Thursday, March 12, 2009

Right of Way

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It’s crazy how D just steps off the curb and proceeds walking along the pedestrian lane oblivious to the onslaught of speeding vehicles coming from who knows where. I had to explain to him, here in Manila you have to look in all directions before you attempt to cross the road. Drivers won’t stop even if there’s a pedestrian lane or a red light. He protests, but it’s my right of way! Yes, that may be the case but what’s the use of claiming that it’s your right of way if you’re already maimed or killed? Right of way is neither enforced nor followed here. Everywhere I see impatient motorcycle riders sneaking and snaking their vehicles even into the tightest of spaces, using the sidewalk--originally meant for people going on foot and not on wheels--just to escape traffic jams. They just can not and will not wait for their turn. It’s so exasperating how they bend the rules to their advantage, acting as if they own both the road and the sidewalk. For us lowly people without wheels, walking, once beneficial to our health, has now become a hazard.

10 comments:

Amelia said...

I understand D. It's really different in Manila pedestrian lanes are no longer respected. just sad but it's the reality. More often than not drivers don't follow traffic rules. Chaos!!!

jacqueline said...

yeah! well, even us car riders are most of the time pissed off with how these motorcycle riders behave on the road. it's as if they can't afford to stop. there were a lot of times that we were almost on collision with these guys. even if they have been asked to stop, they just wouldn't! king of the road, they feel they are, i guess!

Anonymous said...

i never respected pedestrians when i drove a jeepney/tuk-tuk/taxi but always avoided maiming or killing anyone. i can't afford a forced day off. my extended family is depending on my daily wage. :)

in my neck of the woods pedestrians can cross anytime (right of way) when the road is painted with zebra crossing stripes and there are no other traffic lights.

witsandnuts said...

I was just reading this lonely planet feed about Manila and it says, "It should be noted that Filipino bus drivers are among the most maniacal on the face of the earth, although the number of accidents is surprisingly low."

Kayni said...

just like what my dad said, "it's better alive than die defending your right of way." i've lived by it in my years of driving and being a pedestrian.

Agnes said...

Angeli;

I absolutely love the way you write.

Angeli said...

hello agnes. thank you. :)

kayni, your dad is right. it's better to always be careful.

hi wits. how are motorists there in your part of the world? i bet they are much more disciplined than what we have here. :)

hey anonymous. those zebra stripes are just for aesthetics here. :) by the way, i never knew you were once a jeepney/tuktuk/taxi driver. that, added to your role as a self-appointed chauffeur. :)

hi jac. yeah, you are right. sobrang nakakainis nga.

hello amelia. you said it right. chaos is the perfect for it.

Anonymous said...

@angeli - i drove kariton/kalesa and people crazy and mad too. now i prefer to be a back seat driver. but what i really want is to get a hearse, stick a funeral flag on top and drive through stop lights/signs legally(?). a way to beat the traffic. :)

Angeli said...

oh, the wang wang used by ambulances / police officers / VIPs are much more effective. :)

witsandnuts said...

The motorists here are generally more disciplined but as to driving, majority drive like hell. As in full speed. =)

 
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