Let's be honest: Drivers in Greater Cincinnati aren't exactly the best. To make matters worse, car crashes involving pedestrians are on the rise around the city. Crash report data show more than 40 pedestrians were hit by cars in December, including nine Cincinnati Public Schools students. And the fatalities of 2two-year-old Dameon Turner and 15-year-old Gabriella Rodriguez, along with the critical injuring of Colerain Police officer Dale Woods, adds a deadly layer to this problem.
Cincinnati is a car town. We drive everywhere. And almost all of us are guilty of speeding, from regular commuters to police. But there are also plenty of pedestrians, too. As school starts up again, it's time for us to reexamine our driving habits and keep our kids safe. Further, the City of Cincinnati needs to find constructive, long-term solutions to curb pedestrian accidents. More and more people are walking through our neighborhoods as urban renewal efforts continue. And if you think it's bad now, just wait until tens of thousands of people are on foot once the new soccer stadium is built.
Kevin Necessary is the editorial cartoonist for WCPO. His opinions do not represent those of WCPO.