In Europe and/or probably elsewhere, it is a must for drivers to stop at zebra crossing in order to let pedestrians cross the road. While I was in Austria for holidays, I was told by my friend that you will be caught and given a penalty if you disobey the rule. And they really mean it unlike our authorities in Malaysia.

Sadly, this is not the case in Malaysia. Most of Malaysian drivers do not stop (or even slow down!!) at zebra crossing. Regardless whether there are pedestrians or not, these drivers tend to drive pass zebra crossing without giving priority to the pedestrians. In Malaysia, you could only cross the road if there is no cars or motorcycles nearby or if there is traffic lights (for pedestrians). Either that or you are up for 50 meter sprint because drivers here are speed devils and they treat pedestrians like moving targets wind…

So, please make an effort to stop when you, the driver, are at pedestrian crossing a.k.a. zebra crossing. Regardless whether it is black and white or yellow and white or yellow and black stripes, they serve a purpose; that is for pedestrians to cross the road safely. If you are being pressured by the cars behind you, show them the International Sign of Language, “ mlm “. At least you are doing a right thing for once.



4 Comments

  1. I agree!!!!!!!! I went to Italy, France and Spain and in all these countries the zebra crossings are taken very seriously. I mean we have cars, they have to walk so its more trouble for them to wait then for us to wait. Btw since I went to Europe I always give pedastrians priority and stop at every zebra crossing :)

  2. John : In overseas, they’ll be charged if they break the law (of ignoring pedestrians crossing). That’s pretty much explains the behaviour in this country. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. I fucking hate to cross the roads in Malaysia, my own country due to this!

  4. sadly, most of the brainless drivers will speed up to “pass over” the zebra crossing. especially the moment they saw pedestrians appear on side of zebra crossing. coz thy just cant fuqing wait for the 1 min.