There are only a few things these days that really get my blood boiling. I’ve mellowed with age. And though I still have some pet peeves, I try not to let them out into the world much. Most of them are idiot things that are more about how I’m reacting (poorly) to something someone else is doing, so I’m attempting to let them go as much as possible. After all, I can’t control them. I can only control me. So letting that go makes a lot of sense.
One of the things that I can’t let go is not stopping at stop signs. It drives me batty.
We have an elementary school not two blocks from my house. It has stop signs all over and I watch people do everything BUT stop. I’ve seen them:
- slow down but never actually stop
- slow down, tap their brake pedal for a second, and keep on going
- roll on through without even looking
Um. It’s not there as a decoration. And they do it everywhere, not just the school zone near my house. Parking lots. Stoplights where they’re turning right. Anywhere they just don’t want to be bothered.
I’ve told my daughters that if I catch them not stopping at stop signs when they drive, that they won’t be driving long.
The purpose of these signs is to make us stop, usually for a good reason. School zones are one. People in parking lots are another. And residential areas in general is a third. People speed through our neighborhood all the time and it bugs the heck out of me.
In an age when distracted driving is at an all time high with cell phones, dancing to the radio, being overstressed and overtired, it’s amazing that more people aren’t in accidents every day. If we stop, look around, and take a breath to make sure there are no people, cars, animals, or kids in the way, does it really slow us down all that much?
The answer is no, it doesn’t.
So please stop at stop signs and pay attention to what’s going on around you. They’re there for a reason.
And it might just save a life. Yours. A neighbor. A complete stranger. Who knows?