On Tuesday, the City of Chicago launched a campaign aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian-versus-automobile accidents. Thirty two mannequins are lined up along Wacker Drive, each one wearing a shirt that says “One of 32,” representing the number of pedestrians killed in Chicago last year.
On Thursday, my co-worker and friend got hit by a taxi.
Her injuries are not life-threatening, but she is going to be in recovery for a long, long time.
The message on the mannequins’ t-shirts is directed at pedestrians, telling them to be more aware. We were talking at the office of how, yes, pedestrians many times do not pay attention. There is also this tradition in Chicago of not watching the stop light, but rather the traffic itself before crossing the street. I actually do both because it seems like every. single. day. a car, usually a taxi, will come barreling through the intersection on a yellow light, trying to make a left turn before the light turns green for on-coming traffic. They drive with no regard for anything but the next fare.
Pedestrians need to watch out, absolutely. But dammit. These taxi drivers have GOT to slow the fuck down and show just one ounce of regard for other people. (sorry for the language, but I am really pissed)
Get well soon, Kathy.