Man Learns The Hard Way The Dangers Of Jaywalking

Hey kids! What’s the lesson here?

This happened in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province on Sunday. The pedestrian is a 50-year-old who is currently in the hospital undergoing treatment, reportedly fighting for his life.

Jaywalking is dangerous.

15 Responses to “Man Learns The Hard Way The Dangers Of Jaywalking”

  1. Meego

    Jaywalking? That looks like a zebra crossing without traffic lights.

    The lesson is not that jaywalking is dangerous, the lesson is that traffic in China (and many other places) is dangerous even if you follow the rules.

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  2. wafflestomp

    Looks more like a shitty driver really. The guy was a single step from the middle of the road. Look at the angle where the car comes from. Like wtf.

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  3. mano

    Look at the asshole who goes around into the wrong lane at 35 seconds!!! Throw that guy under the lifted car and drop it on him.

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  4. Fred Ollinger

    You do realize that most people who die, at least in the United States, in motor vehicle accidents are _inside_ the vehicles? So if jaywalking is deadly, motoring is even more deadly.

    In fact, the main danger for pedestrians is not, as your article implies, jaywalking, but rather motor vehicles. Period.

    Even a cursory look at motor vehicle collisions will show that in many cases people were killed due to no fault of their own such as standing on the sidewalk.

    The motorist tends to get little to no penalty in proportion to the massive amount of pain that they have caused another human and their family.

    And yet your article seems to imply that people who walk are _solely_ responsible for their own safety which implies that motorists bear no responsiblity for the control of the piece of heavy machinery that they chose to operate in public.

    Surely, you can see that this is not only biased towards irresponsible motoring but also encourages it? After all, if the pedestrian is hurt, we can always pin it on the victim.

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  5. Loopins

    He wasn’t even looking to the left when he was crossing the road…he was already looking to the right in assumption that the left hand side was either clear or they would stop for him…typical attitude of many people in this country. Do they even teach them how to cross the road when they are children?

    Also stupid driver for not seeing him and then going into the oncoming traffic and potentially killing himself and the other driver.

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    • Jay

      In China the law used to be: If a car hits a pedestrian, the car is always at fault.

      The law has changed, but people’s attitudes have not, so you see people crossing the road in China as if they are immortal, and unable to be injured.

      I’m sure if the driver had seen him in time, they would have slowed or stopped, while angrily blasting the horn.

      Getting into a car accident is trouble, and most people would prefer to avoid trouble if at all possible.

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  6. Fred Ollinger

    The whole notion of “teaching how to cross the road” was a US motor industry answer to the PR nightmare that they suffered when it turned out that users of their products were killing thousands of people a year.

    Outrage ensued that almost got cars banned all together which was sensible seeing as it is the #1 killer of people below 34.

    Instead of making their products safer or allowing their customers to be responsible and accountable, they started a “blame the victim crusade.”

    Now it’s “common sense” that pedestrians have to, like deer in the woods, be on guard at all times for motor vehicles. This totally changed the character our or largest public space, the streets.

    This article totally buys into this motor-centric paradigm and creates a sense of false equality from the innocent and harmless pedestrian and the person who chose to operate, in public, dangerous machinery.

    Here’s more information on the propaghanda campaign that makes us thick when it comes to personal responsibility:

    “A key moment, says Norton, was a petition signed by 42,000 people in Cincinnati in 1923 to limit the speed of cars mechanically to 25mph (40kph). Though the petition failed, an alarmed auto industry scrambled to shift the blame for pedestrian casualties from drivers to walkers.”

    Then clowns were employed to “portray jaywalkers as a throwback to rural, ignorant, pre-motor age ways,” and Boy Scouts handed out fliers to pedestrians to inform them of the rightful position on the street (i.e., the sidewalk).

    The anti-jaywalking agenda also infiltrated newspapers and education, et voilà: “Anti-jaywalking laws were adopted in many cities in the late 1920s, and became the norm by the 1930s.”

    http://www.planetizen.com/node/67354

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  7. D

    China has 5,000 years of history. We all know that China has its own characteristics and conditions. In a word, it is not proper for you to apply Western concepts of traffic navigation to China.

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  8. Serik

    I agree that jaywalking is very common in China. However, its a zebra crossing! The car driver is clarely at fault, he should stop a the crossing.
    There is even a sign there. There is no traffic light there, so what the poor guy is supposed to do?
    And we dont see in the video, if he looked left before crossing, it starts with the man alredy crossing.

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  9. benji

    The only law applicable in the PRC is might, and bluff, in the reverse order. First you huff and bluff – i.e. hit me if you dare, then when bluff turns to tangible contact/confrontation, the whoever got the bigger fist (might) wins the day.
    In this case, the jaywalker bluffed, and ends up in ICU. Another typical day in the motherland.

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