Use The Darn Crosswalk!

United States
March 3, 2009 11:25am CST
I'm waiting at my bus stop. Thirty feet to the left of me, the city put in a crosswalk, with traffic light above it that turns red every thirty seconds for twenty seconds, regardless if anyone is waiting to cross or not. This idiot instead runs out from in between parked cars into oncoming traffic to get to the bus stop. Cars had to slow down to not hit him. Can anyone defend his actions? If so, I want to know.
3 responses
• United States
3 Mar 09
We just had a 17 year old hit by two cars and killed. It was dark, rainy, poorly lit and she ran across the road between intersections. It's tragic, she was a beautiful girl. If she'd gone up to the cross walk, she'd be alive.
• United States
4 Mar 09
What a waste of life. I have the unique perspective of getting hit by a car (I was on the side of the road, not crossing it), and hitting someone (a kid darting out from between cars in the middle of the block). Fortunately, no one was killed in either incident. But I do have the screws in my knee and arthritis to remember the first accident, and the horroric flashbacks and 'what ifs' that run through my mind every once in a while from the second accident.
• United States
3 Mar 09
There's no reason for this at all. It'a almost like asking to be hurt or killed. In most places, people who do that are lucky if all that happens is a jaywalking ticket!
• United States
4 Mar 09
I know, right? I've never seen anybody ever get a jaywalking ticket. I thought it was just a thing in movies and tv shows. If metermaids could also start ticketing jaywalkers, maybe less people would get hurt.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Was he going to miss his bus? If so that may have been his motivation. We often have blinder on when faced with the necessity of instant action. Later he may realize what a poor decision that was.
• United States
3 Mar 09
No, he had about three minutes before the bus came. But you bring up an interesting point. This other guy is suing the city because he got ran over by a car while trying to get to the bus stop in time. He is suing because he said the city didn't have a cross walk close enough to the bus stop. In the end 'slow is fast', right?