Monday, 18 July 2011

Are you a stickler?

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I was coming out of the supermarket this evening when I almost got run over on the pedestrian crossing. The car just didn't stop. I was a little surprised, shook my head in disbelief but continued pushing my heavy trolley laden with eco-bagged shopping on towards my car (Oh yes! Still no plastic bags at my place).

Meanwhile, the car parked two spaces away from mine was making its way out of the car park. It pulled out of its space a proceeded to drive out, against the arrow, against the flow of traffic. Saving itself the hassle of making a lap of the car park, preferring a direct line to the exit instead.

The next car I saw (the car park was unseasonably busy for 8pm on a Monday), drove out of its car space, across the empty car spaces and out of the entrance, ignoring the 'No exit' sign.

In a space of three minutes, I observed three traffic violations. Were these people breaking the rules because they thought no-one was watching? No-one would notice their misdemeanours because it is dark and relatively quiet?

It got me thinking.

Do you break the road rules under the cloud of darkness or are you a stickler?

21 comments:

Sarah said...

I am a stickler and proud. A girlfriend of mine had her thigh shattered when someone drove thru a zebra crossing a few years back, and an old friend of mine is a quadriplegic and NOTHING makes me angrier than people using disabled parking without a permit. I hadn't thought much about rule breaking after dark to be honest. Mainly because living in Perth nothing is really open late!

Diminishing Lucy said...

After the rants you read on my blog nearly weekly, it will come as no suprise to you to find out that yes, I am an absolute stickler for such things. Night or day, makes no odds to me. I am a follower of rules.

Always will be.

And am indoctrinating my children to be sticklers too...

Just call me Pollyanna!

xx

Lizeylou said...

I am a scaredy cat and always follow the rules ... you just never know!

georgi hampton said...

i'm a stickler by principle (i don't actually drive..long story). a friend of mine learned the hard way when he was driving back on country roads in the wee hours one day .. he was going 160kph and got a $400 speeding ticket. he was lucky to not have his license suspended then and there. he sure learnt his lesson .. and is so unbelievably lucky he didn't get in an accident!
ps. good work on the eco bags x

Miss Pink said...

Do you ever wish you were a parking inspector?
Gosh I know i'd make a KILLING.
I am often stuck with the drivers that don't stop at pedestrian crossings. And being with kids on either side of my hands, well I don't dare step out and demand they stop, instead I wait patiently and frustratingly for the cars to bloody stop whilst I stand in front of the signs marked pedestrian crossing and those zebra stripes.
PISSES ME OFF. If people were more concerned with paying attention around them and not in such a hurry all the time, and too busy on their phones maybe we would have less traffic accidents?

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I'm a stickler. It irritates me beyond belief when people do what they like because the rules don't apply to them. But they never seem to get their comeuppance and that irritates me too!

Naturally Carol said...

I wouldn't call myself a stickler but I do follow the road rules because I think they are there for our safety. If it is only me and I am sure I am alone I will cut across a carpark but if there is anyone else around I think I owe it to them to set a good example and keep us all as safe as I can and be as predictable as I can so they can anticipate what and where I am going. I have learned this through many years of having kids in the car and being responsible for their safety.

Danger Boy said...

Stickler on some, not so much on others. I don't obey the speed limit, especially if traffic is flowing faster. I'll obey "no exit" signs and such, though, because they almost always exist for a reason.

Mama of 2 boys said...

I am certain you must have been in my local shopping centre car park, as you've described the scene I encounter so often there. I would say I've had drivers stop less than 10% of the time at the pedestrian crossing, even when I have a full trolley and two little ones with it. They also drive against the marked arrows regularly. I am a stickler on crossings and following arrows. I slow at crossings as a matter of habit more than anything. I also can't get over people who speed in carparks, seriously, how ridiculous is it to drive fast where people are walking, parking and backing in and out of spaces constantly?! And mind you, I don't shop at night, so this type of behaviour still goes on in broad daylight.

Kylie Ofiu aka Aspiring Millionaire said...

Firstly, good job on the eco bags!

Secondly, I am a stickler. I see it constantly here, bad drivers breaking the law with absolutely no regard for anyone else.

My husband on the other hand... Well, lets just say I am REALLY surprised he even has a licence. It must only have 1 point left.

Kelloggsville said...

there are rules and 'rules'. And some 'rules' are just stupid. If a carpark is empty does it hurt to drive across the spaces? (is that really a rule?!) I would never park in a disabled bay but I would drive the wrong way round a quiet carpark (not if it was busy). As I say, there are rules and there is common sense, I tend to go with the second.

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

Stickler - mostly because you never know who could be watching!

Carpark etiquette does annoy me though. Everyone seems to be in such a rush, or think they automatically have right of way. I had an old lady let go of her full trolley as I was looking for a parking spot - it smashed into the front of the car because I couldn't get out quick enough to catch it. When I got out to look at the damage, she came to collect her trolley, and snapped at me - 'I can't be held responsible for that, it's not my fault the trolley is so heavy. I’m only one woman.'

What do you say to that?

x

Jen said...

Um, yes I am, a stickler that is. The one and only time I thought I might go the wrong way in a carpark it left me red faced and embarrassed. So that was it. You never know what might happen, I think

Mel said...

I'm a stickler! I even use my blinkers to change lanes late a night when no-one is around. Just habit and I figure if you do the right thing all the time, you can't get caught out.

Plus in the ACT there are so many random undercover cops (including one in a white panel van - go figure!) so you never know who is watching.

I will be teaching my kids to be sticklers too.

Alice Becomes said...

Another stickler here! All the rule breakers in the world must read other types of blogs...

Gill xo

Maxabella said...

Oh farm. I'm not. If it's quiet and the streets are empty, I check to make sure everything is perfectly safe and then, yes, I drive up the down arrow or I turn left on a red light in the middle of the night. Absolutely. x

Maxabella said...

PS - Would NEVER do this in a pedestrian area or near a zebra crossing or school. Even if it was the middle of the night and no one was around. Never. x

Hi I'm Rhonda. said...

I would say it depends on the time of day and where I am. During the day, crowded street definitely follow the rules. But late at night no one around I of course make sure I'm not about to run over a pedestrian in the crosswalk but I have been known to bend the rules a little!

joolzmac said...

Some mongrel stole my car park space last night, outside Woolworths! I had my indicator on, waiting for a car to vacate and this muppet just put his indicator on and stole the park! Bitch!

Joolz

Sam-O said...

oops! I have little respect for rules, especially if they are stooopid and stifle creativity.

I actively encourage my students and my kids to challenge rules. Of course you need to have a scale for that to be a practicable approach.

In the case of a supermarket car park I'd call those soft rules and would break them without a second thought.

Road rules on the other hand are hard rules, for obvious safety reasons and I have no problems keeping within those boundaries.

Kymmie said...

Stickler here too. Unless I didn't know...

But that is BAD. Three in as many minutes. SHOCKING!

xx

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