New Hampshire drivers, what is wrong with you?
When I’m standing at a signaled crosswalk (waiting for my little light-up man) at an intersection, it is not helpful for you to stop at your green light and wave me across. This isn’t a nice gesture. It’s annoying. It is especially annoying for the folks in the cars behind you, who are likely not expecting you to stop for no reason at a green light. I am totally not in a hurry. I can wait the minute and a half it takes for that charming little fellow to light up.
If I decide to follow the traffic laws and stay put which, as a pedestrian, I am expected to do, it’s also annoying for you to give me a hard time about it by making rude gestures and yelling.
When I am walking at a leisurely pace along a straight stretch of road and am approaching an intersection of a smaller side street that you desire to turn on to, it is not kind of you to wave me across. You’re not in a turning lane; there are people behind you who desire to go forward. Secondly, I don’t even have a crosswalk. Lastly, most importantly, I am approximately ten paces from the road you are turning on to. Go ahead and turn, for crying out loud. And don’t sneer at me when I make the intelligent decision not to change my pace just so I can give you the satisfaction of doing a good thing. It is not a good thing. It is a dumb thing. Stop being so dumb.
Here’s the thing, folks: the only time I have right of way is when I am following my lights or already in a crosswalk. Otherwise, kindly go about your driving business; it’s not going to offend me. I promise I won’t think you’re impolite.