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There are two ads that play in the Whitehall terminal, about driver safety, specifically looking out for pedestrians. In one, a car hits a man crossing the street because the driver was busy texting, and in the other it hits a small child because the driver was speeding and didn't stop at the light.

Every time I see those ads, I get so annoyed. I don't want to blame the victim, but I just can't figure it out - who the hell are these people who step into the street without looking? Sure, as a pedestrian you have the right of way, especially when you've got the light, but I've never actually met the person who was willing to die to prove the point.

And that's what the ads show. The light changes, and immediately the pedestrian is in the crosswalk, heedless of the fact that there is a car barreling towards them. I know looking doesn't prevent car crashes in and of itself, but in the ad, they don't even check!

It just seems to me that if you're about to tell drivers "fuck it, pay attention" it'll work better if the pedestrians aren't completely inept at the simple task of walking from here to there. I pay more attention when crossing my kitchen!

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Date: 2017-08-03 08:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Tangential to your comment on crossing the street: As someone who is physiologically, neurologically poor at judging distances, and also has not-great peripheral vision, I can look around me three or four times and still not *see* a car, or mis-perceive it as moving away from me. Which means I wait for very long breaks in traffic and/or a traffic light where I can see the *stopped* cars; or I ask a trusted loved one to let me just follow them instead, which only works if they are okay watching out for both of us.

Date: 2017-08-03 10:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] plicease
As a driver in Maryland this is not my experience at all. I have to break to avoid pedestrians who do not bother to look, or forget to look in both directions far too frequently!

Date: 2017-08-03 02:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pauraque
Unfortunately it happens. A few years ago there was a terrible accident right outside my then-workplace where a pedestrian was killed by an oncoming car. According to all the witnesses she just darted out into the street without looking, not even at a crosswalk or corner. People did this quite a bit because it was a very long block and they wanted to take a "shortcut" to the shops across the street rather than go the long way around to cross where they should. For a while afterward they had a police officer stationed at all times on our block to cite people who were jaywalking or crossing against the light.

Also: Kids. When my stepson was little I often had to physically grab him to stop him from simply walking into the street without checking for cars while I was walking him to school.

Date: 2017-08-03 05:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flexagon
"Two degrees of warming already baked in"... SO TO SPEAK.

Date: 2017-08-03 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zesty_pinto
Personally, I think those ads reflect Cuomo's agenda of caring only about driving infrastructure rather than commuting and mass transit. There's also that Adam Ruins Everything episode about the history of "jaywalking" that I think is reminding us it's still there...

The article on farmer suicides reminds me of one take about how climate change is encouraging refugees since the arable land is decreasing to such a degree.

White collar crime pisses me off for the same reason as that article you shared, by the way. I honestly wish there were organizations that had the manpower and resources to chase down these "screw the long term" idiots who ruin the financial infrastructure so they can come out of it with millions.

Date: 2017-08-03 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zesty_pinto
While I'm at it, I always thought that if I ever wanted to start a band, I think those ads remind me that I would call our group "Suspicious Package." And yes, our outfits would include a slot to hold cucumbers in our crotches (even for any women in the group).

Date: 2017-08-03 06:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zesty_pinto
I suppose it can depend, I'm not familiar with the ads themselves, only that the MTA is funded by the state rather than the city and this feels more in line with their thinking. I'm okay with being wrong with this too, just find it corroborating oddly well.

Date: 2017-08-03 06:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zesty_pinto
Ah, got it. In that case no clue what their thinking is.

Date: 2017-08-07 06:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Where do those pedestrians come from? Two answers (there are doubtless others):

1) People who are focused on their cellphones. There's at least one documented instance of a guy who was so intent on his conversation that he walked around a lowered light-rail barrier and onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train, with predictable results.

2) Seattle, where the "pedestrians have the right of way" ordinance is absolute. I was on vacation there a few years ago and observed this behavior repeatedly, and it freaked me out for exactly the reasons you state. Ever since then, I've wondered how many Seattleites move to other cities and become pedestrian traffic casualties due to never having developed those reflexes.

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