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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

One can’t help but wonder what would have happened if he hadn’t had a running start. Given that the other pedestrian signal was red, presumably he had the green.

(Thanks Mikael)

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7 Responses to “Traffic Safety Film of the Week”

  1. Rich Wilson Says:

    And since everyone but the bus was coming to a stop, it would be safe to assume he had a fresh green.

  2. doug Says:

    Gosh, I wonder what the bus driver was doing? Could he have been …. texting? He must have been totally distracted, as he didn’t slow down at all.

  3. Merinda Says:

    Actually, the bus was out of control, there’s other footage that shows it taking out several cars on it’s way through the intersection. A brake problem, I think.

  4. Don Says:

    And yet like everything else, if he would have just looked to see if anything was coming INSTEAD of assuming it was okay since he “presummably” had the walk light, he would have saved himself a pair of undershorts.

  5. townmouse Says:

    Given the cars at the front were stopped, that would have been a pretty fair assumption to make. Still, the way he took the crossing at a sprint suggests a part of the world where pedestrians are divided into the quick and the dead…

  6. Donald Baxter, Iowa City Says:

    here’s more from that story. This was a runaway bus and it created a whole world of pain in its path: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9gYuDS-8lU

  7. Spiderleggreen Says:

    The full vid is even crazier. Don’t know Rus but it was either a brake problem or a bus driver on a rampage.

    As for the pedestian, it would have been smart for him to look before he lept, but I’m not falling for the it was his own fault argument. Somebody was hit and killed here recently, with driver fleeing, before turning themselves in. People I’ve talked to assume the pedestrian was at fault. Why is that? I’d say bias. Why would they overlook the driver fleeing, assuming he was a victim of circumstance?

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