Yesterday on my way to work, I nearly ran over a guy crossing the street. He was tall and thin, wearing dark clothes. He has a sweatshirt hood pulled up over his head and was walking with his head down, talking on his cell phone. I don’t see how he could have been aware of anything going on around him. He was crossing the street against a green, ignoring the Don’t Walk sign. I did manage to see him and avoid running him over. Just barely.
I’ve been reliving this scene in my mind, where I swerved to avoid crushing someone, for two reasons.
First, a safety report was just released showing a 10% year over year increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States. That’s a lot more people dying for many reasons including more walkers (to be healthy) and more drivers (because of lower gas prices). But another reason, noted in the report, is that people are starting at phones and not looking around them. Don’t be that guy.
Second, we are heading off to spring break, when many students travel. For some, that means driving and walking in unfamiliar areas. If you are looking at your phone rather than looking around you, you might miss something fun and you might also walk right into trouble. Don’t be that guy.
I hope everyone has a great spring break whether you are traveling or not. If you aren’t traveling, I encourage you to get outside and recharge your body and mind so you are ready for the rush to finals.