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