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    Default What do you think - zebra crossing "abuse"?

    Recently a person was hit by a car on a zebra crossing in our local area.

    There was a conversation about it on facebook, one person using the incident as a timely reminder that drivers need to slow down and keep their eyes on the road. They also noted that they saw someone just a few days prior driving on that very same stretch of road texting on their mobile using both hands.

    Another person made a comment, stating that they see far more people abuse zebra crossings than they see using phones whilst driving.

    How does one "abuse a zebra crossing"? What do you think he's talking about?

    Has this person engaged in a subtle form of victim blaming?

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    Unless he means someone standing on the footpath, yelling obscenities at the zebra crossing, I don't really get how one can abuse one. Pedestrians have right of way, the end.

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    I wouldn't even say that was subtle. Unless they are deliberately dawdling, or being stupid, there's no way to abuse it!

    It's there for pedestrians safety. People walk on it, cars have to stop. The end.

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    WTF, how can a zebra crossing be abused?? Have people been lying down on them or walking across them nude?! That's absurd. Drivers need to wake up and focus on the road.

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    The only thing i can think of are pedestrians running out without looking (tho still driver responsibility to stop) or people not getting off their bikes? But its just common sense for drivers to be cautious around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heids89 View Post
    The only thing i can think of are pedestrians running out without looking (tho still driver responsibility to stop) or people not getting off their bikes? But its just common sense for drivers to be cautious around them.
    I agree with this. There is a crossing near me that has a loading zone adjacent and often large vans or trucks park and it is impossible to see if someone is there waiting to cross. Of course I am always vigilant here but I can see how a driver could miss seeing someone. I get that it is the driver's responsibly but pedestrians also need to take care, that is wait for an oncoming car to stop rather than walking straight across simply because you have right of way.

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    I don't know if 'abuse' would be the word I'd use but it poops me to tears when people step out looking down on their phones from a busy footpath or from behind parked cars.

    Just because pedestrians have right of way doesn't mean they don't have a duty of care for their own safety.

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    We had a similar incident near my old work, and a similar claim that the pedestrian was at fault (how I don't know). I used to cross there twice a day, and once a day I would have a car almost hit me. Every day. I was careful. I stopped and checked before I crossed, and I power walk everywhere, so it isn't as though I dawdle. I didn't know the person who was hit, so couldn't say if they did the same as I did, but that crossing was notorious for accidents/near accidents. Drivers often just didn't look at that crossing. The ones who slowed, and then suddenly sped up while you were on the crossing were just dangerous.

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    This reminds me the other day I got pi55ed at dh. He didn't even look when crossing with our ds in the pram. He brushed it off and said that the car should stop blah blah blah when I got angry at him. I pointed out that there are plenty of idiots in the world and I didn't want him getting ds killed because he wanted to be "right".

    I always look and wait for cars to stop before crossing. I can't say I've seen many people "abuse" zebra crossings but I certainly have in other parts of the road - I remember almost hitting a cyclist who didn't give way to me when they turned left out of a side street in front of me. They didn't even look!
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