Comment 80908

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:13:31 in reply to Comment 80897

I don't think the intent is to authorize people to run out in front of cars and then hold the driver responsible.

The idea is that you are supposed to be driving properly - attentive and not distracted or angry. That allows for emergency action when required. The emergency can be a drunk on the wrong side of the highway, a person thrown out of a vehicle, a kid running out chasing a ball, a medical emergency where someone falls into the roadway ...

And yes even an idiot jaywalker, who should be stiffly fined for stepping out into traffic dangerously which endangers everyone, but does not absolve the driver of making every reasonable attempt to not run a person over.

All of these examples have happened in the GTA. An emergency action is not always possible, and the driver will not be held responsible if it was not possible, provided the driver was driving properly. In the video above the driver was not watching for pedestrians using the crosswalk.

Let's not twist and distort this beyond the common sense that applies here.

edit : forgot to add that there is a lot to be said for taking your foot off the gas once in a while and letting someone in even if they are momentarily in your way. you know, old fashioned courtesy. when reasonably and thoughtfully done it makes life for everyone in the city more relaxed and not such a death race. you live in a city. by definition there are going to be people of all kinds out and about. perhaps a rural setting might be more suitable for those who want to drive at 80kph all the time.

Comment edited by mikeonthemountain on 2012-09-13 11:20:47

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