RANT: Please watch crosswalks when you drive!
Monday, June 04, 2012
I almost got hit by a car today. Scared the you-know-what out of me! I also said a very bad word or two to the driver--his window was open, and I was less than a foot away from him, but I still don't think he really realized it.
I was running along one of my local roads, on the multi-use path alongside it. Got to a busy corner with a stoplight. The light was green for me, but the crosswalk was an orange stop hand, so I hit the pedestrian crossing button. I waited through a whole cycle of the light until I got the pedestrian okay. I looked behind me, because lots of cars turn right at that corner, and since they have a green light, they often don't stop. Nobody there, so I proceeded.
Suddenly some guy comes up from the right really fast. He has a red light, but he can stop and proceed to a right turn on red. However, he didn't look at the crosswalk at all, and he didn't stop at all either. It was the fastest "rolling stop" I ever saw, and almost rolled right over my toes!! I could have (and thought about) slamming my hands on his driver's door, I was that close. Instead, I resorted to swearing at him (he proceeded through the intersection and drove away) and then tried to get my heart rate back down off the ceiling.
This is the first really close call I've had, and I imagine it won't be the last. But wow--very scary! Please, please pay attention to crosswalks when you drive! I would have felt bad if he had hit me, but I think he also would have been very unhappy. Nobody really wants to hurt anyone else like that, just carelessly. Plus I would have gotten blood all over his white car. :-(