Look Both Ways...
I've been accused by at least one commentor of violating traffic laws by not stopping for pedestrians. Not sure if they were under the impression I don't stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, or what. I do stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. I just usually don't stop for pedestrians on the sidewalk waiting to cross in the crosswalk.
I am right, though, in that pedestrians don't always have the right of way. I've seen this mentioned at least one other time in the papers over the last two weeks. Now, it looks like the Eureka Police Department agrees with me that pedestrians are often responsible when there's a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident:
“In my experience, more often than not, when a pedestrian is involved in a traffic collision, the pedestrian is at fault,”. Eureka Police Officer, Gary Whitmer
Driving down Henderson Street in Eureka, just a couple blocks from the Eureka Mall. I notice a couple guys in the middle of the block- nowhere near the crosswalk- waiting to cross the street. I'm not gonna stop. Might cause an accident. They can wait for an opening in the traffic.
But not the guy on my right. Nope. He tries to be Mr. Courteous Driver and stops real fast to let the two guys cross. Damn! For a second I thought there was going to be an accident. Lucky he didn't get rear ended.
DON'T DO THAT, FOLKS!