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  • Elim
    January 17, 2013 - 19:59

    Courtesy and obedience have almost are non-existant on todays roadways.

  • RJ
    January 17, 2013 - 00:44

    To distracted and in a hurry to line up for 20 min @ Tim's...turn on ur bluetooth when driving and be wary ...oh and ease off the gas pedal..Ur coffee will still be fresh! ;)

  • Ken Collis
    January 16, 2013 - 11:08

    At no time under any curcumstances does a car have right of way over a person, if by that you mean that there is no fault to a driver who hits a pedestrian. Even if someone is foolish enough to run into traffic you are legally bound to stop if you have time to do so.

    • a business man
      January 16, 2013 - 11:25

      Correct Ken, although I would add that if you are unable to stop in time before striking the foolish person with your car, you will not likely be charged criminally. Obviously there needs to be some evidence of the driver trying to stop, but assuming that there is evidence (witness, skid marks), the accident while unfortunate and tragic, will likely not be criminal. In fact, I believe a fellow-lawyer colleague (in another province) once represented an uninsured client who sued the pedestrian that he struck for the damages to the car.

  • a business man
    January 16, 2013 - 08:34

    I agree that drivers need to be more careful and cautious in the winter time, but pedestrians have to be aware of the fact that THEY ARE WALKING IN a live lane of traffic. The vehicles do have the right of way and it is too bad if someone gets hit. Fortunately, the police are not likely to file charge someone who hits a pedestrian who is not using a cross walk. That said, drivers who fail to stop for crosswalks should have their licenses suspended. Have you complained to the police about these "hot-spots". I would complain, but it is not really my problem. I drive, and I watch for pedestrians and crosswalks.

    • Anne
      January 16, 2013 - 09:50

      Pedestrians have the legal right to walk along the side of the road facing traffic when sidewalks aren't available. If you hit somebody walking along the side of the road, don't kid yourself -- you can be charged and/or successfully sued. It would depend on circumstances like whether you had slowed down sufficiently for the conditions.

  • Ken O'Brien
    January 16, 2013 - 08:04