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September 12, 2013

Death leads to plan for traffic light in Peabody


“We should start a serious campaign,” agreed the Rev. David Lewis, pastor at St. Adelaide’s, insisting that people use the crosswalk. “We really have to push for it.”

Bettencourt said the light would first have to past muster with the finance committee and then the City Council, but stressed that he doesn’t know of a single councilor who would not approve it.

Among the configurations that could be considered: A single signal hung over the street; two signals, one on the right and one on the left; or four signals, two on each side of the street facing opposite ways in case one is blocked from the driver’s view. Complicating all this is the fact that the setting sun is often at street level, making visibility difficult.

“The sunlight can be blinding at certain times of the day,” said Bettencourt.

“It’s good to see that everything is being considered,” said parishioner Rick D’Amato.

“I’m happy to know of the program,” said Lewis.

For her part, Caton offered an emotional thanks to all those responding to her father’s death. “I wanted to thank you for everything,” she told Bettencourt and Sinewitz. As if to remind all of the difficulty in keeping pedestrians safe from careless or impaired drivers, she noted, “My dad was on the crosswalk.”

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