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Kill the pedestrian

April 7, 2009


Lawrence Ferlinghetti once said that cars are the trend that got out of hand. Yesterday I almost died, twice, because of a trend. Rio de Janeiro and Tehran are the two cities where you can count on experiencing battery acid levels of fear as a pedestrian. In both cities, drivers actually speed up rather than slow down their 4,000 lb. vehicles when they see you crossing the street (regardless of who has the right of way). What makes otherwise ordinary, tax-paying, we-do-in-the-missionary-position drivers aspire to such zealotry, all with their anonymity and car insurance intact?

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