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Phil Hunt, Published October 14 2010

Being too helpful puts kids at risk

Fargo is being too nice. Dangerously nice. I notice it almost daily when I walk my kid to school in the morning.

Nice people stop at green lights and through-intersections to let pedestrians cross the street.

Here’s the problem. Parents want their kids to stop, look both ways and wait for one of two things to occur: a light change or a safe opening from both directions.

If you stop for a child, he or she thinks it’s safe to cross. But traffic still flows from the other direction. It’s dangerous, and it slows down drivers behind you (not nice).

If you want to be kind, just drive on by and let me teach my kid how to safely cross the street.