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How stupid do you have to be? [Sep. 1st, 2010|10:31 pm]
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10 pm A black person, in dark clothes, pushing a navy blue baby carriage with a toddler in it. Also wearing dark clothes.

ON THE STREET.

Not a residential street. A major four-lane thoroughfare. With sidewalks.

If the baby hadn't kicked out so that i saw the white bottom of his shoe, i never would have noticed them there. Neither would the guy who panic-swerved to the inside lane and almost hit me.

Still shaking? Yeah, a little.

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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2010-09-02 02:37 am (UTC)
Sounds like a Darwin Award waiting to happen.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 02:42 am (UTC)
Seriously.
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[User Picture]From: 28bytes
2010-09-02 03:05 am (UTC)
That happens frighteningly often around here too. I don't know if the most recent person I almost ran over was black or white, because he or she was wearing a black hoodie, at around 11 PM on an unlit street.

The only thing they were wearing that wasn't black was the white shoes, which is how I noticed them at all. Thank goodness I saw those in time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 11:58 am (UTC)
It's terrifying.
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[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2010-09-02 03:57 am (UTC)
That happens all the time here. Granted, I live on a residential street, but that just means people think they can walk in the middle of the road instead of on the side.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 11:59 am (UTC)
People are crazy.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2010-09-02 11:40 am (UTC)
How terrifying!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 12:08 pm (UTC)
It was.
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[User Picture]From: roadnotes
2010-09-02 11:48 am (UTC)
We usually don't get them walking on the street, but jaywalking across, or occasionally biking in all black on black bikes with no reflectors (there was one of those in the street as Soren and I came home a few nights ago). That's one of the reasons at least one thing I wear or carry is bright/reflective.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 12:09 pm (UTC)
I just hope s/he made it safely to the intended destination.
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[User Picture]From: daghain
2010-09-02 12:46 pm (UTC)
My cousin, in a similar situation (sans baby carriage), hit and killed a woman. The police found him blameless and the civil suit went nowhere, but it destroyed him inside.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-09-02 04:47 pm (UTC)
in high school, one of my friends hit and killed another of my friends. A was driving and B was walking. B was on the wrong side of the road to begin with and walking around a nearly blind corner; it was dark; and he was wearing dark clothes. A is still messed up over this, and this happened 23 years ago now; he was only 16 at the time.
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[User Picture]From: smallekins
2010-09-02 12:59 pm (UTC)
The panic swerve that just misses you... always a favorite. Did you feel like you'd spent a session in Count Rugen's machine after that?

"As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old. Really that's all this is except that instead of sucking water, I'm sucking life. I've just sucked one year of your life away. I might one day go as high as five, but I really don't know what that would do to you. So, let's just start with what we have. What did this do to you? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity so be honest. How do you feel?"

Be at peace, and I hope some e-hugs can restore that year of your life that may have gotten frightened out of you. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's pretty much how I felt! Great comparison. And thanks!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-09-02 01:04 pm (UTC)
I live a few blocks from a train station and have many times seen people in dark clothes stroll across to the other sidewalk, just apparently assuming since they can see me, that I can see them as well. I have on occasion (if there were no cars behind me) pulled over and said "I almost hit you, because you're dressed in black and hard to see!"

After one such close encounter, I bought blinky lights that attach to clothing and/or backpack for each of my kids, who used the same train station and liked to dresss in dark clothes.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 05:01 pm (UTC)
I bet you did. That's always terrifying.
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[User Picture]From: quizzicalsphinx
2010-09-02 01:11 pm (UTC)
This also goes for dude in black hoodie and black jeans at night on a black bicycle with no reflectors. You, sir, are a shadow that clicks.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 05:02 pm (UTC)
Definitely. If I have to ride after dark, I do so slowly and on the sidewalk. Since I have no lights, I have no business on the street.
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[User Picture]From: docstrange
2010-09-02 02:39 pm (UTC)
I think you need to drive more slowly given the conditions. For example, at night along a road through the woods, someone in a full ghillie suit could encounter a skunk and need to run immediately to the other side of the road, right into your path. I also suggest you have someone walk before your vehicle with a red and green lantern indicating the vehicle's direction of travel while they call out, "Car coming! Car coming!" every 30 seconds. It is only fair to the vulnerable.

Or perhaps you could drive within the posted limit with headlights on while keeping a reasonable eye out. Dunno. Your call.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-09-02 04:49 pm (UTC)
It used to be the law waaaaaaaaaaay back when cars first came out - I want to say in Connecticut - that a man walk in front of a car with a woman driver. He was to carry a lantern and pretty much do as you said above. I lol'd when I read this law the first time.
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2010-09-02 03:28 pm (UTC)
Also, people who cross the street after dark need to be aware that when a person is between my lights and the lights of a car coming toward me, they disappear. Especially if they have on dark clothes.

Very dangerous in the late fall, when kids are walking to school before it gets light.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm always amazed by the people who don't seem to consider the simple physics that cars take time to stop.
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[User Picture]From: kythsharrie
2010-09-02 03:36 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of the time when my mom, my little brother and I were driving home one night. It wasn't like uber dark--there were street lights and everything. We had the green light so my mom went the speed limit and just as we were about to cross an intersection, this guy comes out of nowhere, dressed in all dark clothes and riding an equally dark bicycle--with no reflectors. If we hadn't caught a glimpse of his fair skin we would've hit him. And it would've been his fault, especially as we had right of way and he was failing the laws of the road by not having reflectors and brights on.

I swear, some people. Yeesh.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-02 05:20 pm (UTC)
It definitely causes an adrenaline rush. Oi.
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2010-09-04 07:15 pm (UTC)
This would tell me one thing if I didn't already know.

You don't live in Lake Charles.

Seriously, every night, there are idiotic black people, out at night, wearing black clothes, walking in the streets. There are even idiots with the children, on black bikes with no reflectors, etc. etc.

There are idiots that play baThis would tell me one thing if I didn't already know.

You don't live in Lake Charles.

Seriously, every night, there are idiotic black people, out at night, wearing black clothes, walking in the streets. There ardon't they see it? the people making these "rockets"? hmm. whoops. just caught a really bad typo. used a c instead of an r for rockets. i think that will be my new word for those. be even idiots with the children, on black bikes with no reflectors, etc. etc.

There are idiots that play basketball in the street at nighti

There are idiots that just WATCH their children play in the street.

I'm not kidding.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-05 12:10 am (UTC)
That's pretty crazy.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-09-04 10:28 pm (UTC)
i have one more thing to say about this. from today's local paper:

http://www.kentucky.com/2010/09/04/1420677/teen-sitting-in-road-dies-after.html#none
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-05 12:11 am (UTC)
That's basically suicidal, no matter what you're wearing.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-09-05 09:08 pm (UTC)
HA look what i found: lexington, ky:

189.570 Pedestrians.

...

(6) (a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.


(9) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

(12) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(13) Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(14) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking on or along a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way roadway shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.
(15) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway
.

Effective: June 17, 1978
History: Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 46, sec. 8, effective June 17, 1978. -- Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. secs. 2739g-69q to 2739g-69v.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-05 11:57 pm (UTC)
Pretty close to Ohio's law. I imagine it's kind of a standard one.

Plus, you know, common sense?
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