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After reading this Northeast News article, I can only find myself thinking: ‘Why am I not surprised?’
If you haven’t read the article yet, it’s basically about drivers in Fort St. John who apparently need to take a Young Drivers course, because they don’t seem to understand that you have to slow down when a school bus has flashing yellow lights and that you must stop when its red lights are beaming. This is for the sake of the children getting off the bus, the ones that might be too little to be seen as they cross in front of the bus to get to their house, or equally as important, the big teenagers zipping by.
While it may sound like common sense to do so, there are drivers who take no consideration to this. Instead they place a higher priority on their personal agenda to get from point A to B as quickly as possible. As a result, they simply don’t stop and continue to drive on by with a stale red light shining in their face.
This is a serious offence, guys, because it’s dangerous and illegal, and the School District is treating it as such. They have decided to implement cameras on the buses to take photos of vehicles who don’t abide by the law.
That, I can applaud.
But a part of me wonders how much this is going to cost the district, and if people just knew how to drive properly and courteously, how much of the district’s budget could be saved.
Now, if you’re wondering why I wasn’t surprised of this road behaviour it’s because I lived in Fort St. John for three years.
Yes, I loved my time there. The people are great, the community really comes together to help one another out and the area really does have a rare beauty to it. But, there were things I dreaded about this northern city, one of them being the harsh winters, the other: the drivers.
I was constantly tail-gated on the highway if I wasn’t going at least 20 mph over the speed limit, so basically, every time I drove on the highway.
I wrote story after story about drivers taking advantage of passing lines, or simply illegally passing on already dangerous roads. Before I left Fort St. John I wrote a story reminding drivers to stop at flashing red lights—it started to become a problem of people not doing so—especially in school zones.
Why is it that these drivers feel their time is more important than, potentially, someone’s life?
Part of me thinks it’s the transient population: do they not pay any mind to the people who live in this city? Is there a mentality that, since this place isn’t their home, they don’t need to abide by the law?
Or maybe it’s just the pure ignorance of not knowing the rules of the road, whether they’re transient or born and bred.
Whatever it is, I urge all of us drivers to be mindful of the little people. Stop and wait for school busses, these tots and teenagers count on it.