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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Stop the madness

Good Morning and thank you to Mother Nature for stopping that wind this morning!

OK, yesterday's online poll question here at delcotimes.com was: Do you stop at stop signs?
Here's the breakdown: 92 percent said yes, 6 percent answered sometimes and 2 percent clicked 'Depends if I'm in a hurry'
So, what does that mean? Well, it means many who answered the online poll are liars. The next time I see 92 percent of drivers even slow down at stop signs will be the first time (or something like that).
Here's the facts (OK, not facts but an observation): Barely anybody stops at stop signs. It doesn't matter if there are children walking nearby or police officers driving by (who, by the way, don't stop at stop signs either) or slippery conditions. For some reason, Delaware County drivers see stop signs as a sign to speed up. The other day, while out walking, I saw at least 15 cars not even put on the brakes when going through the neighborhood. Now, mind you, there are a lot of people around all the time and a lot of children either walking home from school or just out playing.
Yesterday, while waiting outside of a school, in the span of five minutes, seven cars blew through stop signs in Lansdowne. One was a Lansdowne police officer who, when I dared said something, slammed on the brakes and told me to mind my own business.
Now, I know there are a lot of problems out there and everybody is in such a big hurry that stop signs are a bother, but they are there for a reason.
Stop for a second. Make sure it's safe. Really, it's not that hard.
Believe me, it would be a lot harder to explain why you hit somebody.


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