What is the big hurry?

Once again, I stopped at a crosswalk on the Post Road East by the Goodwill store, and a man was trying to cross the street. I waited for others to do the same. I was stopped for at least three to four minutes. I got honked at for stopping, and sometimes get even worse gestures.

After awhile, the pedestrian got the courage to cross. A man behind me in his BMW passed me with vengeance and almost hit the pedestrian who had to run for his safety.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have witnessed this. I was very upset afterwards and decided to drive to the Westport Police Department. I wanted to ensure that I had understood the law correctly, as I was the only car that stopped.

The police officer said that it is indeed a big problem, and yes, it is the law to stop (, www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/pedestrians.htm , sec.14-300. He mentioned that vehicles also pass school buses on the Post Road when the buses have their stop signs out.

I feel as if I can potentially cause accidents by obeying the law and stopping at crosswalks. Maybe I should disregard the pedestrians and the law to avoid causing an accident? No! I am not going to do that, but I do want to spread awareness that we have to factor in extra travel time when we drive. Someone actually might need to cross a crosswalk, and it is the law to stop.

Let's try to slow down and be considerate of others and follow the law. Together we can save lives. Let's lead by example to our young drivers. For the Police Department, it could be a great fundraiser as it is a $90 fine for not stopping at the crosswalk!

Susanne Addessi