Pedestrians really, really scare me
Re: You are causing me pedestrian paranoia, letter by Lynn Sassoon, Jan. 5.
Experience and too many close calls has taught me to consider and treat pedestrians, for their own protection, as an unaware, stupid and ignorant lot.
Whenever I am driving around, day or night, I easily observe more than one ignoramus stepping into traffic (not necessarily in front of me) without looking.
In a recent incident, approaching a crosswalk, I observed a pedestrian waiting for the light to change.
She was wearing one of those massive hooded, fur-trimmed parkas, the kind that impedes any kind of peripheral vision unless you turn your whole body.
It was a miserable night and so I was watching this threat carefully. The light changed and as anticipated, she immediately stepped off the curb without turning her body to check for oncoming traffic.
I was ready for this demonstration of insanity and was easily able to safely stop. I then got out of the car and yelled a few colourful words her way, as well as pointing out that she was stupid to have not checked for oncoming traffic before she placed herself in the kill zone.
Her typical, ignorant pedestrian response was to point to the sign that said all traffic must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
This pedestrian learned absolutely nothing, will probably die in a crosswalk and confirmed for me, once again that pedestrians are an unaware and inconsiderate lot.
It is mind boggling that many pedestrians obviously believe that a green light, a walk signal and three white lines on the road are all that are required for protection from a 3,000-pound car that is bearing down upon them under questionable control, on slippery streets.
And yet with pedestrian accidents on the increase, we are bombarded with more driver training programs designed to protect those idiots, who, according to Darwin, should be terminated in order to adjust and improve the gene pool.
Perhaps we need pedestrian training? When I was young, I was taught to stop, look and listen and never step into the path of any oncoming vehicle.
These lessons have served me well for many decades.
So, pedestrians, please watch out for yourselves, it may not be me who is coming down the road toward you.
I have confidence in my skills as a pedestrian, but I do feel very threatened as a concerned driver.
Robert A. King
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