Friday, January 05, 2007

Friday News 'N Notes

Well, it's almost time for the one weekend out of four that isn't long...

- Pedestrian fatalities in MoCo nearly doubled from last year, according to police. Of the eighteen deaths, only three peds were using the crosswalk when they were hit. I'm just surprised the number was so low, based on the ridiculous pedestrian behavior I see in downtown Silver Spring nearly every day. Perhaps MoCo needs a "Pedestrian Master Plan" like D.C. has, but I suppose there's only so much you can do to account for stupidity/arrogance.



I kinda like the idea of stenciling an outline of where a pedestrian was killed, only here it can serve as a warning to peds as well as drivers.

- On January 14th, director David Lynch will hold a Q&A session at the AFI Silver after a screening of his new film, INLAND EMPIRE. Following his appearance, a dwarf will take the stage and dance.

- Ike Leggett is hoping for $2 million from the state to bring the Birchmere to Silver Spring. So, what if he doesn't get it? Does the sign come down?

- Apparently there were quite a few unmarked police cars congregated around the intersection of Spring St. & 16th St. on Wednesday night. Anyone got any details on what brought them there?



7 comments:

Rfustero said...

In the old days, if you wanted to open a business who looked for investors, saved money and got a loan from the bank.

Why is Montgomery County spending 2 million dollars to move the Birchmere to Silver Spring. If the owners want to move to Silver Spring- let them spend their money.

Anonymous said...

Almost ran over yet another group of teenage boys last night who were moseying across the middle of the street and who might as well have been dressed up as black ghosts. Stupidity and arrogance, indeed.

Anonymous said...

I am curious. What if cars have a green light, yet a pedestrian nonetheless steps out onto the crosswalk at the light? Is that jaywalking, or not, since the pedestrian is in a crosswalk? This happens all the time in downtown Silver Spring and ties up traffic for blocks. Cars can't proceed at green lights.

Anonymous said...

Right. The stencil should read "Killed by jaywalking" in the appropriate cases.

Twoste said...

YEAH! DAVID LYNCH!

fuz said...

Theoretically, liability depends on whether a person displaying reasonable caution in their driving would also have hit the person. So if a jogger jumps in front of your car, and you have no time to react, you're not on the hook.

This gets more complicated if it's just a case of "they were dressed in black and not in the crosswalk and I didn't see them".

IANAL of course.

barnes said...

I hope Lynch brings his cow.