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    Stwriley, snazzzybird

    I work in a Northern California suburb that is crisscrossed by "city streets" that function more like major expressways. I like to get out of the office and walk somewhere for lunch, so I have to cross at least one of these 40+ MPH rivers of death each day.

    The problem now is that traffic is moving so fast that people waiting to make a right turn are deathly afraid of getting by hit a car coming from the left. So, they have learned to wait until the "walk" signal comes on to let them know that it is safe to turn onto the expressway. They generally do not feel any obligation to wait for me, even when they have taken the time to look for me in the first place. By the time all of them are through, the "don't walk" signal is usually flashing. So if I wait until there are no cars to step off the curb, am I jaywalking? According to the law I am, even if the light is still green.

    I never step off the curb at a crosswalk until I have the light, yet I rarely make it to lunch and back without having to jump back from a car. It is far, far safer to walk to the middle of the block, wait for a big gap in traffic, and sprint across than it is to use the crosswalk. I guess this would be First Degree jaywalking, but it really is safer, especially on those streets that have a landscaped median separating the lanes. So please don't tell me not to jaywalk as long as drivers fail to yield to pedestrians with such impunity. I will do it because it is a rational choice.

    Where was Jeff Gannon on Pretzel Day?

    by Sam Berdoux on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:21:23 PM PDT

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