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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Open letter to pedestrians

Posted on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

I spent most of my adult years living in some of the larger cities in the world. Now I live in Halifax and as a pedestrian having walked these larger cities, I understand your plight—fearing for your life against drivers who drive too fast, don't look where they are going and are generally too distracted. Now that I live In Halifax, I drive. I drive everywhere. And I consider myself a conscientious driver. I never speed, I never use my phone for texting or otherwise, hell, I barely switch radio stations when I drive and I can say, I have never come close to hitting a pedestrian. But I must request this; please, please, please more attention when crossing the road. While I am concentrating on about 10 different things while driving—other cars, narrow streets, parked cars, pedestrians, cyclists, changing lights, bad weather, school crossing guards, bad drivers and our beloved pets of the world—you have but one thing to concentrate on, and that is the driver that is approaching the crosswalk. Countless times as I am approaching a crosswalk in my vehicle, you will simply step out without a care in the world not even looking at the oncoming car. Perhaps it is my responsibility to avoid you, but why would you put your trust in a complete stranger driving a two-ton killing machine? Even if it is my responsibility to avoid you, you will still lose this one. Don't make it a game of you're right, I'm wrong. Watch your own ass and hopefully you'll come out alive. —I'm doing my job, now please do yours

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