QotD: Pedestrians or Drivers?
Pedestrians: Use common sense; have some self-preservation!
Now the the weather is getting warmer, and more and more pedestrians are out (as well as drivers) – I figured it’d be a good time to bump this question from a few years back.
While I think everyone’s attention span has fallen across the board – I now, more than ever – believe pedestrians are to blame for their own demise most of the time. The lack of patience, understanding the risks, and a giant vat of “self-importance” leads to these ridiculous accidents more often than not. Sure double-parked cars, blocked intersections, texting all add to the mix… but just watch how many people reckless cross the streets next time you’re out, and you’ll agree.
Why so many pedestrian accidents?
One thing I’ve noticed since starting Hoboken411 forty months ago – is that my viewpoint about drivers and pedestrians has changed dramatically.
Who’s more “entitled?” Drivers or pedestrians?
I used to hear incidents on the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel – about pedestrians struck by autos all the time. And by witnessing the nutty drivers, I automatically assumed it was the drivers fault. But since I’ve been paying attention more closely to exactly what is happening, plus my own personal observations – that it is more often the pedestrian’s fault.
Let’s analyze for a minute…
- Everyone speeds. Whether it’s cars in a hurry to reach the high speed roads (or late, in a hurry, nervous) – or pedestrians that are rushing to the bus, path or taxi-stand – and joggers/runners working out – I’d think that aspect is a wash.
- We all understand physics. You and me walking can pretty much stop on a dime – within a few feet. Cars, on the other hand have a much heavier weight and a much longer stopping distance. In this case, the cars should be highly respected.
With that being said, pedestrians should NEVER assume right of way until they are certain the coast is clear. Any basic idiot would understand the factors involved.
Yet I see pedestrians of all shapes and sizes… With babies, carriages, dogs, alone – just mindlessly wander into intersections – where they are bonafide underdogs when it comes to the battle of flesh vs. steel. Where is self-preservation these days?
Without getting into this much more…
While our streets can get quite nutty – and drivers speed all the time – have you ever witnessed the arrogance amongst our pedestrians?