State University's campus was identified by an FSU police officer as the vehicle connected with Saturday's hit-and-run incident on West Madison Street, reported Officer David McCranie, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department, in a news release. Kathy Raynor, 59, was struck by a vehicle while walking along the 700 block of West Madison Street, the release said. Witnesses said that the SUV drove off after hitting Raynor. They described the SUV as a black newer model, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, with tinted windows, black rims and damage near the driver's-side headlight. According to the release, the SUV was seized after an FSU police officer matched it to hit-and-run witnesses' descriptions. TPD's traffic homicide unit is investigating the SUV. Raynor suffered serious injuries and is currently in serious, but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the release stated.