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Please Stop Walking in Front of My Car
Posted Aug 25, 2010 - 10:01:14

Street. Dear Students of Purdue University,

I drive through your campus once a day to drop off my lovely wife. My car is old, busted, and not exactly in prime condition. It's high mileage and fifteen years old. When I need to, it takes me a little while to stop. So with that in mind, I am simply asking you:

Please stop walking in front of my car.

I fully respect right of way, and I understand that pedestrians have it. I would never challenge that, as I spent several years as solely a pedestrian -- walking everywhere, and never driving. I get it, trust me. But there's a level of awareness a pedestrian should have, and I think you guys are, well, lacking it.

I'm not sure if you've noticed this, but there are some lovely crosswalks scattered throughout your campus. May I proffer the advice that you actually use them? While you can just walk out in the middle of the block, perhaps you shouldn't. Can I also advise that you look both ways before walking into the street? While I know this is advice that we usually give to two year olds, I think it still holds true. Pausing for a second and looking both ways also signals to drivers you're going to try and cross the street.

It's good to let drivers know you're about to cross the street.

When you stride out into traffic randomly, especially when it's right in front of my car, it makes life significantly harder for all of us. As previously stated, my brakes may not be the most awesome things on the planet. You are putting both of us at risk, and... well... that isn't really all that much fun. Also, red lights and "don't walk" signs are not a suggestion. Consider it a bad idea to brazenly stride out into traffic against them.

I'm sure we can all find a way to safely share the road. If not, I may have to do some considerable body work to my Ford Escort.

- Traegorn

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