Let’s blame Michelle Obama for this too…
Really? I mean, really?
This blows me away. But they are serious.
Check out this quote from a press release of the Governors’ Highway Safety Administration:
“It is definitely a concern. Looking at our data, we are seeing pedestrians crossing mid-block instead of at crosswalks, pedestrians walking in the roadway, and even some walking in the travel lanes of the interstate. We are familiar with aggressive drivers; we now have aggressive pedestrians.”
Aggressive pedestrians. Who are the reason for the increase in pedestrian deaths.
This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from the musical Man of La Mancha: “Whether the stone hits the pitcher, or the pitcher hits the stone, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher.” Which is to say, wouldn’t one think the burden of safety ought to rest on the people travelling in the two-tons-of-steel-wheeled-enclosure-thingies, not the people walking around unprotected? And how insane is it to imply that the increase in pedestrian deaths is due to the larger number of people trying to decrease their carbon footprint and get more exercise by walking more places (with the tacit implication that they oughtta cut that dangerous behavior out), rather than to mention that the already dangerous behavior of many motorists who talk endlessly on the phone without hands-free, text while driving, eat entire meals in the car, and engage in all kinds of potentially distracting activities, becomes even more dangerous in areas where pedestrian traffic dominates?
But instead, we get, the roads belong to the drivers, and everyone else better just watch their step…