I was running errands at 1:40 p.m. March 26 and driving on Third Street and about to make a left turn onto Burlington Avenue, sitting behind three vehicles.

There was an older man with a cane wanting to cross from the west side of Burlington.

The first two vehicles crossed in front of the man while the third vehicle — a late model Suburban —waited patiently until the man had safely crossed the busy street.

I then followed as did others behind me.

The driver in the Suburban could have been in a hurry, too, but at least the driver waited as opposed to the other two drivers who “just had” to get where they were going.

I’ve been driving for more than 40 years and was taught to always yield to pedestrians. Maybe I’m wrong.

But, then again, I’ve never hit a pedestrian.

A couple of years ago, I stopped to let a Hastings Tribune carrier cross Burlington at a crosswalk and a “busy” lady in a white GMC behind me honked. I also knew the dear lady who was killed while crossing Burlington not too long ago.

I’ve also seen so many drivers rushing to get where they are going that they run red lights.

Why are people so impatient when it comes to human life?

I think people need to read and understand the drivers manual available free at the courthouse.


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