Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Open Season on Pedestrians
In the last number of days pedestrians are probably wondering if someone has not printed a target on their backs and declared open season on them.
I have no idea of the circumstances of all the car/pedestrians collisions in the last days. The police themselves have said that pedestrians need be mindful of cars but if we get right down to it, many drivers still drive too fast, are distracted and often display a lack of courtesy as well as a lack of knowledge when it comes to following the written and unwritten rules of the road.
Turn signals are not optional.
Headlights when there are blustery conditions with flying snow is not just a good idea, it can possibly save your life or someone else's.
Let traffic merge one car at a time when someone is stalled in a lane. Don't act like a donkey and squeeze people out thinking it is a game of "win or lose."
Stop swerving from lane to lane. You just end up at the same traffic signal of the grandma you thought you left in the dust.
Know who has the right of way when pulling up to a stop sign, yield or on a street that has parked cars. Yield does not mean merge. If cars are parked on the same side you are driving on, don't try to hog the center line and cause oncoming traffic to have to scream to a halt.
Watch for pedestrians. In all likelihood, you will probably be one at some point if you walk from your car to work, home or grocery store. Imagine how much it would suck if someone ran you over.
As for pedestrians:
Assume that every car out there can end your life. Act accordingly.