November 20th, 2011
It amazes me how many people driving do illegal or stupid things. I'm a very defensive driver, and it's saved me repeatedly.
Last night, I was sitting at a stop light while en route home for the evening, when a van started into a left turn in front of me. However, there was a bicyclist riding across the street into the turning van. Clearly, from a legal standpoint, it was the van driver's fault, but here's the stupidity: the bicyclist was riding in the dark without a light, reflectors, and wearing dark clothing. I could barely see him, and I bet the van didn't. There was no collision, but it was a close call.
Then, two blocks farther on, I see a young woman jogging with her dog. Woman is wearing black sport pants, and a medium blue or gray sport top. No light colors, no reflectors. Dog is black or dark brown...but the DOG has a blinking red light on the collar! Nice! So if the jogger gets hit by a car, the dog will survive...or if a driver swerves to miss the dog, they won't see the jogger. Very nice...
During the same fifteen minute drive, I saw two people run stop signs, and one not stop while turning right on a red light. I wonder how anyone survives?
Even if they had no light clothing, they should at least have had some reflective tape. That's not only taking your life into your own hands, that's flirting with danger. Death wish, much?
I admit to running in dark clothing, but only when I'm running off-road - like the Rose Bowl or a track or on sidewalks well-removed from the street. If I will be running in the street at all, I must be wearing at least a white shirt. My shoes are reflective. If I'm running mostly in the street, I have a reflective vest and headlamp.
The thing that sucks is even if you are FULLY visible, or running in the daytime, you still will nearly get run over. I've needed to jump out of the way at an intersection more times than I can count. You always need to be engaged with your surroundings - and there are people I encounter whose headphones I can hear - which means they have no idea what's going on.
Hey, man, chillax. Was even one of them listening to music with headphones? Jeesh. Cranky, dude.
How could I tell in the dark, really?
I know. Hey, as a kid, I was trying to walk in a cross walk with my bicycle with the light, and a lady turning right knocked me down and crushed my bike. If it weren't for a hitchhiker running up and pulling me out from under her, she'd have killed me as well.
|Date:||November 20th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)|| |
The level of idiocy that humanity manages to reach boggles my common sense.
There is no cure for stupid.
I don't know. It almost seems like there's a special breeding program for it.
|Date:||November 20th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)|| |
When I was learning to drive, I was taking a left turn for maybe the second time. It was on a quiet sidestreet in Mar Vista into a little cul de sac. I checked my mirrors, turned on the blinker, checked my mirrors again ... and saw a woman behind me pull out on my left side to get around me. Thank god for her I was being taught to drive defensively and checked my mirrors enough to see what she was doing.
Don't worry, she's special. She gets to ignore the laws of the road because her time is more important than yours.
|Date:||November 21st, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)|| |
She was in far more of a hurry and besides, I was just a learner, what did I know? Doing something totally unexpected and illegal around someone driving several tons of metal for the first time is a great idea!
There is much stupidity in the world, indeed.
|Date:||November 21st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)|| |
There really, really is. :c
We must stand up and fight against it!