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What are they thinking?

So this has been bugging me for a long time but in recent weeks it has become dangerous.

The city and many builders have spent a ton of money building sidewalks for people to walk or jog on but for some strange reason adults (18 years and older) seem to feel they have the right to jog/run/walk in the street. I say adults because when you see the school track teens training, they seem to be smarter and use the sidewalks.

Kids walking to school seem smarter and do the safe thing. This past week I was turning from Clay Bank Road onto Gulf Drive and an adult male who was on the sidewalk ran off the walkway right in front of my truck and went on his way in the middle of the street. My skid marks are there to prove the rapid stop that took place. When I asked the fool why, he said because he likes the street better.

Adults please, please set the right example for our kids, and please use the sidewalk. Please don’t use the excuse the asphalt is easier to run on. Getting hit by a car won’t make your running time any easier, and your “really good lawyer” can’t make you healthy again after you become road kill because you thumb your nose at common sense.

I wish we had a law to protect drivers from stupid people like this. Does anybody know if there is one on the books?

Gordon Hamlin


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Discussion | 9 comments

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  • CD BrooksMay 03, 2014 - 6:36 am

    Mr. Hamlin, laws are only as good as the folks necessary to enforce them. Good luck with that.

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  • GordonMay 03, 2014 - 6:51 am

    What i was / am hoping for is a family member of these folks to read this and put pressure on the dip sticks to be safe and stay out of the street. I don't jogg but thats not the point. I'd just like to see people do the right thing, set the correct example for younger people. In this case the older folks could learn from the younger. I just hope all make it home safe to enjoy another day.

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  • CD BrooksMay 03, 2014 - 6:57 am

    Mr. Hamlin, you asked if there was a law and I was responding to that, no argument with your letter. Some folks might feel there is safety in the street due to those folks notoriously backing out of driveways without looking, dogs and people riding their bicycles on the sidewalk?

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  • GordonMay 03, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    CD, i understood the post, no problem. I'm wondering if these same folks would tell there kids, grand kids to just "walk in the street, don't worry, we've got good lawyers"? O'well, guess you can't fix stupid....

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  • PornacMay 03, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    God will deal with irresponsibility!

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  • misterantsMay 03, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    Yeah, I'm not a jogger/runner, but you're wrong on this one. So long as they're running against the traffic and not WITH it then they are not only legally 'right', but also encouraged to do so. Yes, encouraged. It's for the safety of people WALKING on sidewalks, little kids toddling along, etc. You might not like it, but something tells me you're also the type to complain about bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc

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  • GordonMay 03, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    You have me all wrong. I'm not against any thing, not motorcycles, not bikes. Growing up i was taught to use sidewalks. For my safety and for drivers. It just seems like common sence to me. My question now regarding your posting, who says you sholud run in the street. Are you quoting a law or is that just what you've heard. Just asking, not trying to call any one out. What i don't see is anyone that does run in the street replying. Could be they don't read the paper or i think they know it's wrong and are just sticking their heads in the sand, hiding

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  • JagMay 03, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    I run 3 night a week if I am on a main street with no cut drive ways I will still on the sidewalk for example alongside Laurel Creek park and if I am down one of the side streets it is very difficult to deal with the cut driveway on the knees

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  • GordonMay 04, 2014 - 6:40 am

    i've heard others say the same thing. May i suggest that if your knees trouble you when you have to traverse those silly old driveways then a visit to your doctor might be a good idea. Also planning your run in the park might be a good way to avoid driveways. When i ask some folk about this they say older runners use that as an excuse, younger ones just don't care. Really if a driveway is so much of an issue that you would increase the likely hood of being hit by a car maybe joining a gym is a better idea. Still no one will say they tell there kids to "go play in the street". I wonder why that is?

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