Letter: Wheelchair safety requires new laws


To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I am sure that Pittsfield residents have seen wheelchairs, some without fluorescent flags, traveling on the side of the road and not crossing the road when the sidewalk is clear of obstructions. Recently, I was biking on Wahconah Street and a Pittsfield police officer passed by as I pointed to a woman in an electric wheelchair in the road. Yet, she was not asked to use the sidewalk by the officer.

I am saddened by the death of the man in a wheelchair several months ago near the Greylock Federal Credit Union and I am pleased the city has installed better lighting. I plan on contacting Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli proposing that any wheelchair by law have a flag on a rod to make it more visible to cars, and even impose a fine for not using a sidewalk when one is clearly available, so as to prevent another accidental death.




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