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I cannot believe how irresponsible it is for San Diego Police to frame these accidents as "the pedestrian's fault." The "crackdown" they are talking about should be framed 80% at drivers, and 20% at pedestrians. I understand jaywalking is dangerous; pedestrians should be crossing at designated areas. But everywhere I've ever been in Southern California, the truth is that the car is always king. I was hit as a pedestrian once, while getting into my car parked on Santa Monica Blvd in LA. I was violating no laws - just some idiot driver trying to beat rush hour traffic. He hit me and then drove away and thankfully was tracked down by someone else. A car is a very dangerous weapon. The police are right about one thing; if a car is in a contest with a pedestrian, the pedestrian is always going to lose. VBSD and RyGlen make some very, very excellent points as well. Living near El Cajon Blvd. I know all too well about the city's "boulevards" being used as freeways. Does SDPD think that tourists want to come with their families and walk around the Gaslamp district after hearing that 6 people were killed while doing just that, in February alone? I was taught as a driver that pedestrians always have the right of way. Always, always, always. I cannot believe how this is being framed. It truly makes me sick. Pedestrians need to be more cautious, absolutely. But if you are behind the wheel of a car, it is your responsibility to not hit a person and kill them. No matter if they're jaywalking or not. Ugh! I'm so angry about this!!
March 8, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.
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