Why do cars NOT STOP at a marked cross walk when there are children trying to cross the street?
It seems like it shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out:
- 8:30 in the morning...check
- Sept. 7 first day back at school after labour day...check
- Two schools in the neighbourhood that if you're driving along the street you probably know about...check (if you don't you're an idiot)
- Children walking with large backpacks hanging off their backs...check
- Same children stopped at a marked cross walk....
Uhm, so the answer would be STOP YOUR F%&!#ING CAR to let the kids cross the street?? I don't know, seems like the correct answer to me.
Unlike some of my American friends, in my neighbourhood we don't use school buses, in fact the only school buses that I know of are for private schools. It's just not done here. We have sidewalks EVERYWHERE and they get used. (No offence to my American friends, I'm just stating a fact - love you all)
Kids walk, ride their bikes/scooter (lazy one's get a ride three blocks - pathetic) to school. It's what we do.
So why is it that I have to stand out in the middle of the road with my arms out, screaming like a lunatic for the cars to stop (embarrassing my 12 year old...yes apparently I have to help my 12 year old cross a street so he doesn't get hit) making a complete ass out of myself, with a mini van bearing down on me, then slamming on the breaks, tires skidding (so....you weren't going to stop I guess??).
I'm at a loss here folks. I quite simply don't get it.