Letters to the Editor

ICW and 42nd crosswalk

One simple thing that could be done to make this crosswalk (where a high school student was hit on June 8) a little safer would be to put up the yellow pedestrian crossing signs on both sides of the street, facing both north and south. The sign on the other side of the street would actually be more visible to drivers than the one on their right.

I want to give highest praise to the young man involved for wearing his bicycle helmet. I am seeing an epidemic of young bicyclists not wearing helmets, or wearing them without the strap attached, on the Island. Bicycling-related head injuries resulted in over 70,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments in 2008, according to www.neurosurgerytoday.org — twice as many as those visits related to football. One-half of those injuries were in children 14 years and younger. Wearing a helmet significantly reduces the risk of head injury.

Hal C. Quinn, M.D.

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