Ever take the time to analyze what is the most ignored or broken traffic law on a daily basis?
Most folks would vote for speeding, unbuckled seatbelt, texting while driving, or at this time of year, even riding a Harley without wearing a helmet.
My experiences, however, would lead me to vote for disregarding folks standing in a crosswalk.
Who in their right mind would dare to walk right out into the street trusting that all cars will come to a stop when they see a brave pedestrian walking in a crosswalk?
A few weeks ago, I was waiting at a crosswalk in Wonewoc and delivered some well deserved curses (in my mind, only) to the drivers who drove by with a smile on their faces that bordered on a one-finger salute.
Ironically, the exact opposite thing happened at the same crosswalk about half a year ago when a car politely stopped and waved to me as I hesitantly walked across the street.
Just as I was feeling like all was right with the world, his window came down and he greeted me. Turns out he was a councilman from Hillsboro and I’ll never know whether he was actually following the letter of the law, or just stopping to say “Hi.”
I’m just going to go on thinking he would have stopped whether he knew me or not. However, each instance is a solo adventure. I like the law, especially when I’m a pedestrian. I wonder if it is included on the driver’s license test.
For those of you with too much time on your hands. Did you know that…
• A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
• A crocodile can’t stick out its tongue.
• Al Capone’s business card said that he was a used furniture dealer.
• Cats have over 100 vocal sounds and dogs only have about 10.
• If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
• It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
• An average American, in his whole life, will spend six months waiting at red lights.
• Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
• A snail can sleep for three years.
• An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain?
It would take a heck of a lot more time than you have to proved that each of these surprising statements are facts. If any of you want to try, be sure to let me know.