A DRIVER of a bus in South Street had the audacity to sound his/her vehicle’s built-in warning device used to warn of their approach to pedestrians seemingly in La La land, wandering absent-mindedly into the path of oncoming traffic (re Councillor David Chapman’s letter, Herald, January 13), or even other vehicles.
Think about this. If the bus driver had not sounded the horn and you suddenly came alive to your surroundings, not knowing which way to run, causing the driver to brake hard, where do you think the passengers would be?
My guess, in a pile directly behind the driver.
I would say it was a fortunate for you it wasn’t in west London where I drove a four-tonne carrier for GPO telephones which had a klaxon horn with exhaust that sounded like a rocket when one accelerated.
The Chapel Road and South Street demarcation between the pedestrian area and road/highway, according to Councillor Chapman, is not clear.
Well, the council highways must have entered the area covertly, removed the kerb and lowered the pavement to road level, then quickly departed before I found out.
I am disappointed. I thought the council would have at least have given notice of intent via Herald notices.
For years, there was a crossing code called “kerb drill”, aimed at pedestrian safety.
It is now named the “Green Cross Code”. Adopt it and you won’t experience drivers sounding their horns at you.