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The only problem is that David's piece wasn't more pointed. The fundamental issue is that people don't take driving seriously enough to pay sufficient attention when driving their cars, and that law enforcement does not sufficiently enforce pedestrian safety laws to give drivers an expectation that they will receive a penalty when they drive badly.

All the discussion that revolves around the need for pedestrians to take all the responsibility for their safety misses the point that pedestrians include various vulnerable segments of the population (who have a right to use public sidewalks), and that the only only people on the road who are assumed to be competent enough to be responsible for their own behavior are the ones behind the wheel (who have been granted the privilege of driving by the state). The person operating the large, deadly moving object has a clear responsibility to operate it in a manner that is deferential to the safety of those around him--clearly higher than his need to play with his phone or shave or "space out". Until society starts holding people accountable for their behavior behind the wheel, we will continue to have an enormous number of automobile-related deaths, and road design won't really change that much.

by Mike on Dec 3, 2012 10:45 am • linkreport

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