When I was growing up, we took our parent’s hands, stopped, looked both ways, and listened for any oncoming traffic before crossing the road. Nowadays the young and old keep their heads down, eyes on the pavement, without even a glance up as to what’s going on around them before crossing the street. What’s wrong with these people?
Why would someone put themselves in danger like that, potentially risking their life? What’s happening to our society and good old-fashioned common sense? It seems today people have the mentality that others are responsible for THEIR safety.
In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, making up about 16% of all traffic fatalities, a 9% increase from a year earlier. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association 2016 data, Delaware leads the pack in pedestrian-vehicle deaths, followed by Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and New Mexico rounding out 5th place. The GHSA mentions potential factors to pedestrian deaths include a better economy, an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distractions due to the growing use of smartphones.
It’s true America is becoming a more health conscious “walking country” and it’s also true we are easily distracted by our little pocket computers, yet could there be a bigger picture here? More Americans are passing responsibility for their life and future to the driver (a complete stranger) rather than being accountable for their own life.
It’s no secret more American citizens than ever before are becoming increasingly dependent on society. During the Obama era, large numbers of Americans faced hardships and became dependent on the government subsidies like disability, Welfare benefits, and food stamps. All of which leads to many being dependent on the government, giving up personal responsibility (and we wonder why the public seems so lackadaisical today).
If a large number of Americans depend on others (taxpayers) for their long-term financial well-being, then does it make sense more people would depend on anyone but themselves to keep them safe from harm rather than taking the responsibility for themselves?
We don’t want today’s children to think it’s ok to put their safety and life in other people’s hands, and most importantly their financial future. Set a good example for the next generation, and society as a whole, be accountable, responsible, and please…Stop, Look, and Listen next time you cross the street.