– What if I was walking on the crosswalk when that truck slammed at me first before the car?
– What if the Audi looked at the speeding truck and instead hit him instead of the other way around?
– What if lots of flying debris hit me as I was waiting at the crosswalk to turn green?
There were so many thoughts on my mind that I asked and imagined if I was on the driver seat and hit the same car… and if I hit a pedestrian in the process. I felt really hurt emotionally because that incident made me disturbed about why people, for the sake of saving time, zoom past traffic lights as if the road was a race track, and what the price of hitting someone’s car or a pedestrian is. It has really brought me home to understanding the true nature of drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists that I now take traffic safety more seriously and emphasize that there is more than just fast driving: there are the slow drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone who happens to be on the roadway. Right there and then have I realized the importance of my internship job: traffic safety should be the number one priority for road users, from pedestrians to drivers to cyclists, and I could not stress enough that for every accident, a life or two can be affected by it. The accident gave me an important lesson in life as well: use crosswalks safely and lessen one’s distraction by looking at the cars if they stop while they see a pedestrian cross the roadway.