What to do with these sui­ci­dal pedes­tri­ans?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

WE ARE con­tin­u­ally hear­ing about se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents, of­ten in­volv­ing taxis, in which pas­sen­gers are se­ri­ously in­jured and killed. The car­nage is ter­ri­ble.

Driv­ers are ex­horted not to ex­ceed the speed lim­its. It’s ob­vi­ous that the faster you drive, the less time you will have to re­act and stop your ve­hi­cle.

What con­cerns me is the ex­tent to which driv­ers have to ac­com­mo­date pedes­tri­ans who be­have ir­re­spon­si­bly and dan­ger­ously. Here are two re­cent ex­am­ples that I ex­pe­ri­enced while driv­ing along sub­ur­ban roads where the speed limit is 60km/h.

In Table­view, as I was ap­proach­ing a pedes­trian cross­ing, a man de­cided to cross the road, with­out a look in ei­ther di­rec­tion to see if any traf­fic was ap­proach­ing. If I had been within 10m of the cross­ing, I can­not imag­ine any hope of my stop­ping in time.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, some­one who was ei­ther drunk, or un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, in­sisted on walk­ing through mov­ing traf­fic in Koe­berg Road, Brook­lyn.

Pedes­tri­ans are silly to be­lieve they have the right of way un­der any cir­cum­stances. What do you do in these sit­u­a­tions? A few decades ago in a north-west town in Bri­tain, a mid­dle-aged wo­man in­sisted that she could cross at will, what­ever the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion. She was even­tu­ally knocked down and killed. The in­quest de­cided that her in­ten­tion had been to com­mit sui­cide. THE CHI­NESE tell us who we can al­low into our coun­try (re­fer to the dither­ing sub­mis­sive­ness of our ANC govern­ment over the Dalai Lama saga) and tell us to go to hell when we ask for mercy for one of our cit­i­zens.

They are here to rape Africa.

The Chi­nese are rob­bing us of per­lemoen, rhino and ivory, among many other pre­cious re­sources. Wel­come, the New Colo­nial Masters.

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