by Malc » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:51 pm
by dogface » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:20 pm
Malc wrote:This has been an annoyance for me especially since being a father, so I need to rant.
Simply, why do people not wait for red pedestrian crossing lights? It's just a question of seconds, and my daughter can understand; red stop, green go (albeit cautiously) and she is three.
I guess in England people drive faster so crossing on a red is more likely to end in death, but still I see people having to turn back or being stranded mid road here. And even by the local police station no one gives a toss.
I know in the old days there were no rules, and if the older pedestrians want to die, then fine. That's their choice. But as soon as one idiot starts to cross everyone follows, and a small child has less chance of survival.
Time to video and shame I think (and now with the YouTube plugin we can - thanks dogface).
by Finleythewombat » Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:55 pm
by dogface » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:02 pm
I was thinking of building a website where foreigners (can't see any locals participating) could post photos or videos of Taiwanese drivers doing lethal things.
by Malc » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:36 am
by jake » Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:50 am
by Dr. McCoy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:19 am
by Finleythewombat » Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:35 pm
by dogface » Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:49 pm
Finleythewombat wrote:Jake, once my curiosity got the better of me and I actually tried that. Some daft woman was rolling slowly, slowly through a red light (and across a pedestrian crossing) as I was walking across (my green, of course). I didn't actually stop, just slowed to a very casual stroll. And you know what? She kept moving until she was close enough for me to bang on the hood of her car, and then finally noticed I was there. She mouthed 'sorry sorry' (as they do) and ... KEPT ON MOVING! I found out a little too late that it's quite difficult to get out of the way of a moving car even when it's moving slowly, and was half-sprawled across the front of her car before she finally discovered that cars have a brake pedal. No harm done, of course, except to my dignity and faith in human intelligence. I gave her car a final thump and scuttled off.
Lesson learned? Do not mess with people who do not even know where the controls of their vehicle are. But it still cracks me up when I see people doing something dangerous or illegal REAL SLOW. I think they imagine if they move slowly enough, their car will wink out of existence in this universe and then miraculously merge into the place they want to be, like quantum tunnelling...
by Malc » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:44 pm
jake wrote:I don't drive here but I get the feeling that it's everyone for himself out on the roads or there's no camaraderie. This manifests itself in many ways, but one that I've noticed is this: when a fellow driver stops or does something nice for you (which is in itself rare) seldom do people acknowledge it with a thank you wave. They simply drive through looking straight ahead. A thank you wave is pretty standard back on the roads I drove on. Am I just not noticing it here?
Finleythewombat wrote:and was half-sprawled across the front of her car before she finally discovered that cars have a brake pedal
by Finleythewombat » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:48 am
More fuel for the video Think of how much local TV coverage we'd get with a crazed old woman driving down the road with a foreigner sprawled on the bonnet. Quantum tunnel that!