Pedestrian Death Wish?
Pedestrian Death Wish in Hoboken?
Every time we take the car out in Hoboken – the pedestrian calamity is worsening.
There is no better phrase for this than “Pedestrian Death Wish.”
As the pocket communicator / “smart phone” virus continues to eat away at human common sense – the number of entitled (and over-confident) pedestrians crossing the street grows.
What ever happened to (temporarily) STOPPING at the intersection, assessing the traffic situation, then proceeding when safe?
No one “waits” for a second anymore
NO! I continually observe pedestrians of all kinds (mostly on the younger side) walk along the sidewalk – and DON’T PAUSE FOR A SECOND – as they begin the journey across the street.
Zero awareness whether the car coming has a stop sign, or the RIGHT OF WAY.
You see, cars, bikes and pedestrians are supposed to live in a “give and take” world. Even though the stupid “law” says that cars should stop when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk, doesn’t mean that you should FORCE an oncoming car to stop when they’re 10 feet from passing. Smarter (older) pedestrians understand this – and don’t fret when they allow one or two cars to pass before crossing. That’s just courteous and sane.
It’s a statistical guarantee that pedestrians will regularly get struck because of both their arrogance, and the likelihood that the driver might not see them.
For your own good – remember the days of “car always beats pedestrian.”