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Old 03-02-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Central FL
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A guy who has an office on 192 told me that there's always a guy around on a motor wheelchair on the sidewalk. Seems dangerous. What happens if the battery dies?

There's been several peeople kiled/hit on wheelchairs around central FL. Think this was the most recent. Holden Ave/South OBT in Orlando. I think that one happened at 6:30pm. Woman in wheelchair killed when car hits her in Orange County crosswalk - Orlando Sentinel
From the article "They determined that Katherine Scheungrab of Orlando, who was in a crosswalk, failed to yield the right of way to a 1994 Mercury..."

What the heck? So even if you are in the crosswalk, the car still has the right of way? Even up here in backwards Georgia, we have a state law that says cars must yield to anyone in the crosswalk.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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From the article "They determined that Katherine Scheungrab of Orlando, who was in a crosswalk, failed to yield the right of way to a 1994 Mercury..."

What the heck? So even if you are in the crosswalk, the car still has the right of way? Even up here in backwards Georgia, we have a state law that says cars must yield to anyone in the crosswalk.
Yes, that is just terrible reporting.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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OBT is probably the most dangerous road to try to cross between crosswalks. Even using the crosswalks it is still risky, but trying to jaywalk is dang near suicide.

I have seen situations like that lot's of times. 17-92 in Fern park is another dangerous place to jaywalk.
The ridiculous part was they were about 100 feet from the OBT/Sand Lake crosswalk

I see this on North Hiawassee in Pine Hills too by Silver Star. Up until I bought my car, I always cross at crosswalks unless there was a huge break in the traffic and I knew I wouldnt be hit

But yes even crossing at crosswalks is dangerous. Makes me glad I own a car now. I drive down John Young everyday to get to my job in Hunter's Creek, I remember last year when I was car shopping my roommate suggested I get a scooter instead of an actual car. And be outnumber 2 million to 1 by cars on John Young? Yeah right!

Orlando is the most dangerous city in the US for pedestrians anyways. I remember seeing that on Channel 9 awhile back.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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The ridiculous part was they were about 100 feet from the OBT/Sand Lake crosswalk

I see this on North Hiawassee in Pine Hills too by Silver Star. Up until I bought my car, I always cross at crosswalks unless there was a huge break in the traffic and I knew I wouldnt be hit

But yes even crossing at crosswalks is dangerous. Makes me glad I own a car now. I drive down John Young everyday to get to my job in Hunter's Creek, I remember last year when I was car shopping my roommate suggested I get a scooter instead of an actual car. And be outnumber 2 million to 1 by cars on John Young? Yeah right!

Orlando is the most dangerous city in the US for pedestrians anyways. I remember seeing that on Channel 9 awhile back.
Yeah I knew a dude who bought a scooter as his main transport. Forunately it got stolen before he could get himself killed
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Yeah I knew a dude who bought a scooter as his main transport. Forunately it got stolen before he could get himself killed
That thief must have been pretty desperate to have stolen that scooter, although some of them can go quite fast, I'd still be too afraid to drive one on John Young or I-4, it might get 80= miles to a gallon, but I'd feel safer in my 2003 Nissan Altima thanks!
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: NoVA
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What are cops supposed to do? Are they supposed to pull over, miraculously fit an electric wheelchair into the trunk of their cruisers and give him a ride every single time they see him in the road? The fact is, most of America is wheelchair-inaccessible, and I'm not saying I like that BUT that's just the way our country is structured AND the cops really do have more pressing issues to contend with than to transport the disabled. There are services just for that purpose, and the fact that this man isn't using these services for whatever reason, is a whole other topic and could be indicative of a much bigger issue.

He'll probably be killed one day and there's not much you can do about it, other than simply hoping that he doesn't have a child in his lap when it finally happens.
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