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Joyce Coomer: Puts onus of responsibility on pedestrians

'Crosswalks are not a solid barrier. The most careful of drivers can have an attention lapse or a sudden medical problem. A brand new vehicle can have unforeseen mechanical failure.' - Joyce Coomer. (Note: Joyce Coomer is right on shared responsibility. But nobody has said, to our knowledge, that well marked crosswalks are a 'physical' barrier, but they are sure working spendidly as psychological barriers. Nor has anyone else, that we've heard of, claimed that pedestrian responsibility for safety is mutually exclusive of having better signage, more responsibility for by drivers. - EW)
Click on headline for complete commentary by Joyce Coomer.
Click here for the item citing Kentucky Statute on subject, Writer: Onus of responsibility, vehicles v pedestrian, is on driver

By Joyce Coomer
Personal commentary of the writer

Shouldn't pedestrians be doing what I was taught to do when I was small child?


I was taught that whenever I was crossing any thoroughfare, no matter the size, no matter if it was in the country, in a town or in a city, that the first thing I was to do was STOP before I stepped into a roadway. After stopping, I was to look both ways, at least twice. When I determined that it was safe for me to step into the roadway, I was to continue to look both ways while crossing, in case there was an inattentive or careless driver on the road. (We were shown movies about this in grade school, at a time when delineated crosswalks were rare in towns this size.)

I was also taught to watch vehicles that had stopped (to allow me to cross the street) for any sudden movement because the driver could have a heart attack or stroke, their foot could slip off the brake or clutch pedal(s), or there could be mechanical failure of some kind with the vehicle. (Brakes can fail, gas feeds can stick . . . )

I was taught that when walking where sidewalks were nonexistent to always walk facing oncoming traffic and to, once again, pay close attention to the oncoming vehicles. If I needed to cross the road to do this, once again, STOP and look both ways at least twice BEFORE stepping into a traffic lane.

Crosswalks are not a solid barrier. The most careful of drivers can have an attention lapse or a sudden medical problem. A brand new vehicle can have unforeseen mechanical failure.

When I am walking, I rely on myself for my personal safety, not someone else.

- Joyce M. Coomer


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