Stating the obvious.

I know Nikkos will probably take issue with this but the city is considering issuing tickets for people crossing against the lights or not using crosswalks. I’m sick of that whole “pedestrians have the right of way no matter what” philosophy that seems to engender whole families of idiots strolling across uber-busy streets regardless of the heavy traffic flow and endangering themselves and everyone around them.

I once got into an argument with my girlfriend over whether pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way — even if they leap out into traffic after hiding crouched between two parked cars — and things got so heated we had to head to a local police station for the definitive answer.

The answer? Even in that situation the pedestrian has the right of way. That’s ridiculous!

The fact that we even need a law to bolster common sense is just as ridiculous but apparently we need the obvious stated to us.

8 Comments so far

  1. nikkos (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 11:40 am

    Sorry dude, I just can’t muster the outrage over this one.

    You’ll have to come up with another way to ring up some incendiary comments ;).


  2. Dave! (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 12:22 pm

    They have the right-of-way because they are on foot and you are puttin’ the pedal to the metal in a multi-ton death machine. But you should take solace in the fact that even if they have the right-of-way, if they decide to take you up on that show-down by running out into traffic, um, you’ll win, right-of-way or not.


  3. Moon (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

    Yeah, because pedestrians are the biggest problem on the roads, and they cause all the accidents.

    Maybe they could try giving some of the clown drivers who run red lights or park in the crosswalk a ticket, then maybe pedestrians would feel safer crossing with the light.

    Most people I see are crossing the street in the middle of the block so that they have a 100 yard headstart on the moron drivers trying to run them over.


  4. Alana (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 12:35 pm

    There is no law that trumps natural selection.
    :)


  5. steven (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 1:22 pm

    I vote Alana’s comment Best Comment of the Day.

    That said, why does the CPD continue to make fools of themselves by selectively “cracking down” on specific illegal behavior once every 3-4 months? Cracking down on laws they are supposed to be enforcing 24/7? I understand there are more important activities to crack down on, but instead of announcing renewed enforcement, why don’t they just start handing out tickets? Word will get around.

    Instead, they look like fools and lose credibility, because in time it goes back to the way it was, when they couldn’t give a damn.

    And where were they this morning when pedestrians were jumping across the street left and right in front of me in the rain? People, if you jump out in front of me while it’s rainy and dark, don’t be surprised if I don’t see you and run you down.


  6. ethan (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 1:52 pm

    Considering the amount of time i spend avoiding death-by-automobile while on my bike, I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy.

    Cars are just dangerous.


  7. tankboy (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 3:25 pm

    Personally I veiw bikes differently than I do pedestrians. The day I had to actually buy a car because I couldn’t bike to my new job was one of the saddest days of my life.

    Not to mention, cyclists know what they’re getting into and try to be absolutely aware of their surroundings while the average guy on foot WILL wander into traffic.


  8. nikkos (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 8:47 am

    “Jaywalkers safe as mayor backs off ticket plan”

    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-tix28.html



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