Comment 80946

By thrillhouse (registered) | Posted September 15, 2012 at 13:57:49 in reply to Comment 80908

A lot of the problem seems to arise due to an erroneous presumption that, if someone enters the roadway illegally, the driver is under no legal obligation to refrain from hitting them -- after all, that person shouldn't be there -- and that it is solely out of the goodness of their hearts that they slow down and avoid a collision.

This is, of course, absurd. But it does seem to explain a lot of passive-aggressive behaviour on the roads.

The weirdest instances I encounter are at four-way stops: a lot of drivers seem to think that they're under no obligation to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk on the far side of the intersection they're crossing. I've almost been hit a few times in this way by drivers I'm almost certain were looking directly at me, but who fail even to take their foot off the gas. On one occasion, I've even seen a driver honk at and swerve around a pedestrian crossing a road in this way. In broad daylight.

Comment edited by thrillhouse on 2012-09-15 14:00:55

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