opinion: Woman pleads with driver to keep attention on road
Thank goodness that my sturdy Mini-Cooper was there between you and the people in the crosswalk. Was it a ringing phone or an urgent text buzz that pulled your attention away from the road? This ability to communicate is such a convenience. However, there is a cost for your convenience.
The people in the crosswalk were just leaving a meeting. Did you notice that they were dressed for our warm summer day as they stood by the road side getting soaked in the rain? Inconvenient. They were reluctant to leave me with the inconvenience of having my car towed. Your larger vehicle was conveniently still drivable.
As anyone who works long hours can tell you, routine things like grocery shopping are rarely convenient. I am grateful that you won’t be carrying the guilt of injury to anyone. If you’d like, you can imagine both the kind tow truck driver and me wincing as slivers of glass remind us that we shouldn’t have attempted to move the grocery bags from the back of the Mini.
The city of Ann Arbor recently tackled the issue of pedestrian safety by making it the law for drivers to stop. It is inconvenient at times, but safety rules. Life is busy and cell phone messages are insistent. I’m not really suggesting that it is only you. I’m wondering why we seem to have to learn this lesson one driver at a time.