The roads have never been busier, and new rules and procedures have been introduced in recent years that make them more dangerous than ever, for pedestrians.
Few Peds seem to understand Yellow Box Junctions.
They fail to realise that a vehicle can be stationary on one side of a Box even though they still have the right of way under a green light and are only stopping to wait for the traffic on the other side of the Box to move forward, allowing the stationary vehicle to cross. The look of shock on the face of the Ped as they cross in front of the temporarily stationary vehicle and into the path of moving traffic (turning left in the next lane) has to be seen to be believed.
The same applies when they cross a lane of stationary traffic and narrowly miss being hit by a bus coming rapidly down the otherwise empty Bus Lane.
These are probably the same Peds who, on seeing a large commercial vehicle with limited visibility, attempting a reversing manoeuvre into a tight space, will run Lemming-like into the steadily decreasing gap between the vehicle and the place it is reversing into, rather than waiting safely and allowing the driver to compete the manoeuvre. One day they will get squashed. A driver can only look in ONE MIRROR AT A TIME and if they run behind the truck on the left while he is checking the mirror on the right...
And they are probably the same Peds who suddenly and without looking, turn off the pavement and walk onto a Zebra Crossing without giving passing traffic any real chance of stopping for them.
And they are the same Peds who cross a road when the Little Red Man is clearly telling them not to. They do not understand why the vehicles are still moving. Perhaps they think they have the right to be in the road whenever they like? Under that rule, can't vehicles drive on the pavement?
The rules of the road are there to keep EVERYONE safe. But they only work if EVERYONE (including Peds!) knows, understands, and obeys them.
Do you remember the old 1950's Public Information Films made to educate the populous? I think they need to be brought back.