So many people are just so fucking stupid: Part 384293748392749823 in a series

There should be like a $5000 fine for jaywalking with a child in one's care. (Or an adult who has a guardian appointed.) I see people doing this just about every day. It's about one of the most irresponsible things a person can do, and it isn't like speeding or drifting in your lane or something where one can legitimately say that it happened accidentally. It isn't like you just space out for a second and look up and realize the place you're leading your child is the middle of the fucking road. And the fine should be doubled when the person towing the child or pushing a baby carriage outside the crosswalk (or against the light) glares at the cars that aren't stopping, as if there's some special law where you yield to people who are endangering their children.


4 comments:

Kosta said...

Actually, all the grumpy, self absorbed carbon wasting automobile addicts who think that the public realm exists solely for them to zip through at the highest speed possible are required by law to yield right of way to any pedestrian observed stepping off the curb into a non-signalized intersection or crosswalk.

Jaywalkers? Mow'em down, babe.

J. L. said...

Realsupergirl contends that those who jaywalk with children should lose custody of the endangered child

Anonymous said...

Maybe... ;-)

Then, again, the harumphing sounds an awful lot like the musings of someone who either lives in a very small town, where there are many crosswalks and/or a whole lotta free time; or someone who rarely walks anywhere, especially with a child.

When I see people jaywalking with children, I think of what a terrible example they're setting. I suppose some could argue that the best way to teach a child how to safely walk across a roadway where there is no crosswalk, is to demonstrate. I think it's naive to believe there are never any reasonable situations where teenagers & adults could safely cross a road at a point other than a designated crosswalk.

I live where the crosswalks are only at major intersections. To suggest I walk a half a kilometre past my destination, simply because I'm on the other side of the street, is, at best, laughable. Would I jaywalk across a high-speed motorway? Definitely not, since I understand that I can't correctly gauge the speed of the oncoming traffic, and have had enough close driving encounters with those who incorrectly believed they could. (Then again, pedestrians aren't permitted to walk along busy motorways. Thus negating the need to cross them.)

There are few black and white areas of life. Many communities don't have laws prohibiting jaywalking. Those that do, rarely enforce them, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the notion that jaywalking is only a problem when the person doing it, does so negligently. But, realistically, that describes much of life (guns, cars, dogs, swimming pools, trampolines, etc.)

You simply can't legislate common sense or courtesy.

eeka said...

Anon, thanks for your comment. Yes, I of course meant the people who are doing it negligently. Sure, I don't always cross at the crosswalk, but I cross quickly when jaywalking and wait until there's a big enough break that cars don't have to stop. I also look up, scan, make eye contact, and give a friendly wave if someone does slow down. I live and work in the city, where there are plenty of crosswalks. I'm talking about people who cross at a busy controlled intersection against the light, not looking up or scanning, and just expect that everyone will yield to them. I feel sad that people can't wait 30 seconds until the light changes to increase their child's safety (and yes, the example they're setting for their child).