antigee - Member
Anything to remove responsibility from drivers
despite sometimes choosing to wear reflective/high viz can't agree more - i hope to survive to the day when driving a vehicle in way that has no or only limited concern for pedestrians or cyclists is considered by the majority as anti-social - sadly today it is accepted as the norm - dressing kids in high viz and telling old folks not to cross the road because other folks have some far more important things to do seems very odd
For starters, it's the responsibility of a pedestrian to look both ways, and only cross the road when it's clear to do so.
Walking out in front of a moving vehicle who has every right to be there, then complain because they get hit, because it's someone else's responsibility is just stupid.
The same with running or walking along narrow twisty country lanes in the dark; as a driver, I have every right to be able to drive along those lanes at a reasonable, legal speed, with respect to the prevailing conditions, but I can't be expected to assume there's going to be someone dressed head to foot in black in the middle of the road round any random corner.
It's the responsibility of a pedestrian to make themselves as visible as possible, and to get to one side when they hear or see a vehicle coming.
It's what I do, if I find myself on a narrow road after dark, although I always have a torch with me, if I hear a car, especially from behind, I get as far off the road as possible; I consider it my responsibility to do so for my own safety.
The last time was on the Fosseway, near Castle Combe, which is very steep and narrow, with vertical banks either side, so I had my little torch on strobe, pointing down and back. It's amazing how quickly a car slows up and pulls out, around you.