The incident was reasonably fresh in my mind at noon Monday when I heard a woman’s heart-stopping shriek. There in a crosswalk just a few blocks east on Valencia, a woman driving a black Dodge Durango came within inches of a pedestrian headed back to work in City Hall. The Durango driver, a family of stick people pictured in her rear window, was nearly as frightened as the poor woman who had just cheated death in the crosswalk. Several moments later, the pedestrian was still shaking, unable to compose herself. Hopefully, the driver will think twice before zipping through a crosswalk – the trick might be to think of every pedestrian as someone with a few stick people of his or her own at home. I’m not saying I’d ever make driving-school valedictorian, but there’s something wrong with a driver who can’t check to see what’s ahead and sit long enough to let pedestrians pass. It’s basic civility. And yes, it goes two ways. Able-bodied walkers holding up traffic should put a little spring in their step, even if the law is on their side. That’s basic civility, too. Sad that this is a town where the City Hall has to spend money on a campaign to get drivers to pull over when a firetruck, with lights and siren, makes its way past. It’s a place where the only way to get people to stop for red lights is to snag their photos and fine them hundreds of dollars; a place where you take your life in your hands crossing the street with your baby or walking back to work after lunch. Poised at a green light Sunday afternoon to turn right, I waited for a few pedestrians to cross McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard. The guy on my tail in the giant pickup might not have seen them, and assumed I was engrossed on the phone or maybe fixing my makeup, so he blew his horn and waved his arms at me. In our path was a young mom and dad pushing a double stroller. I never got the sheepish “Sorry-I’m-an-idiot smile” from the pickup truck guy, who sped by me on screaming tires, only to end up my next-door neighbor at a red light a block later. I fought the urge to smirk … Can’t say I won that battle, but hey, just another day on the road in Santa Clarita, where drivers have got to be among the rudest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!