Interesting article at Slate, In Defense of Jaywalking
, where the author describes how the media and others often slant coverage of pedestrian vs auto accidents--examples include San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe
, and New York Post
Police, who are typically car-bound, are often biased in favor
of other drivers.
Not unexpectedly the Federal Highway Administration has curious language regarding walkers
--"Still, almost no one can avoid occasional pedestrian status". Even the term jaywalking
is commonly misused
Solutions? More money towards safer walking (including a reversal of funding policies that favor cars
), better places to walk, pedestrian-friendly engineering, lower urban speed limits, harsher penalties for drivers that violate pedestrian's rights, and critical reading of the often selective and sensationalized media coverage
of traffic crashes.
posted by aerotive
on Nov 10, 2009 -