Re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]
Originally Posted by Jerry
Yielding is a separate issue.
Cars have to yield to pedestrians even when pedestrians do not have the right of way. That doesn't mean pedestrians have the right of way. That means cars have to yield to them. That the pedestrian does not have the right of way is exactly the thing which makes their action a crime. If they had the right of way then what they're doing wouldn't be a crime.
When you say pedestrians always have the right of way, you're saying pedestrians can go wherever they want and it's never a crime. That's not true. In the state this occurred in those pedestrians were jaywalking and obstructing traffic. Those pedestrians did not have the right of way.
Oh my God the semantics in this thread. Okay, unlike your buddy who won't admit that you don't have to be physically run over by tires to say you've been run over, I'll concede this point. Though I will stand by my guns that it's not okay to intentionally run over pedestrians.