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    Default Walking behind a car reversing

    I love the DR. It is like having an ugly mother but I cannot understand why so many people go out of their way to walk behind a car that is reversing? A Dominican buddy says they want to make you stop because they can, another says they want you to hit them so they can sue, and another says it is because so many are just one step removed from the country life they do it because they do not realize the driver may not stop. What do you think?

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    I live in Canada and people do this here all the time, I think they are just abscent minded.
    I drive all the time in the DR and noticed nothing different. Me thinks they just arent thinking or they just
    expect you to stop for them.

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    It's the person's responsibility who is DRIVING the car to look both ways to make sure there is no one coming BEFORE they begin to reverse. Just because a car is bigger doesn't mean they automatically have the right of way.... although that is often the mentality here in DR...

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    I have a different theory. I believe it has to do with the fact that the Dominican Republic is a collectivist society. Dominicans believe on faith that everyone else is looking out for them. On the roadways it never ceases to amaze me the number of what appear to me as just completely stupid acts. People are always walking right in front of my car. People will open their door right into the active lane without regard for oncoming cars... or will just step out of their car into the street without looking. My only explanation is that they are truly confident that if someone is coming, they will move out of the way or slow down. I've lost count the number of times I've had to pull off the road to avoid a head-on collision. The obsession with passing the car in front of you in this country borders on lunacy. I've never seen a group of people in such a hurry to go nowhere and do nothing.

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    I think you have noticed something you will find anywhere in the world, people walk behind reversing cars. When crossing a road and you need to nip through a gap it is inevitable.

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    It's the person's responsibility who is DRIVING the car to look both ways to make sure there is no one coming BEFORE they begin to reverse. Just because a car is bigger doesn't mean they automatically have the right of way.... although that is often the mentality here in DR...

    it is not often the mentality. it is ALWAYS the mentality. in over 20 years in this country, i have NEVER seen a car yielding to a pedestrian. i learnt, almost immediately, that might is right in the DR. in the USA, the motorist is charged with the responsibility to look out for the pedestrian. that is why you get a 250 dollar fine in NYC for entering the crosswalk with a pedestrian in it. in the DR, if you are crossing the street, and a car is turning into the crosswalk, he takes the position that you should get out of his way, because he has the car, and you do not. my police officer friends who work in upper manhattan tell me that they give out handfuls of summonses to Dominicans for violating the crosswalks, because they just cannot understand how things function in the USA, in that regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tink23 View Post
    It's the person's responsibility who is DRIVING the car to look both ways to make sure there is no one coming BEFORE they begin to reverse. Just because a car is bigger doesn't mean they automatically have the right of way.... although that is often the mentality here in DR...
    Of course it is the driver's responsibility.

    But after you check and confirm that there is no one coming, and start reversing, suddenly they appear at the extreme edge of your field of view. Usually that happens in parking lots. It is irritating to the driver that even though his reverse lights are showing he is in reverse gear, AND he is moving, that a person will still walk across and behind the car. The driver stops, and thanks his lucky stars that he did not hit the person, because that person would be injured, and it would be his fault.

    It is almost as though the pedestrian is saying, "go ahead,hit me, I don't care as it will be your fault" and not thinking about the pain he may be about to suffer. Stupid!

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    The post by westcan is the situation I am referring to. I have seen people change direction to purposely walk behind my car. As a whole Dominicans are not stupid so there has to be a reason which may be a combination of those mentioned.

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    "The obsession with passing the car in front of you in this country borders on lunacy. I've never seen a group of people in such a hurry to go nowhere and do nothing." I think I know part of the answer to the foregoing. It is that a lot of people are working using a car to perform a task but their boss knows how long it takes. If they can shave some time they can use it to do a private errand or just show their friends that they are driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tink23 View Post
    Just because a car is bigger doesn't mean they automatically have the right of way....
    Wanna bet? That is the #1 unwritten traffic rule.

    Abiding by first world traffic laws, even the written Dominican traffic laws, is a great way to have an accident here.

    You may have the "right of way" but you alsomight be smashed, maimed and killed. That's little consolation for being "right."

    It's safer to deal with how driving here is, as opposed to how it should be.

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