In most cities I've lived in, people are dying by gangs, gunfire, murder, stabbings, or fires. Here in Shiteattle, there's an excessive daily obsession with pedestrians getting ran over. The media always puts a spin on the story to make the driver to be malicious.
In 2012, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available, there were 2,038 pedestrians involved in Washington State accidents that resulted in injury or death. Seventy-five of those pedestrians died, 337 of those pedestrians suffered serious injuries, and the rest of the pedestrians suffered minor injuries.
Whether the drivers or pedestrians were inattentive, one thing is certain, too many fucking people are croaking here like frogger! From my experience, most pedestrians don't make eye contact with drivers and just lunge towards the crosswalk. Regardless of "I'm a pedestrian, stop for me, it's the law!" bullshit, I do NOT cross streets until I'm 200% certain the driver is going to stop. I tend to have little sympathy for this insular epidemic that plagues Seattle.
I avoid driving in Seattle just for this reason. Even if you accidentally injure a ditsy pedestrian, the media and hippy crowd will come after you with pitchforks and fire pokers. Fuck Seattle and it's foot and bike superiority complex.
Either all Seattle drivers are blissfully stupid of their surroundings, or pedestrians pull the "fuck you I'm 190 lbs soaking wet and your 3300 lb car will stop for me" attitude.
It's amazing all these news story in less than six months.
I was surprised to find Seattle way low on the # deaths per capita compared to other cities, yet, Seattle media sensationalizes all these deaths to the point it's implied to be like a capital murder charge around here.
yes, Seattle Drivers are stupid too.
RANT To the driver on Interstate 5 who reacted to a police cruiser approaching from behind at 75 mph, sirens blaring, lights flashing, by bringing her car to a dead stop — in the fast lane! The cop had to slam on his brakes, then go around her. If you don’t know how to respond to an emergency vehicle, you have no business driving!