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From: ikkleblacktruck Date: November 21st, 2007 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Tut tut, don't you know pedestrians come first and everyone else is expected to be able to miraculously stop whether they are aware of you or not?

It's a radical idea, I know, but perhaps if more emphasis was placed on educating pedestrians on proper road use rather than blaming motorists, even less accidents might occur? I haven't even seen the hedgehogs on tv for ages.
okstoplaughing From: okstoplaughing Date: November 25th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

absolutely correct

pedestrians = best assumed stupid / drunk / mad / asleep and squishy

motorists = in control of potentially lethal device and armoured

therefore the onus is on the motorist to take additional care over and above what is reasonable.

you can educate people on safe machine-tool use, but you still need to put guards on lathes for the one day a usually competent operator forgets their brain. Because that's the day the accident will happen. So educating peds won't make much difference (speaking as one who's caused an RTA and is reasonably educated in road use)

If I as a motorist / cyclist hit a ped, it's the same as me as a motorist / cyclist running into the back end of a car - I'm at fault for not realising how stupid people can be. Maybe not 'fair', but my fault.
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