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Shining a light on crashes

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A minivan drives under the Main Street underpass at Higgins Avenue.

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One important factor that wasn't covered in Crash consequences (May 16) is how Manitoba Hydro's street lighting contributes to such carnage.

In 2012, my friend was hit by a vehicle along Wellington Crescent early in the morning; lack of street-lighting was a factor. An ambulance ride, broken bones and a hospital-stay ensued.

I've aborted after-dark shopping trips to the Polo Park area because extensive swaths of street-light outages. The St. James industrial area seems to be particularly plagued.

Notwithstanding the importance of street lighting in contributing to a safe city, Hydro doesn't appear to have any system for staff-reporting of outages -- yet its trucks are on the road day and night. How else could the years-long light outages in the Pembina/Jubilee underpass be explained? Or, likewise, the Logan/McPhillips underpass lights?

Hydro has a responsibility to do their bit to reduce the carnage on our streets.

ROWENA FISHER

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 17, 2014 A16

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