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(WTSP)   News: Teen hit by a car. Florida: On pedestrian safety "Walk to School Day"   (wtsp.com) divider line 36
    More: Florida, Walk to School Day, Andrew Owens, School Day, pedestrian safety, St. Joseph Hospital  
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2013-10-10 02:32:39 PM
swotti.starmedia.com
 
2013-10-10 02:46:29 PM
lulz
 
2013-10-10 02:47:01 PM
Meh. That's only a one star GTA level.
 
2013-10-10 02:47:53 PM
Idiot teen ignored the whole POINT of the day, crossed where it was not correct to do so, and got hit.

Lives in the correct state, I suppose...\
 
2013-10-10 02:48:05 PM
Because of the increased pedestrian volume, isn't that exactly when you'd EXPECT the odds of someone getting hit by a car to go up?  It's like a Cesna crashing next to a flight school:  Seems ironic at first, but the people who are still attending flight school are the ones most likely to crash.
 
2013-10-10 02:53:50 PM
I've lived all over the states and I can say that Florida drivers are terrible. They can't stay in their lanes, they honk their horns constantly for no apparent reason. When they are bothered to use their turn signal, there's a good chance they'll go the opposite direction. They treat school crossing guards as a suggestion. Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.
 
2013-10-10 02:55:54 PM

Akuinnen: Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.


Yeah but those kids were just going to grow up to become adult Floridian drivers anyway. So...
 
2013-10-10 02:56:05 PM

Akuinnen: I've lived all over the states and I can say that Florida drivers are terrible. They can't stay in their lanes, they honk their horns constantly for no apparent reason. When they are bothered to use their turn signal, there's a good chance they'll go the opposite direction. They treat school crossing guards as a suggestion. Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.


Plus the kids have not been taught how to cross the road safely. I see teenagers dart out into traffic like four-year-olds. Honk at them if you want to see their middle fingers.
 
2013-10-10 03:06:27 PM
"Walk to School Day" became "Hit a Kid Day".
 
2013-10-10 03:12:50 PM
One kid hit in the state sounds like it's probably a lot lower than the daily average number of kids hit in the state
 
2013-10-10 03:15:35 PM
From TFA: "We see that about 61 children every day are getting hit by cars and there's a lot of education that we still need to do," said Jaime Verberne of St. Joseph Hospital.

So it pretty much was inevitable that some kid would get hit on Walk To School Day.
 
2013-10-10 03:15:40 PM

Last Man on Earth: Because of the increased pedestrian volume, isn't that exactly when you'd EXPECT the odds of someone getting hit by a car to go up?  It's like a Cesna crashing next to a flight school:  Seems ironic at first, but the people who are still attending flight school are the ones most likely to crash.


Nobody said it was ironic until you.
 
2013-10-10 03:16:03 PM
Florida is all about protecting children... thank gawd teenagers aren't kids
 
2013-10-10 03:16:12 PM
Actually it says 61 is the average. So the rate dropped 98.36%. Sounds successful to me.
 
2013-10-10 03:19:11 PM

ransack.: One kid hit in the state sounds like it's probably a lot lower than the daily average number of kids hit in the state


My comment wasn't meant as a reply to you, but it was a fortunate coincidence.

bingethinker: Plus the kids have not been taught how to cross the road safely. I see teenagers dart out into traffic like four-year-olds. Honk at them if you want to see their middle fingers.


You seem to think teenager's actions have a correlation with what they've been taught. Using that information, I can deduce that you aren't around many teenagers.
 
2013-10-10 03:21:29 PM
I'm already looking forward to next year's "Bubble-Wrap Your Snowflake" Day.
 
2013-10-10 03:24:00 PM

Akuinnen: I've lived all over the states and I can say that Florida drivers are terrible. They can't stay in their lanes, they honk their horns constantly for no apparent reason. When they are bothered to use their turn signal, there's a good chance they'll go the opposite direction. They treat school crossing guards as a suggestion. Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.


And since most of those drivers came from out of Florida, what's your point?
 
2013-10-10 03:29:55 PM

Akuinnen: I've lived all over the states and I can say that Florida drivers are terrible. They can't stay in their lanes, they honk their horns constantly for no apparent reason. When they are bothered to use their turn signal, there's a good chance they'll go the opposite direction. They treat school crossing guards as a suggestion. Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.


I live in Indiana and they drive the same way here.
 
2013-10-10 03:38:22 PM

bingethinker: Akuinnen: I've lived all over the states and I can say that Florida drivers are terrible. They can't stay in their lanes, they honk their horns constantly for no apparent reason. When they are bothered to use their turn signal, there's a good chance they'll go the opposite direction. They treat school crossing guards as a suggestion. Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.

Plus the kids have not been taught how to cross the road safely. I see teenagers dart out into traffic like four-year-olds. Honk at them if you want to see their middle fingers.



My favorite are the little bastards who do the, "I know you're not going to hit me" walk across the street. Its the only time as an adult that I can recall wanting to kick the shiat out of a 14 year old kid. The worst part is that its just the chickens coming home to roost, because I used to do that stupid shiat, too.

/I was even more obnoxious
//I would walk into traffic and extend my arm like a crossing guard as we walked across.
 
2013-10-10 03:40:16 PM
No just irony, Floridirony.
 
2013-10-10 03:45:50 PM
That's 175 points right there if it was a clean hit.
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2013-10-10 03:47:48 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-10 03:48:29 PM

Last Man on Earth: Because of the increased pedestrian volume, isn't that exactly when you'd EXPECT the odds of someone getting hit by a car to go up?  It's like a Cesna crashing next to a flight school:  Seems ironic at first, but the people who are still attending flight school are the ones most likely to crash.


I would raise a small niggle here.  The ones most likely to crash are the ones NOT attending the school, but still trying to fly aircraft.

Of those flying aircraft, students are probably very highly likely to crash compared to the general population of pilots.

Just saying, there is a difference.
 
2013-10-10 03:50:22 PM
done in one?
/ arguements for not irony below...
 
2013-10-10 03:52:30 PM
When my nephews visit from California, I remind them, and my sister, that this is Florida!  Look before you step near that curb, make eye contact, then make sure he's still going to stop.  Sadly, I am not exaggerating.
 
2013-10-10 03:56:05 PM
Just because you have right of way doesn't mean you get to walk (again after a car hits you).

If you stand with your toes lined up to the edge of the curb looking directly forward, ready to start walking the instant the white hand lights up, don't act surprised when something bad happens.

/prolly not relevant to TFA
//just ranting
 
2013-10-10 03:57:27 PM
How about a Don't Run Over Pedestrians Day
 
2013-10-10 04:07:32 PM
if you mess with cars sometimes you get the horns.
 
2013-10-10 04:11:35 PM
driver didn't back up over him to make sure the job was done.  Fahkin' underachiever.  Florida indeed.
 
2013-10-10 04:12:39 PM

goatleggedfellow: Just because you have right of way doesn't mean you get to walk (again after a car hits you).

If you stand with your toes lined up to the edge of the curb looking directly forward, ready to start walking the instant the white hand lights up, don't act surprised when something bad happens.

/prolly not relevant to TFA
//just ranting


Can this turn into a stupid pedestrian, driver, and bicyclist thread? Please??
 
2013-10-10 04:15:11 PM

Mirandized: Akuinnen: I've lived all over the states and I can say that Florida drivers are terrible. They can't stay in their lanes, they honk their horns constantly for no apparent reason. When they are bothered to use their turn signal, there's a good chance they'll go the opposite direction. They treat school crossing guards as a suggestion. Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.

I live in Indiana and they drive the same way here.


I live in Indiana too so speed up or get out of the way you idiot and it's none of your goddamn business which way I'm turning
 
2013-10-10 04:17:53 PM
Every part of Florida I've been seemed very unfriendly towards pedestrians. It's all strip malls and 4+ lane roads, hardly any sidewalks anywhere.
 
2013-10-10 04:27:07 PM
There are two questions that must be answered

1. Was the pedestrian in the road or not
2. Was the pedestrian in a controlled crossing or not

If the answer to both is no, send his family a bill for vehicle repairs and be done with it.
 
2013-10-10 05:45:11 PM

Akuinnen: I've lived all over the states and I can say that Florida drivers are terrible. They can't stay in their lanes, they honk their horns constantly for no apparent reason. When they are bothered to use their turn signal, there's a good chance they'll go the opposite direction. They treat school crossing guards as a suggestion. Unfortunately kids get hit because idiots can't be bothered to pay attention.


I am in total agreement. It's like they are compelled to drive like idiots. Occasionally I'll see one of my Florida-native neighbors on the road and I will marvel at the stupid. There's no stop sign they can't blow through. No gap in traffic that's too small for then to attempt to jam themselves into. No four-way stop they can't usurp the normal order of right-of-way. It is absolutely astounding...
 
2013-10-10 06:18:43 PM
As a transplant from up north, all the horror stories you hear are true. There is something about being born down here that makes people think they're the most important person on the road.

Its not the water, the water's fine. I drive the speed limit, use turn signals, understand right-of-way, stop at the white bar, then again at the stop sign, and look for traffic, because I would like to stay living, breathing on my own, and relatively undamaged.
 
2013-10-10 07:13:27 PM

Yogimus: There are two questions that must be answered

1. Was the pedestrian in the road or not
2. Was the pedestrian in a controlled crossing or not

If the answer to both is no, send his family a bill for vehicle repairs and be done with it.


Nope, responsibility for following the law does not rest solely on the pedestrian.

1. Was the driver speeding?
2. Was the driver texting/talking on the phone/doing something else distracting?

Since the driver is piloting a several-thousand-pound missile around public streets, s/he should be held legally accountable for operating it safely.
 
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