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Updated on Thursday, August 21

#19664

OMG: PSA: September/October are the worst months for pedestrian accidents and deaths in the Waterloo region, and on campus itself. If you're a new student, or if you deal with a lot of new students, please stress the importance of traffic safety!

Jaywalking is a pretty common activity, and I won't condone it (I do it myself), but please be cautious of traffic coming from both directions. On campus, be wary of cyclists, and stay to one side of the path instead of walking or meandering in the center.

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  1. Condone means to allow. You won't allow jaywalking but you do it yourself? How does that make sense?

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    1. OP here, I accidentally a word. You're right, thanks for pointing it out!

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  2. Chill out, he probably meant 'condemn'

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    1. No one needs to chill out, but everyone needs to proofread their shit before submitting.

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  3. Also, the green flashing arrow combined with a red hand means NO.
    Idiots.

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  4. Sounds like Sept/Oct are the best for natural selection. Good. Ween those dumb fucks out before finals!

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  5. There is no such thing as jaywalking on campus, though, since there are virtually no designated crosswalks. The whole ring road is a crosswalk, and drivers must drive with that in mind.

    Across Waterloo Region, drivers are at fault in roughly 2/3s of collisions with pedestrians. (According to the 2010 statistics.) So, yes, pedestrians please do be careful. But twice as important: drivers, don't be aggressive incompetent assholes. Slow down on and near campus, defer to vulnerable road users, and remember that everyone is a pedestrian, you included, once their car is parked.

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    1. Yes, there is. Pedestrians can't just cross anywhere on Ring Road willy-nilly with not regard for traffic. Many will, so drivers do have to pay attention, but pedestrians are required to yield to cars on Ring Road when not using designated crosswalks.

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    2. Ring Road is not a public road. It is a private road, and therefore not subject to the Highway Traffic Act. It is instead governed by city bylaws and the special constabulary on campus. There are no designated crosswalks on campus, and, in general, vehicles ALWAYS yield to pedestrians, regardless of whether those pedestrians are at a legal crosswalk or not. Just because someone is jaywalking does not remove your legal obligation as a driver to not run them over.

      Pedestrians should never enter a roadway until they have made eye contact with any oncoming drivers, and then shouldn't linger. Too many students on campus meander out onto the road without looking and take their time to cross. Pedestrians and drivers need to share the roadway on campus, but ultimately, the road is designed for cars, not people, and everyone should remember this.

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    3. 5.b: +1, not to mention, even on roads that are regulated by the act, the right of way always goes to pedestrians anyways.

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    4. You're very confused, 5.b and c. I never said drivers should just run students over, but with the amount of people walking along ring road and not crossing, it would be unrealistic to expect drivers to be hawk-eyed and slam on the brakes every time someone dashes across the street. Ring Road is still subject to the Highway Traffic Act. This has been explained in previous threads here. I invite you to use the search function instead of spewing your pseudo-intellectual bullshit. You're going to lead to people getting hit.

      5.c: Seriously? Yeah, pedestrians have the right of way when they dash out in the middle of King Street and are not at a crosswalk. You're quite the mental giant, aren't you?

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  6. Also, please, please look both ways before crossing the street. C'mon ppl, we learned this pre-kindergarten! Make sure that cars have stopped before you cross because there are those mofos who will keep going at a stop sign.

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  7. Please remember that the GRT and GO buses can't stop on a dime even at lower speeds and both car and bus drivers can't always see a pedestrian walking out suddenly and close to the vehicle. Also note that Waterloo police are notorious for charging people under the HTA for jaywalking or improper actions at traffic lights, you don't want a provincial offenses ticket on your police record even if the fine is no big deal to you.

    Then there is the safety issue, think about it, a seemingly minor accident can cause life long injury and even a minor one can affect you years from now. Be proud YOU are putting safety first! You'll need that in the workplace later.

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