StreetFilms: “Something Has to Be Done”


Emergency Pedestrian Safety Rally
Running time: 4 minutes 38 seconds 


Here are some highlights from Sunday’s rally for pedestrian safety. In the words of Audrey Anderson, whose 14-year-old son, Andre, was killed by an SUV while he was riding his bike: "Drivers who kill and are not apparently drunk walk away from crash sites as free as the birds in the air. How can this be, we all must ask?"

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