Written by Jerry Riley
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00
The other day I was walking across Route 24, with the walk light, when a car turning left from Route 117 just had to blast its horn, for some reason, as it turned. Maybe the driver thought they had the right of way, or maybe they couldn’t slow down. I stopped! After they had gotten out of the crosswalk, I started to walk again, when another car came past me - so close I felt the wind! Maybe these drivers just look straight ahead.
I’m not going to just pick on drivers. I’ve seen pedestrians do it, seemingly unaware of their surroundings, too. The biggest difference is in case of an accident, where the walker is probably going to get the worst of the deal. Even though the pedestrian always has the right of way, the walker has to be very careful, since some driver’s don’t seem to be very careful.
When walking on the sidewalk or crossing in front of an alley, walkers should always stop and look, since oftentimes drivers will drive until they can see if there is traffic on the road, evidently forgetting there is a sidewalk - or that a legal stop is required before the stop sign! Then, for safety, before they run over the sidewalk and finally, again when they have a clear view of the road.
Walkers walking through parking lots also have to be alert, listen for cars starting, watch for back up or brake lights. Be prepared to stop or move away from drivers backing out of a parking space. Often they don’t see people walking. Sometime they are already using their cell phone or, they just don’t look - and, what a revoltin’ development this is!
Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 14:58