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To the woman driving the car with Quebec license 036 BNL: stop driving like an asshat!

February 14, 2008 @ 01:27 By: gordon Category: General

While crossing Scott Street on my way home from work Wednesday evening I was almost clipped by a car before I had finished crossing at the lights.  A car with Quebec plates (036 BNL) was turning right from Holland Avenue onto Scott Street.  While I was still in the crosswalk, this car turned and passed within a foot of me as it rounded the corner.  Fortunately, they didn’t actually hit me, but if they’d come much closer, they could well have caught the strap on my briefcase with their side mirror and who knows how that would have ended.

As anyone familiar with the Highway Traffic Act, which is supposed to be anyone driving a vehicle in the province of Ontario, knows pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk.  Given that I was crossing with the light, there’s no question that I had the right-of-way.  So did the other people in the crosswalk following a few feet behind me who she drove in front of when she was ignoring the rules of the road.

So, I appeal to the woman who was driving the car in question: please stop driving so recklessly and be more respectful of the pedestrians crossing the street when you approach a crosswalk.