This morning I was walking along through Newtown when I had the delightful joy of being an unwilling participant in almost getting by some wonderful person in an SUV due to their knowledge of how to drive because damn the rules that are there, they are above them and it’s unfortunate if anyone gets caught in the way.
It’s not the fault of the driver. The rules clearly do not apply to them. It’s the fault of the people following the rules and doing the right thing.
When I was walking, I was crossing on a zebra crossing. From the opposite side of the road running along the zebra crossing, a young person in an SUV came speeding along, crossed over a double line and then sped through the zebra crossing. They weren’t going at a speed that was significantly beyond the speed limit, but had they been going slightly faster, I would not be here writing about what had happened.
I’m not sure about the legalities of crossing a double line, but I do know that traffic has an obligation to stop when people are at a zebra crossing.
If this person had hit me, there’s a good chance that if they had been caught they would have done some serious damage to their lives. However, I’m sure that having some sort of consideration for their own damn future, as well as the person they could have hit is beneath them and we dirty pedestrians should just suck it up and deal with the fact that their stupidly over-sized car and their rampant idiocy is far more important than us.
If it seems like I’m angry, that would be because I am.
I don’t understand why people think they can break the law when they’re driving. Yes, some laws can be seen as silly, but regardless of how cynical you are toward them, they should still be followed. They’re not there for you to obey whenever you feel like it. You’re in something that can easily take people out. That’s a privilege, not a right. Stop treating it like a damn right. There’s a reason as to why there’s license tests.
Remember what you had to learn to get your license? Pay some bloody attention and stop being a reckless idiot.
I don’t know why that person thought it would be a good idea to not pay attention to their surroundings and speed across. I don’t need to know. A single person in an SUV speeding around an area with narrow roads, a bit of traffic and around the time where most people are heading to work is unlikely to have a good reason. The same applies for many people who think it’s a good idea to do things just as stupid around same time, such as get pissed off when they have to suddenly stop because you’re legally crossing and they weren’t paying attention.
There are bad pedestrians, but that doesn’t mean that drivers can start being assholes.
The time it took to write five-hundred words: 10:22:34
I’m glad that I haven’t been turned into roadkill, but I’m wondering as to how far away that is considering how many drivers I get to see that think increasing risk to everyone else is something that’s a good idea.