An elderly woman was killed on a zebra crossing yesterday in Heaton, north Bradford. This unfortunately doesn’t surprise me. I use a zebra crossing every day when going to university, which to most drivers seems invisible. Today, when standing at the kerb waiting to cross, no less than 5 cars went past before one stopped to let me cross – yet from what I gather it is mandatory to stop at a zebra crossing when someone is stood at the kerbside.
That said, it seems that many people in Bradford feel the Highway Code just doesn’t apply to them full stop. If you ever want to see examples of atrociously bad driving, come up here one day and stand by the roadside for a bit.
Shearbridge Road, a nearby street that runs along the western edge of the university campus, has at least three points were people have come off the road and crashed in the past year. Yet the road is fine – it’s how people drive on it.