Eyes Open, People!
Making eye contact could save (at least) your life!
What I see on a daily basis would make you cringe! They include but are not limited to:
- Pedestrians walking across intersections, engrossed in their texting, phone call or actual book reading
- Pedestrians crossing streets, most often on a diagonal, from in between parked vehicles (again often engrossed as above)
- Pedestrians crossing the streets on a red light, pushing baby strollers and often with one or two children - no hands being held and children not within arms reach of the adult
- Drivers failing to signal a turn or come to a stop at appropriate signage (i.e. 4-way stops, stop lines) and barely missing someone who actually had the right of way
What do all these have in common? Not a single one, in my experience, has ever made eye contact with approaching drivers! Not one seems to have any care for themselves, let alone others in the direct area.
Have the parents not taught their children common sense and basic safety?
I try to make contact with pedestrians and drivers alike, when I see the former crossing the street (especially not at a designated crossing) and the latter at all intersections. It's just a matter of common sense to see where you are going and to keep safe!
C'mon people! Open your eyes!!