Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Look both ways...

Did you know the Cornell Police have tried a couple of times over the last several years to be more proactive about enforcing pedestrian safety and traffic laws, but gave up because it annoyed people?

Did you know the Cornell junior who died after being struck by a bus on a rainy March evening nine years ago had the right of way, but wouldn't have died that night had she simply looked before stepping off the curb? Lots of other factors contributed to that accident, including the overcrowded bus and the driver apparently drinking before his shift, but the fact remains that the all-too-common student pedestrians who step into the roadway without looking are taking their lives into their own hands.

I'm writing about this tragic and needless death for publication next week, and it's not easy. I hate to blame the victim of what was clearly a random confluence of unfortunate factors as well as negligence on the part of the driver, but the student who looks before crossing the street isn't going to need the "She had the right of way" epitaph on her tombstone.

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