Road Safety!

February 18th, 2013, 7:17 am

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Reply NtKGar, February 18th, 2013, 7:39 am

This is a follow-up to strip #666. We're all about public education, oh yes.

I like doing these occasional breaks from the main comic. We'll be back to our regular programming on Wednesday :)

Vote incentive for today is Aleister on vacation

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Reply ihas2know (Guest), February 18th, 2013, 12:59 pm

best advice... EVER!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Lycos (Guest), February 18th, 2013, 11:52 pm

God I hate when people repeatedly push the button, or when they get to the lights, see its red and waiting to change, and still find it needed to press the button.

Reply Licourtrix, February 19th, 2013, 7:40 pm

@Lycos Depending on the system it may not give you the walk signal unless the button has been pressed. So if you walk up to a light in certain areas and its possible no one else has pushed it, better to do it. After all, it doesn't penalize you for pushing the button that has already been pushed.

Reply NtKGar, February 20th, 2013, 4:43 am

Most of the time the button just lights up the 'Wait' sign. It's there so you can feel like you're doing something while waiting for the lights to change.

It provides the illusion of control, but it's a placebo. In low-traffic areas, the lights might be connected to the button, but most of the time that's not the case.

It's not that the button doesn't work, it works perfectly, it's just not directed at the portion of traffic that has wheels.

People press the button, the 'wait' sign lights up, and they wait. Result! Sure, it prevents a bunch of potential star dodgeball players discovering their true ability, but it also cuts back on road deaths, so we'll call it a plus.

The sign reminds you to trust the city engineers who worked out the timing of the lights. They went to college. Their guess as to the frequency at which pedestrians cross the road is well-educated, and well-intentioned. Somebody somewhere wants you to get wherever you're going, you've just got to give it a minute.

This small subliminal reassurance that the world does indeed care reminds us to value our safety, and be patient. And that releases endorphins into your brain!

It's free and you can do it as many times as you want!

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