A few years ago a good friend of mine was struck in a crosswalk and killed by an inattentive driver. Now the speed limit on that street near the university has been dropped to 25 mph. A pedestrian actuated warning with red blinking lights has been installed there. Yet only last week, while those warning lights were blinking, another pedestrian was hit by a driver trying to pick up a dropped cell phone.
People in a hurry with a lot on their minds and being distracted by electronic gadgets is a recipe for mistakes.
I avoid campus as much as I can for that reason, but I sometimes walk there in the winter because the sidewalks are kept clear of snow. One morning I was a witness when a young lady crossing the street was struck by a car.
The skid marks left by the tires were easy to see for days. That pedestrian was taken to the hospital and, fortunately, treated and released.
This week most of the students are away because of a semester break so my morning walk went through campus.
There is also a fine for driving and texting.
In attempts to get the attention of distracted people the city has passed several laws against multitasking while walking and driving.
“Like a train wreck, you’re on a mission. Tunnel vision got you blinded.
Hmmm there’s even inflation on jaywalking fines.
I wonder why an additional $1.50 is listed on the mobile sign.
Better slow down before you lose your ground.
You’ll miss everything surrounding you.
Stop and just look around.”
“Look Around” 2010 David Archuleta
"I've walked with very famous people down red carpets over to the crowd of thousands of people, and you'll reach out to shake their hand and they've got a camera in their hand. And they don't even get their hand out, because they're recording the whole time. And you can tell people that you recorded Brad Pitt, but it would be very hard for you to say you actually met him, because you were watching it all through your phone.” George Clooney