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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Distracted Pedestrians

So - the light turned green for me and the walking man popped up for the young lady standing on the corner.  There she stood, right on the curb, eyes down and focused on her cell phone.  Okay, is she going to cross in front of me or isn't she?  What is she going to do?  What should I do?  The driver behind me is getting impatient and wondering why this old woman isn't getting out of his road. Ah...there it is.  Just as I get ready to make a move thinking she is going to remain on the curb she raises her eyes, sees the walking man and simply steps out in front of me.  Thank God I waited.  It's enough to give an old lady a heart attack.

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  1. Don't get me started, people no longer know how to cross the street safely. They assume and rely on drivers to be alert. Some drivers get distracted, may be drunk, or just stupid...the person crossing the street may have the right of way, but it his relatives that will collect on a law suit because they will lose against 4000 pounds of steel every time.

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    1. If you are a driver there is just too much to look out for these days...traffic before and behind and to the side, bikes, scooters for the disabled, walkers, emergency vehicles, road construction.....if just goes on and on. At some point you go into overload and something is going to be missed for sure.

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  2. Sadly I learnt about the flip side today. A friend is mourning. His niece was crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing. A garbage truck took the corner at speed and took her out. She lost a leg. He has been charged with dangerous driving - which alters nothing.

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  3. Walking man awakening a distracted pedestrian from her trance --you noticed everything and were alert for her probable dart into your path. You did everything right. This is why I'm suspicious of the new "driverless cars". They can't program your kind of intuition into piloting systems.

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    1. Well I'm hoping that you still need a drivers licence to use those cars and that you can over ride the system...sort of like the cruise control on some vehicles. We leave way too much to technology these days.

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  4. I see too much of this too often; pedestrians wandering aimlessly with eyes on their phones. It's only a matter of time before one steps into flowing traffic.
    And those driverless cars Geo. mentions are equally scary, because they can't see unforeseen situations as they happen.

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    1. No one looks up any more. They are all getting \tech neck'.

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  5. Oh my, it is good that someone was thinking, From being in a terrible accident, I know that just one second, one misstep, life can change forever. Thankfully, it was you at the light and not the impatient drivers behind you.

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    1. Yes, but, I' m getting older and one of these days my reflexes will let me down or I won't notice something. Dear God..if I hit someone I could never get behind the wheel again.

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  6. The phone glue is pervasive. Is that driver across from me coming straight through, or turning left, as I want to do on my side of the road. Grrrrrr.

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  7. Have you read the book Cell by Stephen King. People should be warned. I don't have a cell phone. Hubby does and never turns it on except when he needs it. Grandson is lost without his.

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    1. We have a little flip phone strictly for emergencies...it's never on either. Haven't read it......I have read a couple of his books and they totally freaked me out so I probably won't read Cell.

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