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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:13 AM
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Poll question: If you live or work in a downtown metropolis, this poll is for you.
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 10:16 AM by Bertha Venation
I work in Washington, DC. I am finally getting used to the fact that most pedestrians ignore the law. I'd say 98% of pedestrians cross against the light if they think they can make it. And daily I see several people cross the street wherever they please, in traffic.

When I'm walking, it doesn't affect me. All I do is wonder about folks' sanity while they're rushing across the street and I'm standing there, waiting for the right of way. :shrug:

But when I'm driving (or riding in a cab) it scares the shit out of me. It's worst on Pennsylvania Ave. in SE Washington, where the people don't know what a crosswalk is, or what traffic lights & pedestrian signals mean. There, it's quite like a game of Frogger. I have seen people nearly hit more than once, and I have hit the horn and seen idiots jump out of their skin because they didn't see me -- or maybe thought I was farther away. I've also hit the brakes a couple of times to avoid hitting some jackass.

What's it like in your city?

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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:28 AM
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1. Frogger is a video game in which a frog tries to hop across
busy streets. When I play, he frequently gets squashed.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:37 AM
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2. I live just outside DC and there are some pedestrian with a death wish
Despite numerous accidents over peds being killed (usually their fault), people chose to just dart out wherever. There is one place I drive regularly which has a ped overpass, yet the lazy asses will jaywalk right under across 8 lanes. Nothing pisses me off more than seeing an adult with children in tow jaywalking. I see that was nothing short of child endangerment. I wish the police would enforce the pedestrian laws.
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American Tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:11 AM
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3. I wish I could say that I've never been guilty of this, but...
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:04 PM
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4. Jaywalking's legal in England
We can run across to our hearts' content.
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DeposeTheBoyKing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:19 PM
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5. I work in dahntahn Pittsburgh
From my observation, people generally play it pretty safe, but there are of course random risk takers.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:21 PM
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6. It's pretty safe in the Loop in Chicago.
Everyone obeys the lights...pedestrians and drivers alike here.

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