The Life of Riley: On the Move

I’m on the move most of the time on a nice day. One reason I give is that a moving target is harder to hit! Walking allows people time to think. Some ideas for columns come to me while I am out walking. To my detractors, notice I didn’t say anything about good ideas. I know that when I drive I have to be more focused than when I am strolling.

Of course, walkers, as well as drivers, must be vigilant. Drivers should also remember that many of the walkers they may encounter are children and a loose ball, or chasing a squirrel may take precedence over looking both ways.

Red light, Green light was a child’s game back in the olden days, when I was more immature. Red means stop, green means go. It appears that as we grow older, that concept has become blurred to some drivers.

Recently on a Sunday afternoon I was waiting for the walk light so I could cross Route 24. Standing there I had a perfect view of the traffic lights. The light moved to amber, so I knew the walk light would soon turn on. Three cars raced though the amber light and one on the red!

When I have been driving toward a traffic light, so close when it changed to amber that stopping was impossible so the first car can have an excuse but the second and third car, I had to wonder. The one that ran the red light was just wrong. Do these drivers ever wonder about the possible consequences? … and what a revoltin’ development that is!

Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.