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Old 18.03.2011, 11:45
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Pedestrians are your friends if you are being tailgated. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching a tailgater getting more and more frustrated as you let people across. And then accelerate slowly away because people are crossing on the next one.
Don't forget to coast really slowly to the crossing before coming to a standstill.

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My personal beef is the crossing at our bus stop. Drivers just don't seem to understand that a bus at a bus-stop means you are likely to get pedestrians crossing. I have had one car overtake a car stopped at the crossing, then speed across the crossing while I was walking. I had to step back to avoid being hit.
Luckily* you are an adult and can work out potential risk zones. Sadly for children they usually haven't developed this reasoning/knowledge yet.

*although I realise that luck has little to do with it...
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Old 18.03.2011, 11:59
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My kids have all been taught to wait until the car stops by looking at the wheels. The driver is actually not supposed to give any kind of signal to the child to cross. Sometimes they just slow down, but the wheels are still moving, and give a hand signal to the child. Very confusing for a young child. According to the police officer who instructed my children, most drivers don't know that one should come to a still stop and NOT give a wave of the hand. A lot of parents have complained about this and suggested the police do some sort of ad campaign to let drivers know how they are supposed to react when a child wants to cross. Apparently, the police do not have the funds to alot to such a campaign and we were told to "spread the word" ourselves within the community and beyond...
Aside from the costs of adverts part:
1) it would easier simply to instruct new drivers of this - trickle down effect
2) it is safer that the child trying to cross the road knows the rules it has to "live" by - irrespective of what the driver is saying or doing - i.e. wait for complete standstill of car (looking at wheels) before proceeding to cross

But yes, having seen drivers confused/frustrated when I (used) to take my son to school, I can see where there is a huge grey area - hence educate children to take control of when they cross based on simple black & white criteria.

The other thing I ask my children to do once they have started crossing the road is to give the driver a wave of thanks or thumbs up. It usually elicits a wave back or a smile from the driver, and I can only hope that the positive "karma" may save someone else's life (or even my childrens') further down the line. It is well described that people behave very differently when driving and some of that has been attributed to the artificial vacuum or bubble we are in, when surrounded by a metal cage and four wheels. Trying to connect with them will hopefully bring about an increased awareness of what's outside the car.
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Old 18.03.2011, 12:06
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According to the police officer who instructed my children, most drivers don't know that one should come to a still stop...
One slightly amusing thing I have noticed with regard to this was for a few weeks after the Police crossing demonstration, my son, and other children wouldn't cross if there were no cars and the road was clear. They would patiently wait (perhaps five minutes) for a car to come along and stop, and only then would they proceed to cross the road.
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Re: Kids crossing the road

Wow. That would make me livid. If you call the police (nonemergency), would they come periodically and sit there waiting for people not to stop and give them tickets? It is my understanding that is a ticketable offense. Or talk to your son's teacher?

We live in a small town outside of Zurich and I have to say the people here are very good about stopping for my daughter. Even when I don't want them to because I am a minute or so behind her and she is waiting for me. I had to show her to stand with her bike back from the crosswalk while she waits for me to cross. Oh and we have crossing guards after school.

Kids shouldn't cross if a driver is waving at them. I know it is a pain for the drivers to stop but they should wait until the driver comes to a complete stop. That is what my daughter's kindergarten teacher does with the group on walks and I would expect my daughter to do that as well.
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One slightly amusing thing I have noticed with regard to this was for a few weeks after the Police crossing demonstration, my son, and other children wouldn't cross if there were no cars and the road was clear. They would patiently wait (perhaps five minutes) for a car to come along and stop, and only then would they proceed to cross the road.

AAAAAAAAARGGGHHHH...

Translation = I know what you mean.

EDIT: the other thing my son does is slowly, meticulously and painfully (to me) line himself up so that he is exactly perpendicular to the road, with his toes lined up to the inside edge of the curb stone (because that's the way the policeman told him to do it), before he even contemplates looking at the road. By the time he's ready to look at the road, there's a line of 5+ cars all waiting for him to cross...

...hmmm ...maybe that's really why I get him to say thanks...
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Old 18.03.2011, 14:18
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Re: Kids crossing the road

to Carlos: my son used to do the same, until finally he realised that yes, cars were waiting!!!! or if I am far behind, then the same, he stops the car and wait for me!! Nice manners though. Anyway I asked a few mums at the kindergarten and they confirmed that it is the policeman who taught them to hold their hands to stop cars.
I read somewhere someone suggesting school drivers should teach that. It is exactly what I asked myself this morning. Because yes, that would help a lot!
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