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Stop Walking In Front of My Car Redux
Posted Aug 24, 2011 - 9:19:24

StreetAlmost exactly a year ago, I wrote an open letter to the students of Purdue asking them to do something quite simple:

I asked them to stop walking in front of my car while I'm driving.

I wrote a lot of stuff, but an important bit comes near the end:
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.

The reference to my brakes is because at the time I was driving a 1996 Ford Escort of questionable condition (a situation since remedied with the purchase of a new car) - importantly though is that "don't walk" bit.

The semester has started again at Purdue, and apparently by returning to school the students (and in some cases professors) appear to have completely lost any semblance of pedestrial common sense, and while driving back home on 26 this morning, and as I approached a green light I was forced to brake hard. Why? Because a crowd of people were standing in the middle of the road.

Okay, technically they were walking and not standing - but they were doing so slowly.

I wish I was shocked by this, that grown adults lack the basic skills to understand the universal "don't walk" symbol most three year olds are able to comprehend, but I'm not. It's frustrating though, as I know not every driver has the responses that I do, and one of these days (likely one soon sadly), there is going to be a tragic accident around that university.


So, to you returning and new students of Purdue University, I give you the same advice I'd give a two year old: don't walk into moving traffic and obey the traffic lights. If you can't handle that, natural selection is going to rear it's ugly head. I just hope it doesn't happen while I'm the driver...

...I don't want to have to spend the money on fixing my car.
- Traegorn

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