Angry Jaywalker Smashes Into Pole While Staring Out Driver
If you're going to treat drivers with contempt then at least make sure you don't look stupid doing so.
That's the lesson an Ontario jaywalker learnt this summer, after his defiance of the Canadian province's road crossing laws came crashing down in somewhat embarrassing fashion.
The clip from June was recently released by RR&BD Driving School as part of a cautionary compilation showing dangerous driving; however it's the Canadian street stepper who's gone viral after he was filmed on a dashcam stepping onto a Hamilton road, causing the camera owner and driver to halt to a sudden stop.
Clearly fuming, the black-clad pedestrian fixed an angry stare on whoever it was behind the wheel as he marched across the road - and didn't spot the large pole at the road side until it was too late, banging into it head first.
The jaywalker tried to brush it off and walk away as if nothing had happened but unfortunately for him the internet is now all too aware of his pole-axing.
A couple of questions arise: why wear all-black in Hamilton in the middle of summer, where temperatures are an average of 26 degrees celsius? Secondly, if you are choosing to dress like heat's greatest turn-on then why rush about? Take your time, keep cool and find a crossing, mate.
Either way, I hope this jaywalker has learnt his lesson.
While in the UK jaywalking isn't a punishable offence, the majority of North America takes a dim view of crossing the road anywhere other than at designated points.
The current law in Ontario doesn't explicitly mention jaywalking but does say that pedestrians must cross the road where a crosswalk is provided or else face a fine of CAN$50, with many courts adding further fees on top.
In this instance, our friend here was simply a victim of his own anger.
However, in some cities it's people texting while crossing the road that's had lawmakers considering new measures to ensure driver and pedestrian safety.
In May this year, CNN reported that New York was considering issuing fines to anyone caught texting while crossing the road. Fines could range from $25 to $50 and would cover texting, checking emails and browsing the internet.
While such a move would inevitably cut down the amount of undeniably hilarious viral videos that frequently surface around texting-related accidents, it would also ensure greater safety on the streets and roads which - on reflection - is probably more important.
Featured Image Credit: RR&BD Driving School