I commend the police for their current campaign to remind motorists to be watchful and respectful of pedestrians. At the same time, pedestrians could also use good judgment.

Here's a case in point: I was traveling east on 2100 South a few nights ago at 9 p.m. It was dark and traffic was heavy. Two people in dark clothes stepped right out into oncoming traffic. They were in a pedestrian crosswalk but almost invisible. I was traveling well under the speed limit and almost ran into one of them.

Considering this, I thought to share a rhyme taught to me by my dad when I first started walking to elementary school:

Here lies the body of Jonathan Day

Who died maintaining his right of way.

He was right — dead right — as he walked along.

But he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong.

Arthur S. Anderson

Salt Lake City