I've just been out driving and twice I came to some folks crossing the road and they were dawdling like it was not a road but a park or something. I slowed down and gave way to them without coming anywhere nearer than about 20 yards. It's a habit I got from when I worked in PNG because the rule there is that folks have right of way to walk anywhere. There cannot be any fences either. But getting back to my point here - what is it that makes drivers of automobiles ordinarily get selfish when they see someone crossing the road? As an example, it's not really safe to even cross the road at an intersection with lights, nor at a proper pedestrian crossing. How does this attitude develop among drivers? It annoys me a bit when people appear to be deliberately dawdling, but I still have this profound respect for life. I can't even run over a frog or insect on my bike. The thought to me is that life is a delicate and marvelous thing that is to be treasured. I suppose, if someone is a threat to me I feel they should be put down. But I can't see that anyone could perceive someone crossing the street as a threat, so how does this attitude arise?