Begin of rage.
I am getting fed up with this. Can’t I take Mel the Collie for a walk early in the morning without the risk of us both being run over by barely awake motorists who rush through red lights?
Six days ago, I was so angry at a van hurtling out of Ludlow towards Hereford, I raged on Facebook. That was before seven in the morning. Today, around 7.45am, a black Ka did just the same. The driver sped from Sheet Road hooking right to the A49 to Hereford.
At that point, there is a lights controlled pedestrian crossing. You can’t miss it and the lights don’t change quickly. But the driver sped through three or four seconds after the green cross light was showing not noticing either of us.
Mel is good at crossing roads. But if I make a misjudgement and say “cross”, she will obey command before sense. So it’s my rule that I won’t leave the pavement until the traffic has stopped because of the idiots from Ludlow that drive when asleep.
You can’t miss the two of us. I wear a huge hivis jacket and Mel has day-glo strips. We both carry torches if it is dark.
This wasn’t the end of our misadventures this morning. A couple of minutes later, we crossed Sheet Road on the Zebra by the Co-op. The walk to the pedestrian island was fine. But a driver speeding up Sheet Road with nose glued to the windscreen shot across the other side of the crossing without even seeing us.
These incidents are frequent – hence the huge caution I use when walking Mel. I know other people have had incidents crossing these roads. But why should pedestrians have to exercise extra caution when motorists won’t even obey the laws of the road?
This is my plea to Ludlow drivers. Wake up before you drive. Allow a few more minutes to get work. And above all open your eyes before you get in your car.
End of rage.