Letter: Stop at crosswalks. Really | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Stop at crosswalks. Really

We are all familiar with the yellow signs in the middle of crosswalks in nearly every downtown area of Colorado. You know, those pesky signs so many motorists whiz by while some kid, old lady or other pedestrian looks on with one foot off the curb just trying to get to the other side of the street. Those bothersome signs that say “ State law, Stop for pedestrians in crosswalk.” They even have the picture of a stop sign with a stick person for the more literacy-challenged of folks out there.

Recently I stopped for a little girl at one of those signs in front of the library in New Castle. Guess what? Another driver chose to ignore the sign and just cruised through, striking that poor little girl with his pick-up truck. Yup, hit a kid with his truck, smack, head on. A child knocked down and laying on the pavement of Main Street.

Folks, I implore you, please slow down a bit going through town. Pay attention to what you are doing. Give your vehicle a brake and at least stop for the kids. Is it really that much of an inconvenience to pause for the briefest of moments and let somebody just simply cross the street. Slow down a little, it is small-town America, after all.

Thankfully the little girl was OK. A little shaken, scared and scraped up, but OK.

Brian Vandermark

New Castle

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