Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crossing at a Crosswalk

Have you ever thought of how safe it is to cross at a crosswalk?

You are actually safer jaywalking then you are crossing at a marked crosswalk. Why? Well, it all has to do with how the brain interprets patterns. When the human brain sees something it is used to, it turns down its "situational awareness". So, when crossing at a crosswalk, both the pedestrian and the driver aren't paying their full attention to the safe crossing because they are used to crosswalks. Now, when you are jaywalking, pedestrians are actually paying more attention to ensure there are no cars that are going to run them over! Furthermore, drivers notice the oddity of having someone crossing that they pay more attention.

So, it doesn't seem that more speed bumps and lights is the solution.

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