In Nevada, always stop for pedestrians crossing the street

I almost hit a man in an electric wheelchair when I first moved to Nevada but I didn't get a ticket.

"You almost hit that man," the police officer said.

"I know," I said.

"Yeah," he said. "What would have happened then?"

I told him I didn't know. I told him I was sorry. I told him, on top of that, I didn't know cars had to stop for people who walked across the street anywhere on a series of white paint stripes and me not knowing that was the only reason I didn't slow down.

"He's going to get hit if he doesn't move," I tell people I thought.

"I'm going to hit him if he doesn't move," I actually thought.

The officer told me that in Nevada anytime people cross the street, even if it's not close to a sign all cars have to stop.

"You didn't have that in Indiana?" he said.

"No," I said.

This might not be true, but what is definitely true is that people in Indiana stop at red lights and stop signs and that's it.

Besides that, people are only cautious about running over leaf piles because people say one time someone somewhere ran over a leaf pile and a child was hiding in it.

People in Indiana aren't that scared of leaf piles, though, and really aren't even that afraid of red lights - especially red lights where they have to turn left.

No one in Indiana has time to wait through two red lights, of course. There are Applebee's restaurants to visit.


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• Contact reporter Dave Frank at or 881-1212.


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