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Slippery sidewalks are dangerous to pedestrians

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  We've talked to a lot of drivers this week about icy road conditions, but the ice has presented a problem for pedestrians as well.

Many people who walk to work or to bus stops have complained that there are basically no sidewalks.  Plows have pushed snow onto the sidewalks in some spots and other spots are slippery and hard to make it through because of freezing rain.

Walkers are slipping and sliding all over the place. Bonnie Christiansen says, "Nobody is doing anything about the sidewalks.  Last night, Ben Franklin Transit was running so late that I walked from 22nd Avenue to 18th & Lewis and all the sidewalks were iced over."

Each city says it's the property owner's responsibility to keep their sidewalks and parking lots clear.

One example of the slick streets being dangerous is that on Tuesday, in Pullman a police officer broke his leg when he slipped and fell on a bike path. He crawled through the snow to a road, then waved at cars for about 15 minutes before someone called for help.