Wow — Motorists in Tallinn Stop For Pedestrians If They Even Think They Are Going to Cross the Street

I  must say that I am pleasantly surprised with the way many motorists follow traffic laws in Tallinn — although the photograph at the top of this article shows a vehicle speeding through a yellow light.

Wow — Motorists in Tallinn Stop For Pedestrians If They Even Think They Are Going to Cross the Street

I found that every single time I approached a crosswalk — and there are plenty of them in Tallinn — if a motorist even thought that I was about to cross the street, he or she would stop. This includes bus drivers.

This was especially true at crosswalks with no traffic control devices. Sometimes I had to turn away and pretend I was doing something else so that they would not have to stop unnecessarily.

Conversely, pedestrians rarely ignored the signal for them to walk or don’t walk — even if there are no vehicles or trams in sight.

Summary

Although there are other locations around the world which follows similar policies and laws, I cannot think of one to which I have been which exceeds what both pedestrians and motorists in Tallinn do.

I was born and raised in New York. I am used to motorists who seemed to speed up their vehicles whenever pedestrians were in the paths of their vehicles — almost as though they were actually trying to run them over.

Just last week in the United States, a woman who paid no attention to the fact that I was walking in a crosswalk with the green light as she turned left and almost ran me over to get into the entrance of a shopping center. There was no sense of remorse or embarrassment on her part. I suppose she really had to get her shopping done.

Yes, I have witnessed motorists in Tallinn who barreled down Viru like they were driving at the Indianapolis 500 — one of them was driving a Bentley, which tended to contradict some of the leftovers of the Soviet Union — but for the most part, I felt quite safe every time I crossed a street in Tallinn…

…no matter how busy…

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Wow — Motorists in Tallinn Stop For Pedestrians If They Even Think They Are Going to Cross the Street”

  1. You should spend more time in the rural US! Whenever I try to Jaywalk in Vermont, with no crosswalk present, people will stop. But I’ve just movedon’t to NYC and can confirm every driver is out to kill you.

  2. Scott says:

    Don’t try crossing anywhere in FL. Since they don’t know how to drive, you are risking life & limb. Lived there ten years and it never ceased to amaze me lol.

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