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Jaywalkers
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Published: August 2, 2009
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The jaywalking situation where I live is ridiculous. Los Angeles city blocks aren't that long for the most part, and where they are, they have crosswalks in the middle of them, JUST so people don't have to walk to an intersection. And people still dart out into the middle of the street.

It makes me want to start nudging pedestrians. Or at least lay on the horn like an asshole.
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Vampire-kun's avatar
That is, the 12th picture on the linked page. I forgot it hides links.

Looks like someone had that idea like 85 Years earlier.
Jaddasroots's avatar
Lol. OKay.

Jay walking in LA- Not Cool
JayWalking in Manhattan - Cool when you're only trying to avoid being hit by taxis.

Two lessons I learned from my summer X3
Diego-the-Incubus's avatar
The line 'You may now cross unmolested' is probably the funniest damn thing I've heard in resent years.
mistaD's avatar
ha! I wish I could do that!
WhiteShadowOfLies's avatar
You know, where I live it's legal to hit J-walkers...
Shark-Demon's avatar
Shark-DemonHobbyist General Artist
You're sweet, that jaywalkers' arse would eventually get run over where I live.

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Shark-DemonHobbyist General Artist
Come to think of it, you can get run over if you're IN the crosswalk too long! D:

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7pixels's avatar
I spent some years driving, but particularly after giving up the car and being a full time cyclist, pedestrian, transit user, former in-line skater to get everywhere person, I find the attitude of drivers to be the problem more than anything. Even in marked cross walks people plow through sometimes and at lit intersections swing right turns without stopping to check if is clear (a legal obligation). This is why in New York where there are a lot more walkers there are no right on reds and speaking of New York, block lengths there make ours seem simply Goliath by comparison, I think one of the reasons so many cross mid block here. Sometimes even just walking on the sidewalk can be hazardous as people fly out of parking garages or lots across drive ways without checking both directions. Despite the law change, cell phone talking while driving is still rampant and texting and driving has been shown to impair reaction times worse than drinking in some cases.

My biggest gripe is when the value of a life becomes worth less than a few seconds of time. This is not to say people who jaw walk with concern are not a problem, but I think everyone, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians need to respect each other. Though sometimes when drivers come an inch from clipping me with their side view mirror while going 15 mph over the speed limit sipping latte my seldom seen temper can flare up.
Freshman15's avatar
And then you flip them off? ;3

To be sure, drivers are far from innocent. The anger incurred by jaywalkers is miniscule compared to what my fellow drivers rile. The only reason my gallery isn't filled with comics about driving is because I really cannot draw cars.

And I'm afraid I may never be able to muster up a comic involving bikes. Trying to draw one is just cruel, for me and for the bike.

My goodness, Gary, you just popped up out of the blue! :D
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QwertyChrisHobbyist Digital Artist
Panel 5 makes me laugh so hard. Can almost hear you saying that IRL and it still get me in giggles XD
papercrownqueen's avatar
Hahahaha, I completely sympathize.

Though I am also guilty of jaywalking, I don't do it on busy streets, and only out of convenience. Like the grocery store across the street, it's totally not worth it to walk all the way past my complex to the intersection, go across the street, walk back to the entrance to the parking lot, and then walk all the way to the grocery store.

Admittedly my road isn't that busy. XD And even when it's devoid, I don't lounge across like some people do. I run like mad.
JRSpaniel's avatar
That is awesome. :D
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MerewinaStudent General Artist
My town is so small, that people actually stop for jaywalkers when they see someone in the middle of the street who looks like they want to cross. Even if they have enough time to just drive through.
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TheAmazingDiscworldHobbyist General Artist
People where I live with just keep right on plowing by if someone is crossing the street, even if they're using the crosswalk half them time. Usually I just run squealing through the crosswalk with my hands in the air to make sure I get noticed and remain un-squished. :/
stuffedbellylover's avatar
I know how you feel! :-)

Best wishes,

Chris
createacomic's avatar
You'd love Taiwan: pedestrians don't have the right of way, even in crosswalks, and cops consider it the pedestrians own fault if they get hit. (They don't like it when someone dies, but just some bruises or broken bones? You can drive away and leave them there without consequence.)

I saw more than one guy come out drunk from a karaoke bar and get smashed into the pavement.
Artytoons's avatar
Add IPOD earphones or cell phone and one gets a jaywalking disaster.

An automotive "Permanent Kiss" ensues.
Artytoons's avatar
The James Bond-mobile always have this option.
Diego-the-Incubus's avatar
At least you don't have to worry about people stopping in the middle of the road to talk with each other. That's the one thing I hate about living in the countryside. I just want to go into town to do some grocery shopping without Jethro parking his huge ass pick-um'-up truck in the street in front of me just to chat with Billy-Bob-Joe-Danny-Frank.
moonlightwerewolf's avatar
lol we have that in SF, only our blocks can be pretty long. But we ahve jaywalkers even when they're super short. XD
I've been known to jaywalk, but I never hold up traffic in order to do so, cuz I drive too and I know the frustration, I succumb to it ALOT. lol
The worse are the french, they jsut cross without looking. It's a jaw dropping sight to see.
Zophar81's avatar
Ha! I also owned a Hyundai until I upgraded to a Nissan a month and a half ago
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