|RR Underpass, 1939 - closed frequently|
The lawsuit comes more than four years after the then-11-year-old boy was instructed by his teacher during his fourth-period physical education class to go across the parking lot and through the tunnel to the high school football field so they could continue their course in football and related field activities....See more discussion of underpasses here. People advocate for under- and overpasses, but they are trouble to maintain and keep safe, and part of the context here is not just the question of negligence, but how we create barriers inside the city with rail and high speed roads like highways and arterials, and what ongoing resources are necessary to sustain the crossings as useful everyday. We often don't budget adequately for future maintenance obligations or consider them in the initial capital costs of infrastructure.
At the bottom of the ramp that enters the tunnel, two steel posts were implanted in the ground along with the remnants and metal footing of a third post.
At the time, the asphalt along the ramp and in the tunnel was cracked, uneven and in disrepair, according to the lawsuit.
As the student was running down the ramp, his foot struck the raised metal piece of the third post remnant, and he fell....
When the tunnel was built, the city of Salem agreed to maintain the entire underpass and structure, including the tunnel, according to the lawsuit.
But the city failed to abide by this agreement, [the lawyer] said. They failed to provide proper lighting in the tunnel, maintain the sidewalk and surrounding area, warn those using the tunnel of possible hazards and regularly inspect the area to ensure safety
|We have a widespread problem with speeding and driving|
In the paper earlier this week was a claim that cops also fail themselves to observe traffic control devices and drive unsafely when not on an emergency call.
This is not a problem particular to police, but should be understood as a problem with our culture-wide commitment to autoism. We have a widespread car problem. Even the police, with all their training, have difficulty using them safely and prudently.
At the same time, it is reasonable to hold cops to a higher standard, and we should be especially upset when they drive unsafely or carelessly.
|A comparison of assault rates, which was missing in the piece|