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To be getting increasingly pissed off with drivers not stopping at zebra crossings?

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Rainatnight Fri 12-Apr-19 22:39:28

Is this happening in anyone else's area? Over the past couple of years, I've noticed a real problem in my area with drivers not stopping at zebra crossings. I thought it was just cos I'd just become a pushchair-pusher and was out walking around with DD more, so was noticing it.

But recently it's got even worse again, and it's now happening at least once a day where I live.

It's so dangerous!

What's it like where other people live? And is there anything that can be done? I feel like I should complain to someone but I don't know who!

greenelephantscarf Fri 12-Apr-19 22:41:31

yanbu
in our area it seems that red lights are becoming optional as well confused

Nacreous Fri 12-Apr-19 22:43:28

Take down their number plate, preferably car colour and make if you can. Ring the police on 101. Report. Every time. If enough people do this then it will get cracked down on.

This assumes you had one foot in the crossing as that is the point at which cars are obliged to stop. They won't prosecute unless there's another witness but they will ring and tell the driver off over the phone.

wwydoo Fri 12-Apr-19 22:43:45

London is a nightmare for this.

Rainatnight Fri 12-Apr-19 22:44:00

Really? Crikey, that's awful.

AnnieMay100 Fri 12-Apr-19 22:46:04

Happens a lot here in London and it is very frustrating and dangerous. But.. it’s not actually illegal to carry on driving if people are waiting to cross, unless they have already began crossing (which you’d hope they’d stop for!), little fact from my driving instructor friend.

recrudescence Fri 12-Apr-19 22:47:45

I’m so pleased to have seen this thread because it’s something I have definitely noticed recently. I always shout after the offending car and wave my arms about but I doubt that achieves much!

Rainatnight Fri 12-Apr-19 22:49:28

Sorry, my post was @greenelephantscarf

I'm in London.

Nacreous They're going WAY to fast to even see if anyone has their foot on the crossing. And similarly too fast to take down plate. I think if I was quick with my phone I could snap it, though I'm usually wrestling pushchair, scooter, DD, DS etc. And trying not to get us all killed!

recrudescence Fri 12-Apr-19 22:50:33

it’s not actually illegal to carry on driving if people are waiting to cross, unless they have already began crossing

Really? I always believed it was enough for a pedestrian to show that she or he wanted/intended to cross.

Rainatnight Fri 12-Apr-19 22:51:30

recrudescence yep, LOTS of shouting and arm waving here. Swearing too, if I don't have the DC with me. I already get a lot of 'Mama, why are you shouting at that car?' grin

3boysandabump Fri 12-Apr-19 22:51:43

Ds pram was nearly hit last week while we were half way over the zebra crossing. I went absolutely ballistic at the woman in the car. I'm fairly certain she was on her phone 😡

AnnieMay100 Fri 12-Apr-19 22:52:29

Me too but apparently not!

Rainatnight Fri 12-Apr-19 22:53:15

Here's the relevant bit of the Highway Code. I think the bits that say MUST are the only things it's illegal not to do, and all them other stuff is just stuff they'd like you to do.

www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/pedestrian-crossings.html

Rainatnight Fri 12-Apr-19 22:54:06

Shit, 3boys, that's awful! So she stopped?

I have to say, it's always, always men here.

mashpot Fri 12-Apr-19 22:55:52

Yes, massive problem where I am in S London. Drives me mad, I’m trying to teach my kids some road safety for independence ☹️

BlueSkiesLies Fri 12-Apr-19 23:01:52

Yup same in east London.

General standard of driving is getting much worse.

Amanduh Fri 12-Apr-19 23:04:00

We are in the middle of the countryside and same. Awful.

FunnyHappyGirl Fri 12-Apr-19 23:08:39

Yes, you don't have to stop unless someone's started walking.

As a driver it annoys me when people walk on to the crossing without even looking. I'll always stop if I see people at the crossing but it's getting silly the amount of people that start crossing without even looking.

phoenixrosehere Fri 12-Apr-19 23:18:14

They’re ridiculous where I am in Oxfordshire and the crossing is in front of the police station.

Are drivers really in that much of a hurry that you can’t wait for pedestrians to actually get across the street before you go? Is it that difficult to let pedestrians cross the street when they are obviously waiting to cross and there are flashing lights informing you of this? Drivers don’t seem to care until they actually injure or even kill someone.

phoenixrosehere Fri 12-Apr-19 23:18:47

*they

HundredMilesAnHour Fri 12-Apr-19 23:27:19

They're going WAY to fast to even see if anyone has their foot on the crossing.

Yes, this happens near me (east London) a lot. If I was on the crossing, there's no way they could stop in time (it's a 20mph zone but so many cars are way over the limit). At one crossing in particular, I wonder if the drivers have actually even noticed that it's a zebra crossing. Which makes me worry how many other things they're not paying attention to.

starzig Fri 12-Apr-19 23:33:48

If you are not crossing, they don't need to stop. So stop standing waiting and just cross the GD road.
The number of times I wouldnt have to stop if people would just cross rather than wait annoys me just a tad.

Krimpy Fri 12-Apr-19 23:39:03

They're going WAY to fast to even see if anyone has their foot on the crossing.

+

If you are not crossing, they don't need to stop. So stop standing waiting and just cross the GD road.

=
Roadkill

SecretLimonadeDrinker Fri 12-Apr-19 23:41:24

This winds me up so much, definitely seen an increase.

Last year I was heavily pregnant and had a foot in the road when a driver drove straight across and then slammed on the brakes so the rear of the car was across the crossing as there was a queue of traffic. I was raging.

Ivegotbills Fri 12-Apr-19 23:44:58

Been like this for at least 15 years round here now. You're probably just noticing it more. Lots of arseholes around.

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