Comment 118092

By ergopepsi (registered) | Posted May 02, 2016 at 08:41:23

"Don't rely solely on traffic signals or stop signs. Ensure that it is safe to cross the road before crossing" is probably some of the best advice police can provide. This is not 'victim blaming'. Don't get caught up in buzzwords as they can often cloud the reality that we all live with.

The most attentive and cautious drivers can make mistakes (or suffer a health emergency at the wheel) and when they do a red light/crosswalk/stop sign becomes meaningless. The one who pays for the honest mistake is the pedestrian or cyclist.

Just because it is the police ( I know I know, only uncool people listen to the cops ) giving the advice doesn't make it bad advice. Remember, these are the men and women who are first responders. They have, often horrible, first hand knowledge of what a traffic accident can do to a person and so have a vested interest in trying to prevent those accidents from happening.

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