Be responsible, slow down
December 13, 2010
I am reminded every day of how easy it is to get so wrapped up in my own world that I forget about how my actions affect others.
This reminder comes from watching people speed down 3rd Street while I sit on my front porch or watch out my front window. The speed limit from Euclid to the 3rd Street Center is 15 mph; from Euclid to Main it’s 20 mph, and rarely do I see anybody drive at or below the limit. I watch people speed from stop sign to stop sign on Euclid and Sopris, or blow through the stop signs all together. I find it ironic that some of these offenders include the school buses, which are on the roads while our children are walking home, and people going to and from the 3rd Street Center, who are taking time from their day to improve the world or themselves at one of the nonprofit businesses housed in the center.
Randy Pausch in “The Last Lecture” states, “Rights … come from the community. In return, all of us have a responsibility to the community.” We all have a right to drive on the roads through our neighborhoods, but we also have a responsibility to follow the traffic laws to protect the people of this community.
One of the things I love about living in Carbondale is that people watch out for each other. I had a great “community” moment one day while shopping in a store on Main Street. My son, who had just learned to walk, slipped out of his stroller, opened the door and ran out toward the street faster than I thought humanly possible. Two cars had stopped, and the driver from the first car was already running toward my son by the time I got to him. I am forever grateful that those men were mindful of what was happening around them.
Moments like this are what make Carbondale a great place to live. We can keep it that way by taking an extra minute to slow down and pay attention while driving.
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