Monday, July 30, 2007

Pedestrians in Armour of God

"SPEED limits in some Brisbane CBD streets could be lowered to 40km/h after a spate of pedestrian accidents.

Brisbane City Council's civic cabinet as early as today will discuss changing speed limits after a report found more than 300 pedestrians were hit by cars between 2001 and June last year."

And I'm willing to bet that a fair percentage of those 300 pedestrians had the same attitude as a lot of the pedestrians out here in suburbia - they can walk where they like because nobody will deliberately run into them, and because if they are hit there's likely to be a juicy big lawsuit involved. It's the drivers' responsibility to look out for them, on roads, in carparks; or the driver could be financially ruined by a combination of greedy pedestrian and greedier legal system. Make the buggers go back to school and learn the "look right, look left, look right again - and cross only when it's safe" mantra that we had to. If you think that you can blithely walk out in front of my car and I will stop for you because I am full of the milk of human kindness, or scared you'll sue me penniless - you're wrong. I stop because you'd make a fugly hood ornament...

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