Utah auto-pedestrian crashes have increased, new report says
Kids walking to school in the dark is caused by.....? Right, some
governing entity moved our clocks forward by 1 hour.
Actually moving the clock forward isn't the real problem that children are
walking to school in the dark.The problem is that it was moved
forward TOO SOON.Spring does not begin until the 21st of March.
IandC,moving the clocks forward this passed weekend actually provides a
lot more light at the time these kids were going to school. I would bet running
across street not in a cross walk /trying to beat traffic.
Light levels weren't even mentioned in the article. The blame lies with the
impatient, inconsiderate person(s) who decided, "Hey, I don't want stop
or even think about why this car in front of me may have stopped; I'll just
go on my merry way!....Uh-oh.........."
Hopefully this young man is able to recover. That's an awful price to pay
for crossing the street outside a crosswalk.I hope the local City
decides to actually install a couple crosswalks, now, and help avoid some of
this risk in the future. In fact, if I lived there I'd go to a City
Council Meeting and ask personally that it be done and done right away.
RE: StandingdMoving the clock forward like we did this weekend DOES
make it darker in the morning when these kids are walking to school. (Although I
personally think it is stupid to keep moving the clocks forward each spring and
back each fall- but that is another discussion).BUT I suspect the
light or dark didn't have much to do with this.... Jay-walking as these
kids were doing is always risky. I hope they are issued tickets for the
jay-walking. When we act act in a risky manner we can't control the
fact check - the accident wasn't caused by any of the cars. It started
with four teens who disregarded cross walked and walked out into a dark street.
Why do we blame the drivers when it's the kids that were in the wrong
place. The first driver stopped in an area where other drivers didn't know
what to expect and they had to swerve around him.Parents, teach your
kids some responsibility and respect the laws. Even the simple ones like using
a crosswalk. Common sense could have prevented this from happening.
There are several problems with the stretch of 5400 South between Cougar Lane
and 5600 West. One, drivers beleive it to be a dragstrip and drive accordingly
while applying makeup, shaving, and texting - I have see it all daily in the 13
years I have been catching a bus on 5400 South and Leprechaun Lane. Two, all
high school students north of 5400 South are expected to use a single crosswalk
at Cougar Lane. Very poor, lazy, and thoughtless city planning. Three, everyone
trying to use the bus to get to work has no safe place to cross the street to
catch an eastbound bus. I literally must allow a minimum of ten minutes just to
cross the street at 5400 South and Leprechaun Lane. A safe crosswalk (with
flashing lights!) is very badly needed somewhere between Cougar Lane and 5600
South. I challange the Kearns Council to come watch traffic with me in the
morning - and to see how much time is added when working adults trying to catch
a bus have to walk to 5600 West or to Cougar Lane to cross the street to catch
Regardless of who is to blame, this accident would NOT have happened if Daylight
Savings Time had not been started this week. It ought to at least be pushed
back to the first week of April like it used to be.