The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

July 7, 2014

Keep an open eye

Unfortunate accident became biggest Fourth of July headline

ENID, Okla. — Local law enforcement officials were raising awareness of fireworks safety heading into the Fourth of July, but the biggest headline involved an unfortunate traffic incident.

Initial reports were sketchy when News Editor David Christy heard of an accident late Friday involving an Enid Police Department traffic control officer.

On deadline, we learned Geoffry McBride suffered a broken ankle after being struck by a vehicle on the Fourth of July while controlling traffic near Meadowlake Park. We wish the injured officer a speedy recovery.

McBride was conducting traffic control when he was struck by a 2010 Lexus RX35, driven by Boa Q. Yang, 29, of Enid. Yang said as he went through the intersection, McBride stepped out from the front of a stopped semi-trailer and he struck McBride.

In a 2008 incident, an EPD officer directing traffic after the Meadowlake Park fireworks show was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Cleveland and Rupe.

Without placing blame, it’s safe to say that directing traffic is dangerous business, especially when you consider how the volume of truck and vehicle traffic has increased.

We hope this unfortunate incident serves as a cautionary tale for motorists during future busy events. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists at all times, but pay particular attention during high-traffic events with overflowing crowds. Don’t forget to look out for the other guy.

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