The Peninsula isn't especially pedestrian friendly, aside from parts of Newport News near Christopher Newport University and Williamsburg in the vicinity of William and Mary.

You will probably walk several city blocks before finding a crosswalk on major roads.

That may be why Hampton police are reminding walkers to use crosswalks and sidewalks, and not to enter streets unless it's legal to do so.

Hampton has had two pedestrians killed in the past month, one on Mercury Boulevard and the other on Todd's Lane.

A news release sent out by Jason Price, a spokesman for Hampton police, said motorists should slow down when entering crosswalks and that they should never try to pass other vehicles stopping for pedestrians.

Statistics from the National Highway and Safety Administration say that 4,092 pedestrians were killed in 2009, the last year data was available. Another 59,000 were injured.

Traffic grinds to halt

For much of last Sunday, traffic was tied up throughout Gloucester County as pedestrians braked to survey the storm damage.

There were no accidents on Route 17 near Page Middle School, but everyone slowed down to see the massive destruction caused by a tornado that hit the county. Sheriff Steve Gentry said residents need to avoid "rubberneckin."

The problem is also rampant on Virginia interstates.

A lot of times, when a crash has happened state troopers and emergency responders work diligently to clear the road, but motorists in both directions pause to stare at the wreck. It's only human to look, but perhaps we could avoid unnecessary back-ups if we don't slam on brakes to see the road carnage.

Pre-summer back-ups

Anyone trying to get back to the Peninsula from the Southside this week knew that the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel was not kind.

On two days last week - Thursday and Tuesday - the bridge had at least 10 mile-back-ups on I-64 West because of disabled vehicles and car accidents near the tunnel.

The traffic jams are a reminder of the sensitive interconnections between the region's water crossings.

As soon as the HRBT backup went beyond 7 miles, the Monitor Merrimac also started to slow up from the rush of vehicles trying t avoid the HRBT. That said, officials note that the Monitor Merrimac is still somewhat underutilized when it comes to reaching and leaving the Peninsula.

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