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Would you stop for Mark Parton? [With poll]

By Leon Arundell - 5 March 2012 24

On Thursday 2CC’s Mark Parton argued that we police should not book drivers who fail to give way to pedestrians. He called it “common sense” for walkers to give way to drivers.

Do you agree with him?

Next time you see Mark Parton on a pedestrian crossing, will you:

A: stop to let him cross?

or

B: keep driving so that he can show his common sense and get out of your way?

If you see Mark Parton at a pedestrian crossing do you

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GardeningGirl 11:43 pm 12 Mar 12

Sandman said :

Alderney said :

Isn’t the principle similar to that on the water (which is power gives way to sail gives way to oar)?

How the hell do you make that comparison? The reasoning on the water is that power has more control than sail. Sailboats don’t have brakes where a powerboat can reverse the prop to slow down.

Common sense on the road would dictate that “If the other bastard is bigger than you and there’s a possibility he won’t stop, let him have right of way”. No point arguing semantics when you’ve been squished by an Action bus because you were busy changing songs on your iPod when you stepped off the curb.

Case in point for idiots in this city. I drive a reasonable sized van and a couple of weeks ago I was reversing out of a spot where turning around wasn’t an option. The van has LED reverse lights clearly visible as well as a pretty loud reversing buzzer and an additional rear facing driving light that activates with the reverse lights From previous experiences I was reversing pretty slowly and sure enough this moronic woman WITH HER KIDS steps off the footpath right behind me. Had it not been for the reversing camera with dash mounted screen those kids would have had a pretty rotten day.

That’s awful, not just the risk in that particular incident but what is the mother teaching the kids for the future, that they can do what they like and everyone will always watch out for them so nothing bad will ever happen? No wonder we have idiot drivers when we have idiot parents who don’t even teach their kids how to deal with traffic when they are at their most vulnerable, ie small pedestrians.

Sandman 9:41 pm 12 Mar 12

Alderney said :

Isn’t the principle similar to that on the water (which is power gives way to sail gives way to oar)?

How the hell do you make that comparison? The reasoning on the water is that power has more control than sail. Sailboats don’t have brakes where a powerboat can reverse the prop to slow down.

Common sense on the road would dictate that “If the other bastard is bigger than you and there’s a possibility he won’t stop, let him have right of way”. No point arguing semantics when you’ve been squished by an Action bus because you were busy changing songs on your iPod when you stepped off the curb.

Case in point for idiots in this city. I drive a reasonable sized van and a couple of weeks ago I was reversing out of a spot where turning around wasn’t an option. The van has LED reverse lights clearly visible as well as a pretty loud reversing buzzer and an additional rear facing driving light that activates with the reverse lights From previous experiences I was reversing pretty slowly and sure enough this moronic woman WITH HER KIDS steps off the footpath right behind me. Had it not been for the reversing camera with dash mounted screen those kids would have had a pretty rotten day.

Leon 11:17 pm 07 Mar 12

Apologies for the typo. I meant to delete the word “we.” I wasn’t trying to impersonate a police officer. Honest!

Aeek 11:49 pm 05 Mar 12

davo101 said :

236(1) A pedestrian must not cause a traffic hazard by moving into the path of a driver.

236(2) A pedestrian must not unreasonably obstruct the path of any driver or another pedestrian.

Read carefully. Move into, and unreasonably = if they are already there and have reason to be there, they aren’t committing an offence.
Also, driver is defined to include rider.

Additionally, them being in the wrong doesn’t absolve you of making a reasonable effort to avoid the collision.

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