Time was when I would be known to say something like this:
Quiz! It is okay to walk out in front of a moving car when:
a) you’re in a crosswalk
b) you have a WALK sign
c) you’re suddenly immune to steel and fiberglass smashing into your stupid self
because I live in a college town and have to deal with college students, all of whom ignore the walk signs. And I’ve griped and bitched about this, but I’ve come to a realization. It’s futile. I give up.
Why? Because it’s a lose-lose scenario for the person in the car. What am I gonna do, run over them if they cross against the signal? No, I’m not. That’s the truth of the matter. As much as I’d like to send their idiotic, self-absorbed selves careening off my bumper, it’s not going to happen, and they know it. It would damage my car, get me in trouble, and it would be just plain wrong, even if it IS just.
So I concede. Bring them on. Bring on the person who stops in the middle of the crosswalk to wait up for a friend. Bring on the girls hobbling along on their stupid 6"-soled shoes diagonally so as to increase the amount of time spent in the middle of the street. Bring on the guy who steps in front of your car as it is moving and then curses at you. I now understand they are all the Grand Poobah of the Universe and far more important than anyone else. Rules? Rules are for non-Poobahs.
So I humbly ask you, City Planners, can we drop the pretense? Remove the WALK/DON’T WALK signs? Why extend the charade? We can sell them to a town that hasn’t wised up to the futility yet. There’s no point in laws that are ignored, aren’t enforced, and don’t accomplish anything, especially once everyone is aware they’re ignored and unenforced. So scrap the DON’T WALK signs and I’ll just sit there quietly while hordes of students mosey along in front of my car.