04 June, 2007

Professional drivers?!

What's wrong with Kuching people these days?

Crossing a small road at commercial centres is no longer a safe thing to do, especially when there are lots of cars. Most of the time, crossing a busy small road is just a piece of cake. All you have to do is just walk across when the cars are moving slowly. And even if you are crossing the road half way when a car is driving towards you fast, that car would usually slow down to let you pass.

Now, things have changed.

Even when you are standing by the roadside, trying to make sure whether it is safe to cross, don't forget to put special attention on the cars nearest to you and parking at the side. The drivers might reverse their car without you noticing them and without them noticing you.

This has actually happened to me for a few times now -- 4 or 5, if I'm not mistaken. I also witnessed how my friend almost got knocked if I didn't pull her away from a reversing car. My parents talked to me about it as they have met such a careless driver too; my another encounter was with colleagues.

This sincere piece of word of caution goes out to everyone, whether you're a driver or not. Drivers, please kindly make sure that you check the surroundings, especially the back of your cars, before you start to reverse. You don't want to hurt anybody, do you? Passerby and anyone who's crossing the road (particularly at commercial centres e.g. Tabuan Jaya CC, Sarawak Plaza, Kenyalang CC, etc.), please be extra careful and be alert when you're crossing.

Prevention is always better than cure. So do something, you people out there! Be c-a-r-e-f-u-l!!!

Photo courtesy Texas Transportation Institute

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