When you live in the inner city like I do, you meet a lot of pedestrians who were never taught how to cross a street in their life. You see, these simple minded zilches can only understand simple minded concepts, and long after they’ve forgotten what they learned in grade school about crossing (look left, look right, then left again, and, if it’s all clear, cross), they adopt a more widely accepted philosophy of crossing the street (pedestrians have the right of way)
This blank statement, however, is cryptic and doesn’t explain how you should properly handle certain crossing situations. So, let’s elucidate this more clearly to the average dummy. Of course they will have some questions to ask when confronted with this less accepted yet more accurate concept.
This is correct for uncontrolled intersections, AKA intersections with no red lights but rather a stop sign one way. Once a pedestrian sets his/her foot in a crosswalk in an uncontrolled intersection, the driver must stop or risk being pulled over by a cop hiding in the bushes. However, in controlled intersections, AKA intersections with traffic signals, pedestrians should only cross when they see a green signal on the street parallel to their crossing. Some intersections make it even easier for you and put up a blinking sign that either says “WALK” or “DON’T WALK” and the two signals even have different colors so your stupid head can figure it out. Pedestrians should never cross when the sign says “DON’T WALK” or if there isn’t a pedestrian signal, follow the traffic signal, again, on the street parallel to the path you’re crossing, and if the light’s red, DO NOT CROSS. You can look up the North Carolina driver’s manual for confirmation. The NJ driver’s manual also alludes to it, although a little less clearly.
Yes it is true. Most pedestrians are convinced that there’s an invisible shield surrounding them that makes cars automatically slow down when they get in proximity. That they’re untouchable and no matter where they come from or where they try to dart out, the driver will always see them in time and never hit them, and if they do, it’s their fault for not seeing you jump out from behind a parked car at the last minute, and you can sue them for millions and millions of dollars and get paid. This is not true. The New Jersey Driver’s Manual clearly states that crossing the street is a shared responsibility between the driver and pedestrian. There is no single cause of an accident involving a pedestrian. If you think you are untouchable, and you can neglect observing the rules because you think “pedestrians have the right of way” covers all and any situations, then go ahead and risk looking like the vehicular manslaughter victims in some of the pictures in the horrors section of 4gifs.com.
NO, BITCH, it’s not. Have you been paying attention? Do you want to be flattened with a rolling wheel like a pressed penny? Do you understand it is a shared responsibility to keep pedestrians safe, and not one completely loaded on the driver?
Below is a common example of pedestrian negligence I’m sure everybody has encountered at least once in their lives because I have, many times, and I’m one of the youngest people on this board. Oh, btw, the thin orange lines protruding from the vehicle and the pedestrian designate their field of view.
You see, as a driver, people put the burden on you to make all the effort yourself in order to avoid an accident. This is true for any kind of driving situation, dealing with people in other cars, buses, bikes, you name it. When considering pedestrians however, this is a classic situation. I was actually generous to the pedestrians for noting the signals, because often I see people walk into the street staring at their shoes.
More lessons to come.
Edited by Raging Bull, 08 October 2009 - 09:12 PM.