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  •  So slow down and look for people. (0+ / 0-)

    Pedestrians rarely come out of nowhere. Drivers, on the other hand, frequently charge through intersections and crosswalks completely heedless of anyone who may be on foot. Slow down and look for others.

    Where was Jeff Gannon on Pretzel Day?

    by Sam Berdoux on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 11:38:10 AM PDT

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    •  I am a very careful driver (0+ / 0-)

      Knock on wood, ZERO tickets, ZERO at-fault accidents. Ask any of my friends, they'll tell you I'm the most careful driver out of all of them by a very wide margin.

      And I don't mean just zero points on my license or zero tickets that stuck. I mean I have never even been issued a ticket, not even as a teenager.

      And I'm thirty years old, and have been driving for fourteen.

      I've only been in ONE accident, and for that one I was sitting still at a red stoplight when I got rear-ended. Naturally, I was NOT ticketed. (Side note: The guy that hit me was a teenager, and I honestly don't blame him a bit. The weather was god-awful, some of the worst I've ever seen, and the road super-slick. He was moving slow and STILL slid out of control it was so bad. I harbor no ill will, and the impact was only a few MPH. Only my bumper got damaged, no worries.)

      And pedestrians DO appear out of nowhere. Try driving in downtown Chicago sometime. I try to stay in slower lanes because I'm not a fast driver. Of course, this means that I have to be extra-careful when passing any larger vehicle (I drive a compact car) parked on the side. Any vehicle large enough to obscure an adult pedestrian (read: most any SUV) is one they're likely to decide to emerge from behind, without even slowing down.

      It's the worst in the Loop itself. I can remember driving down next to the Sears Tower, and the pedestrians there would manage to jaywalk at INTERSECTIONS. How? Well, the light is green for me, would be green for quite some time to come, and they still cross anyway. Despite having the "do not cross" light on for them.

      Despite the fact that I'm coming at them in my car. My BLUE, daytime-running-lights-equipped car. In which I then get stuck in the middle of the intersection, honking like crazy so I can try and fail to be able to proceed.

      Through the STILL green light.

      And when I honk? They don't rush back to where they were or even just stop where they are to let me through.

      They speed up to try to get across.

      I have to creep up to the edge of the crossing and honk THERE to get them to stop, and then proceed through the again STILL green light.

      Yes, there are pedestrians out there that do incredibly stupid things. It's not the car driver that's always at fault, but I'm willing to bet it would be hard to convince a judge or jury of that fact.

      In theory at least, this is why they have jaywalking laws. I rather wish they'd be enforced more.

      As I said, going to court for a jaywalking ticket is a lot less painful than going to the Newtonian court of law and paying the penalty for an 'F = ma' ticket.

      The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein.

      by Cvstos on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:08:06 AM PDT

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      •  I had a similar accident (0+ / 0-)

        Stopped at a red light a woman slammed into me pushed
        me in a Aveo half way through the intersection.   Neck injury which is aching now.  Restarting physical therapy
        and fighting their insurance.  
          I paint for a living so it aggravates it.  And i just now got a mri. which indeed shows a messed up neck.  

        Politics is a contact sport

        by boudi08 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:13:02 AM PDT

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