Respect Traffic When Crossing the Street

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I remember being told as a young child to look both ways before crossing the street so that a car doesn’t hit you. It seems to be common sense you would think.

Although, after spending time on the North Dakota State campus, I see that it might not be as common as we think.

Every day I am continually amazed by how many people cross the streets on campus without so much as a glance upward to see if cars are coming. I imagine it has to be frustrating as a driver when people are not willing to let you make a turn when you are already halfway into the intersection.

Yes, pedestrians have the right of way, but that does not excuse one to be selfish and rude.

I understand that we as students are in a hurry to get to class and some people have to get across campus in 10 minutes to their next class. Yet, I do not see why some people just refuse to pause for a moment and let a vehicle pass by. Simply expecting all traffic to halt because you need to cross is a conceded notion.

I like to think that here at NDSU, we as students — as people — are kind and thoughtful toward our fellow Bison. Take a few seconds to let a car pass so they are not stuck waiting for the next cluster of people to pass. After all, it is not a hard task.

To me, it is the same as holding a door open for the person behind you. This modest action demonstrates the politeness for which the Midwest is known.

Next time you are heading to class or back to an apartment or the dorms, take a moment to let a vehicle pass by or make a turn before you cross the street. We all were taught when we were young to treat others how we would want to be treated.

Engaging in a selfless act for someone is the “paying-it-forward” mentally that we should strive for.

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