pedestrian crossings:do filipino drivers and pedestrians understand its purpose?

Philippines
April 22, 2010 1:42am CST
Here in the philippines, crossing the streets is like playing a game of life and death. When it comes to traffic rules and regulations i do follow it by the book. People cross only on pedestrian lanes and cars slows down. That should be the case. But i have observed that people are the ones that stand still until the car passes through. Then what is the use of the pedestrian lane then? Should we just get rid of the lanes and let people cross wherever and whenever they like?
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• Philippines
22 Apr 10
I also follow the rules but you know as they say: 'rules are meant to be broken'. Sometimes people just don't think anymore as long as they get to where they're going. Especially those that're always on the hurry. They don't mind anymore that they're breaking the rules. They think that they can always get away from it that's why they do it.
• Philippines
22 Apr 10
Thank you for your insights. You are right people tends to be more selfish nowadays without thinking of the consequences. It only shows how we as human beings adopt the survival of the fitest theory of Darwin. Correct me if i am wrong.
@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
22 Apr 10
I don't know about you, but there are locations where I find it impractical to use the Pedestrian lane because they are more likely located in danger zones. I have seen Ped lanes here in our city which is slanted instead of straight and you have to walk a long way before you got there when the buildings are across each other and it's easy to just go straight (wanting to be away from the sun). Though generally I would follow the traffic rules.
• Philippines
22 Apr 10
You are correct. Poor judgement on the part of the authorities in placing the ped lanes on danger zones. we find ped lanes normally before crossings or traffic lights. The problem is that motorists don't give a care if there is a pedestrian crossing the lane.