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PostPosted: 27-01-2014 23:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something like that happened near me a few years ago.

I drove up to a zebra crossing to turn left down a side street, and in the dim lighting I saw someone standing there, waiting to cross.

So I pulled up and sat there patiently waiting for the person to cross, with my left indicator flashing.

As this person (a woman with a pushchair) was halfway across, the dickhead in the car behind me overtook, and saw the woman right at the last moment.

Fortunately, he stopped in time - with a yard to spare.

A few days shortly after this event, I noticed that the council had replaced the belisha beacons with new ones that had white lights down the sides, making it easier to see pedestrians at the crossing. Perhaps this woman had made a complaint to the council about the dim lighting at the crossing?
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 10:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

A week or two ago I pulled over on a busyish road to give way to an approaching ambulance. You couldn't miss it, with the full blues'n'twos, and I kept my indicator on, but some silly sod still dodged round me and nearly collided with it. The tosser.

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A few days shortly after this event, I noticed that the council had replaced the belisha beacons with new ones that had white lights down the sides, making it easier to see pedestrians at the crossing. Perhaps this woman had made a complaint to the council about the dim lighting at the crossing?


I'm not sure that could've been sorted in just a few days. A few years, p'raps. Laughing

Pedestrians and cyclists're just seen as a nuisance by road planners round here.

Years ago a new road was built through the middle of town, crossing another main road at a new roundabout. It was the busiest junction for miles and pedestrians had to get across it to reach the town centre. As it had no pedestrian crossings this could be hair-raising.

As I had young children at the time and found the roundabout hard to negotiate, I wrote to the local newspaper about it, challenging local councillors to walk it with me and a pushchair.
None of them took me up but crossings were installed within about 18 months.

I like to think this was down to me. Cool

Today we have the exact same problem again a quarter of a mile away, where the new retail park leads onto another roundabout with no pedestrian crossings. There're also cycle lanes which end and restart at the roundabout so that cyclists are trying to cross the road-ends with pedestrians. Chaos. Evil or Very Mad

I use that road and roundabout at all hours of the day and night, in cars and on bikes and on foot - it's on my route to work and I do shifts - and every day I see near-misses. A couple of years ago I was knocked off my bike there. Someone'll be killed soon.
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 10:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:


As this person (a woman with a pushchair) was halfway across, the dickhead in the car behind me overtook, and saw the woman right at the last moment


The way I see it, being able to look ahead, plan and predict obstacles is an integral part of good driving. If this pillock didn't see the pedestrian, AND didn't think to question why you were stationary, then TBH he doesn't deserve to be behind the wheel. Bad lighting no excuse whatsoever.

I've had plenty of very similar situations; frighteningly there are a lot of them on the roads.Sad
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 21:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

drbastard wrote:
I've had plenty of very similar situations; frighteningly there are a lot of them on the roads.Sad


Seriously, I think there needs to be a minimum intelligence requirement for being allowed to drive. Too many non-thinkers on the road.
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 23:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Non-thinkers who have the temerity to flick the V's at the victim that they nearly run over, like they have done something wrong. I wish, just once, that a police car was behind them.
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PostPosted: 28-01-2014 23:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wish, just once, that a police car was behind them.
That's always my wish too.
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 12:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wish, just once, that a police car was behind them.
That's always my wish too.


I dunno I always wish my car would transform into a giant robot so I could pick the car up and crush it between my pneumatic robot hands, but that's just me I suppose.
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 14:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ronson8 wrote:
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I wish, just once, that a police car was behind them.
That's always my wish too.


I dunno I always wish my car would transform into a giant robot so I could pick the car up and crush it between my pneumatic robot hands, but that's just me I suppose.


I pray to Cthulhu to come and mangle the car with his tentacles. One day he will come.
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PostPosted: 30-01-2014 22:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramonmercado wrote:
Heckler20 wrote:
Ronson8 wrote:
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I wish, just once, that a police car was behind them.
That's always my wish too.


I dunno I always wish my car would transform into a giant robot so I could pick the car up and crush it between my pneumatic robot hands, but that's just me I suppose.


I pray to Cthulhu to come and mangle the car with his tentacles. One day he will come.


Until that time, you're sitting in the house waiting and dreaming, eh... Wink
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PostPosted: 31-01-2014 00:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
ramonmercado wrote:
Heckler20 wrote:
Ronson8 wrote:
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I wish, just once, that a police car was behind them.
That's always my wish too.


I dunno I always wish my car would transform into a giant robot so I could pick the car up and crush it between my pneumatic robot hands, but that's just me I suppose.


I pray to Cthulhu to come and mangle the car with his tentacles. One day he will come.


Until that time, you're sitting in the house waiting and dreaming, eh... Wink


No, I suymmon up lesser deities.
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PostPosted: 31-01-2014 09:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to go for a dental appointment today, but with the way the buses run now, it's going to take me hours to get there and back. And the weather's lousy... Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: 31-01-2014 19:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramonmercado wrote:
Mythopoeika wrote:
ramonmercado wrote:
Heckler20 wrote:
Ronson8 wrote:
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I wish, just once, that a police car was behind them.
That's always my wish too.


I dunno I always wish my car would transform into a giant robot so I could pick the car up and crush it between my pneumatic robot hands, but that's just me I suppose.


I pray to Cthulhu to come and mangle the car with his tentacles. One day he will come.


Until that time, you're sitting in the house waiting and dreaming, eh... Wink


No, I suymmon up lesser deities.


My husband always wishes for their tires to deflate (slowly, of course).
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PostPosted: 31-01-2014 19:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
I have to go for a dental appointment today, but with the way the buses run now, it's going to take me hours to get there and back. And the weather's lousy... Evil or Very Mad


Honestly, Rynner, you must learn to knit, or do something so you're not staring out from the bus stop (and the bus) making yourself more annoyed.

You could knit willy warmers and allow everyone on the bus some amusement. Who knows? Could turn into a business.
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PostPosted: 01-02-2014 12:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just as a general whinge, why is it so damn hard to get things done these days?

I'm not a pushy person, but I constantly find myself having to make phone call after phone call, reminder after reminder, to get people to do things they have agreed to do. Or which it is their job to do. And I don't just mean the public services, I mean just about everyone. If you've said you'll do it, FFS just do it without wasting my time and spirit having to constantly prod you into action! (Which I find very hard and embarrassing to do.)
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PostPosted: 01-02-2014 19:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cochise wrote:
Just as a general whinge, why is it so damn hard to get things done these days?

I'm not a pushy person, but I constantly find myself having to make phone call after phone call, reminder after reminder, to get people to do things they have agreed to do. Or which it is their job to do.

Yes, the tumble drier in our laundry room isn't working properly. At least three people here have reported it, but nothing has been done yet.

The gutters need cleaning and repairing, but I first reported that months ago (with a digital pic of one overflowing), but so far with no obvious gutter-related activity! Evil or Very Mad
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