Why can’t careless Iqaluit drivers obey crosswalk signs?

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

What is the point of having crosswalks all around Iqaluit, if only a small percentage of drivers actually stop at them?

I waited at the crosswalk beside the post office today for a good five minutes, watching car after car pass without stopping to let me cross.  I counted eight cars that just kept going. 

I know I was seen, but they just didn’t care enough to stop.

These signs were put up for a reason, so why aren’t the drivers obeying them?  Taxis, government vehicles, federal government vehicles, personal vehicles, it doesn’t matter who’s driving, most drivers don’t stop at crosswalks.

What’s it going to take for drivers to stop to let pedestrians cross at crosswalks? A child, assuming vehicles will stop because that is what they are taught, just run right into the road near a crosswalk and then getting hit by a vehicle that was in too much of a rush to get where they have to go? 

It should only take about a minute, if even that, to stop and let a person cross the street at a crosswalk.

I pray that nothing like what I mentioned above about the child ever happens, but it just might one of these days, if drivers don’t follow the rules of the road.

(Name withheld by request)
Iqaluit


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