"Crossing the road." United Kingdom Warnings Or Dangers Tip by mwe
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To claim right of way on a pedestrian crossing in UK you must put your foot on it, merely standing on the footpath near a crossing is not considered intent to use a crossing.
The danger concerns a situation which happens on an almost weekly basis where someone's actually crossing the road & some idiot is tearing along at twice the speed-limit & mows down the pedestrian.
Even though it should be obvious what the consequences of speeding in a built-up area might be & despite persistent protests (by the general public) over soft-sentencing, the judiciary still treat this kind of thing as a tragic accident & hand out a fine of less than the average weekly wage, or a very light prison sentence of around one year, to the speeding driver who kills or maims a pedestrian.
...This happens even in cases where the offending driver has no licence (e.g. under-age or disqualified through previous convictions), no insurance, has defective tyres & brakes, fails to stop after the crash, drives off laughing, shows no remorse & is only concerned about resulting light cosmetic collision damage to their vehicle.
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