Quick and the dead

Smarten up people and stop yelling at drivers who squeal to a sudden halt because you didn’t look.

A vast majority of pedestrians in Qualicum Beach seem to have their own version of the Motor Vehicle Act when it comes to using Crosswalks.

The government approved Act reads:

A pedestrian must not leave a kerb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close it is impracticable for the driver to yield the right of way.

In Qualicum Beach it is the norm for people to simply walk out from the curb onto the crosswalk whether there is traffic approaching or not.

The expectation is that all drivers will be able to react and stop in time to avoid hitting the miscreants.

Pedestrians believe that they have the right of way and they do, but only when a vehicle has seen them, has stopped and they are actually on the crosswalk.

Even our young school-children are taught proper road crossing techniques of stopping and looking. Striding or shuffling onto a crosswalk without stopping, looking and if necessary waiting will surely result in two classes of pedestrians in the town of Qualicum Beach; The Quick and the Dead.

Smarten up people and stop yelling at drivers who squeal to a sudden halt because you didn’t look.

Bob Webber, Qualicum Beach