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To ask you all to SLOW THE FUCK DOWN

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acceptableinthe80s Sat 09-Feb-13 17:39:11

when driving in residential areas.

Seriously, what is wrong with some people.

I live in area with lots of cul-de-sacs/no through roads which have lots of vennels leading to car parks behind the houses. So basically cars leaving the car park have to cross the pavement to get onto the road.

Today I was walking along the pavement with DS (4) who was on his scooter, no more than 3 or 4 feet in front of me, when a car came speeding out of a vennel at a speed of around 30 mph and missed him by an inch. I screamed, the stupid bloody bitch of a driver braked and was about 30 feet away by the time the car stopped. I was in total shock and screamed at her about her speed whilst checking DS was ok and she just drove off!

I am still boiling with rage, if i'd left the house a second later than i did she would have hit him and probably killed him.

I wish i'd got her registration and reported her and i want to hunt her down and trash her car give her a piece of my mind.

Apologies for the rant, but please slow down people.

calandarbear Sat 09-Feb-13 17:43:53

What is a Vennel?

YANBU asking people speeding to slow down but 30mph isn't fast. People doing 40 or 50 in a residential area absolutely agree with you and have reported little knob in souped up honda people around here.

BabyRoger Sat 09-Feb-13 17:46:17

Calandar - a vennel is like a narrow street or alley way.

OP - YABNU. I think 30 is fast - especially in the circumstances you describe. People drive way too fast round here too.

germyrabbit Sat 09-Feb-13 17:46:31

there are campaigns here for a 20mph limit, makes sense to me!

acceptableinthe80s Sat 09-Feb-13 17:47:37

A vennel is a short tunnel, the car was coming out a carpark, across a pavement into a cul-de-sac. 30mph is very fast under those circumstances, most people crawl out to check for pedestrians.

calandarbear Sat 09-Feb-13 17:49:58

Ah ok in that case YANBU, crawl out then speed up on road.

sixlostmonkeys Sat 09-Feb-13 17:50:16

I always taught my ds to stop and check such roadways, including people's driveways.
You can't make drivers act responsibly but you can take precautions yourself at least.

badguider Sat 09-Feb-13 17:52:26

Yanbu people going at 30 round the blind corner in our street by the shop drive me insane. Just cause its a 30 limit doesn't mean that 30 is always appropriate.

landofsoapandglory Sat 09-Feb-13 17:53:57

I don't speed, but speeding really winds me up. I live on a corner which most people slow down for, the prat who drives the fastest round it is the father of the 3 little children who play out in the street. He drives so fast up his drive that I swear he is going to park in his garage without opening the door one of these days!

acceptableinthe80s Sat 09-Feb-13 18:01:28

Ds did stop when I screamed, he knows to slow down at the vennels and check for cars but she came flying through like a bat out of hell. Thankfully he wasn't going his usual speed!

Fakebook Sat 09-Feb-13 18:06:26

All residential streets are 20mph in our city. But even then you get dipshits doing 30-40mph near my Dd's school and on out road. It's just a matter of time before they hurt someone, and being the only family with young children on our street, I always fear it'll one of my children who get hurt. They're just irresponsible drivers.

tak1ngchances Sat 09-Feb-13 18:08:37

Please please please don't let your children scoot off on their own unless they are in a prk in full sight of you. It is far too dangerous near any roads.

acceptableinthe80s Sat 09-Feb-13 18:11:50

chances he was right in front of me, on the pavement, in a cul-de-sac!

onedev Sat 09-Feb-13 18:16:22

YANBU - drives me crazy too & just because the speed limit is 30 doesn't mean you drive at that speed if its not appropriate - it's the maximum, not the target!

I think it should be 20mph in all residential areas.

ControlGeek Sat 09-Feb-13 18:21:39

YANBU. Drivers forget far too often that, when their car has to cross a pavement, any pedestrians that they may (or may not) see have right of way. Ideally they should be approached in the same way as a stop junction.

Titchyboomboom Sat 09-Feb-13 18:28:29

I think we need 20mph near the school here as the paths are very narrow and only on one side if the road, so crammed full of children almost toppling into the road. Some drivers are super considerate, others are speed freaks

Unacceptable Sat 09-Feb-13 18:31:39

YANBU and onedev has it spot on with the not a target thing. I hate that about a lot of drivers. You adapt to the road and the conditions not aim for the Limit. Those who ignore that fact shouldn't be in charge of a lethal weapon!

pointythings Sat 09-Feb-13 18:33:25

YANBU, I would not dream of coming out of a small side street or crossing a pavement at that kind of speed. Crawl is the only way, and in residential areas less is definitely more.

I live on a street which is used as a rat run to avoid a set of perfectly OK traffic lights - people tearing through at 40-50 mph, because it's a wide street. We've petitioned the council about it, but someone - probably a child - will have to die before anything is done.

dobby2001 Sat 09-Feb-13 18:39:30

I live in a one way 20 mph residential street that leads onto a busy main road. It is no entry at the top, but the entrance to an office car park is about 20 yeards from the top of the road, so we have constant problems with delivery drivers and office workers thinking it is perfectly fine for them to ignore the no entry signs and drive into the car park angry

Some of them, because they know they are breaking the law do this at speed to get down quickly - my DD was almost knocked over by one such idiot angry

yadnu I have to walk small children past our "hazard" every weekday and am constantly on edge about the irresponsible behaviour I see.

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