I nearly died and possibly saved a life or two this afternoon!
I’m a serial amber-light pedestrian crosser. Some smart postie once told me familiarity breeds contempt – At intersections I know, I often start crossing on the amber light when I know that as soon as it goes red, the little green man will light my way. I hate walking in crowds, and this gets me to the front of the que.
This particular day, I didn’t do it on Broadway, because the buses in the bus lane can be damned scary! As I crossed the second lane, I looked into the oncoming traffic and just as I was about to step into the third lane, I casually noticed the guy was going very fast… he saw me, pulled an amazing :0 face, slammed on the breaks, shot right by me and went more then half-way into the intersection. He stopped less then 2 meters away from the car turning right onto broadway. I estiamate a distance of about 30 meters from when he saw me and where he stopped. The speed limit on the road is 60 or 70 Kmph.
1. If I walked on the orange light and didn’t look up – I’d be dead or at least in hospital.
2. If the driver hadn’t of seen me at all, he would have ploughed right into the passenger side of the other car. He certainly didn’t seem to see the red-light.