The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
I am appalled at the driving abilities of some of the students at this college.
Illustration by Chris Fortier
While crossing the area designated as a crosswalk on Seneca Lane between the Black Walnut and Mackenzie buildings, I was nearly struck by a young lady in a vehicle who completely ignored the stop sign, a mainstay at that intersection for at least 20 years. Having used my cat-like reflexes to dodge the oncoming conveyance, I was greeted with a gesture, which sarcastically implied that she thought I was No. 1. Yes, she gave me the finger. Apparently, she didn’t realize the red octagon at that corner meant she needed to stop. She’s not the first one to miss this. On a regular basis I bear witness to person after person practicing driving habits so poor they should land a spot on Canada’s Worst Driver. Whether it’s talking or texting on a cellphone or speeding through the parking lot, we all need to be more careful, not just here, but on other roads as well. Winter is right around the corner, and there are too many preventable accidents on the road. I don’t mean to preach because I am sure there are times when I have not been the most responsible driver, but in 17 years of driving, I have never once blown past a stop sign with such utter disregard for the rules of the road. The college is a heavy traffic area during most hours of the day. Woodlawn Road and First Avenue can be a pain to have to drive on, and stupid drivers do not make the task any easier, especially in an area cluttered with pedestrians. We all need to take extra care. If you’re looking at a personal reason to take care behind the wheel, just look at your insurance statement to see how much you’re paying each month for automobile insurance. That rate will skyrocket if you have an accident. Insurance rates are astronomical to begin with, and as my father always says, “Why pay any more than you absolutely have to?” Obey the rules of the road, and be careful out there. For your sake and the sake of everyone around you.