December 12, 2007
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A few hints for drivers – particularly, I suspect, in London. When the amber light starts flashing at a pedestrian crossing, this is a signal for you to move off if the crossing is clear. If there are pedestrians still crossing, it is not a signal for you to do any of the following:
- Rev your engine
- Honk your horn
- Creep forward
- Cycle straight over anyway
- Jerk forward three feet and then stop suddenly as if only just noticing the pensioner and limping woman with strangely attractive plastic boot directly in front of your bonnet
These apply especially when the traffic immediately the other side of the crossing is backed up and stationary, you utter twats. Next time you will be slapped with an ‘urban asshole‘ notice.
Incidentally, I was intrigued to learn that crossings that have an island in the middle still count as one crossing (ie, even if you’re less than halfway across when the green man starts to flash, you’re entitled to cross the island and carry on) – rule 197. I had no idea. And technically I can drive, ahahaha (someone, for god’s sake, remind me to send in the form to get my driving licence updated; it’s still registered to my parents’ house, where I haven’t lived for eight years and which they don’t own any more).