This morning, like every spring morning in Port, kids were walking to school in and around the Park Section. A section where EVERY street intersection has a stop sign. Sadly, they are nearly universally disregarded. A few years ago, after nearly getting hit by a car, my son took a camcorder to the bus stop with him one morning and at the intersection of Fairview and Elm, he recorded 34 cars going through the stop sign without making a full stop. Some people didn’t even slow down, most did slow a little but none of the 34 made a full stop. A full stop is stopping all forward motion, it’s a good idea to count to 2 before proceeding to remove all doubt.
This morning at about 7:55, as kids were hurrying the last few blocks to , and the were called to the intersection of Revere Avenue and Orchard Street because someone ignored a stop sign. Three girls were crossing at the same time, and who was in too much of a hurry to get where they wanted to go. Stop signs are not an inconvenience. They are there for the safety of our children. Let’s try to pay better attention.
Paul G. Ferguson is an attorney who lives in Port Washington. The opinions here are solely those of the author.