March 31, 2015 12:58 AM
Drivers stopped more often at crosswalks if pedestrians looked directly into their eyes
To reduce the chance of getting hit when crossing a street, pedestrians might want to stare at the oncoming drivers, a study suggests.
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March 31, 2015 1:00 AM
A reciprocated look, while making recognition of the other more likely, also normally requires a mutual pause, providing greater mutual caution, a factor which also might reduce accidents.
March 31, 2015 12:59 AM
I do the same thing when I ride my Harley, especially at intersections and when passing a vehicle on the highway.
We live near a college town, and see how many of the students walk to a corner, looking down at their cell phones, and step off the corner into the crosswalk without looking up, and seeing that your car is already in it! Talk about the need to drive defensively. They are beyond self absorbed, and it does not bode well for society.
Breast reconstruction is a life-saver! In Canada.Oh, but the really significant facts were not studied: hormone receptor status, and adjuvant chemo and/or radiation therapy.Thus this study should never have been done. It generates attention and is then relegated to the trash can by the knowledgeable. Which excludes the WSJ reporter and the general public. But plastic surgeons will use it to justify reconstructions. Arrgh!
March 31, 2015 12:58 AM
Eye contact has been shown to enhance the perception of a person’s status and dominance and it may be seen as an implicit order to stop, the researchers said.That's silly. Motorcycle safety trainers have been teaching this for a long time. A driver can look at you and not see you in the sense that you don't "register" in their mind. When you make eye contact, it is more likely to register, and you have greater confidence that they weren't looking over your shoulder at the truck down the road.But be advised, a driver can look straight into your eyes and still not "see" you. That's the number one explanation from drivers that hit motorcyclists: I looked, but just didn't see him. The reason is that they're looking for cars and trucks, not motorcycles. They look straight through you.I think from my experience that drivers have a similar deficiency with pedestrians. I rode, and I make a separate scan for pedestrians.
You really don't need a study to learn the best way to cross a street. I am always wondering why there are some idiots crossing a street without looking. As if they wished to tease drivers to hit them. It is so simple to look, and if needed wait a few seconds to safely cross a street. But there will always be idiots in this world.
Decades ago, as a motorcyclist, I recall reading the articles about eye contact w/ the crazed and deranged four wheelers. Logic wuz yea, they'd make eye contact w/ you, right before they ran you over!Conclusion then wuz forget about eye contact. It means nothing. Just watch their wheels. It's the best you can do.