Dear Columbus Drivers, Red Means Stop.

The other day, The Civee and I were walking around, about to cross the street, when we were almost run over by a car driven by a woman who apparently didn’t notice the red octagonal sign hovering over the intersection.

She eventually stopped, with the front of her car out in traffic, so we passed behind her, quite miffed, while alerting her to the fact that she blew past a stop sign.  Sure we were loud, but we felt because she had her windows and sunroof open that she heard us.

Flashforward to yesterday evening…I was waiting for The Civee to get back home from her class when I get a panicked call from her: “I’m all right, I was in an accident, I’ll call back later.”

Turns out, The Civee was going through an intersection on her way home, while some yahoo driving an SUV ignored the fact that he had a red light, ran through the light and straight into the side of our car (effectively T-Boning it).  Our car swung around and got hit again on the front.

The Civee bumped her head and was checked out by paramedics at the scene.  Other than a headache, she’s all right (and we think the baby is too).

The car, on the other hand, is not.  We went to the place where it was towed to pick up our things, and when we first got there, I didn’t recognize the car.  For some reason, they wouldn’t let me take pictures, but I can say that it made the last time we were hit look like a scratch.

As I said, luckily, The Civee is fine and our insurance should take care of the car.  But still, two incidents within days where our lives are endangered by idiots failing to heed the most basic rule- that red means stop.

I know I’m not a perfect driver.  But I’m definitely going to be paying attention to those octagonal signs and red lights in the future.

5 thoughts on “Dear Columbus Drivers, Red Means Stop.”

  1. Glad to hear that the two most important things in your life are OK. If you need a ride… you can hop on board the Wolverine anytime soon.

  2. Holy shit. Glad everyone came out on the good side. Damn.

    Drivers have really been getting on my nerves lately, both as a person walking around and the other driver. Just piss poor driving and awareness.

    I’m not a pro driver either but I can count the number of red lights and stop signs I’ve accidentally run on one hand. And most of the time the lights were a slight orange/pink color anyway 🙂 Point is I saw them coming and was aware that I ran them, I didn’t ignore them.

    I’ll change lanes without signaling and drive 10MPH over the limit, but I don’t run reds – not so much because I don’t want to not hurt other people, but because I don’t want to hurt myself or my car! Talk about a hassle, it’s just not worth not paying attention to what you’re doing. Idiots.

    Were any of the lunatic drivers you encountered cell phone talking while they were driving?

  3. Wow! I didn’t realize you had a blog, too. NICE! I can’t believe the accident. That had to have been scary for both of you. You’re a bit more thorough with the details, and I can totally understand your frustration with drivers. It really makes you want to pay more attention to the road/surroundings yourself. I know I will.
    Take Care.

  4. Thanks for all the well wishes. The Civee is, for the most part, feeling better.

    Morning Toast – I don’t think so. The girl who ran the stop sign was in a car with a bunch of her friends, so she was likely distracted, but not at the level one would be if their head was buried in a cell phone conversation. But you’re right, I don’t get how people can not pay attention when driving.

    Nyioka – Thanks for stopping by! It was scary, but things are moving in the right direction.

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