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Saturday, January 19, 2019

2 stories of children either being struck by car or almost struck by car while trying to get to school bus this past week in Nashville

2 stories of children either being struck by car or almost struck by car while trying to get to school bus this past week in Nashville




Nashvillians are not known for their pedestrian culture.  We don't seem to know what to do when we encounter a walker in the roadway.   Despite there being a 3' passing rule, the same as for bicycles, I can attest that this is not often being followed.


Pedestrians are to walk against traffic (walker should be 'face to face' with the driver).  This facilitates being seen.  It is also the law. 


It is also the law to yield to pedestrians (even if they are in the wrong ie) jaywalking). 






When a school bus is stopped, drivers are supposed to stop.  There were 2 stories in the news this week, one of a 12 year old who was struck trying to get to her school bus and another of a boy nearly hit while doing the same.


This should be an eye opener for all of us.  SLOW DOWN for PEDESTRIANS.  YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS. 


Even if walkers are moving slow, they have the right of way!





Woodmont story


12 year old struck by bus










Weight of a car vs an average person




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20 is plenty when pedestrians are about







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