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Southern Eyes

Good news! I have been easily, safely, quickly, easily crossing Main Street all week. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, City Administrator Don Powers, all the City Council members and Police Chief Joe Nelson for putting the "State Law to Stop for Pedestrians" signs in the middle of Main Street. They work! Motorists are stopping on a dime. In fact, they're stopping so suddenly that I'm worried about fender benders. But, hopefully they'll slow down and get accustomed to stopping.

The signs couldn't have come at a better time. The number of pedestrians along both sides of Main Street is phenomenal these days with the Fall Crows on the sidewalks. And probably two-thirds of those pedestrians are less than three feet tall. McDuffie County has already had one child seriously injured after recently being hit by a vehicle, and that's one too many.

After Dearing resident Reba Adams visited downtown Thomson with her family to look at Fall Crows, she became alarmed with the traffic situation and wrote a letter to Mayor Usry and to the editor of our newspaper. Two days later, the signs were put out on Main Street. So, Mrs. Adams called us to halt the letter from being printed in the paper, and to express her gratitude.

I encourage every one to come downtown and walk around, if you haven't done so already. But, I warn you -- the "power surge" you feel when vehicles stop to let you cross can make you giddy. In fact, it's just plain fun.

Web posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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