As a pedestrian in London, I have on many occasions been ignored by motorists when crossing a zebra crossing and would have been hit had I not anticipated the failure to stop and waited. I feel like motorists (and cyclists) are becoming less considerate and are not properly checking for pedestrians when approaching a zebra crossing. There is no excuse in my opinion since they are well lit and clearly visible.
I am writing here since a friend of mine has recently been hit by a car that did not 'see' him as he stepped out onto the zebra crossing. His ankle was hit by the bumper and the wing mirror hit his side. He is fortunate the accident was not more severe. However, the driver did not notice straight away and only stopped once she was a few metres away from the zebra crossing. I feel this happens all too often and know of cases where people have died on zebra crossings.
I would like to see zebra crossings included in safety campaigns. I hear adverts on the radio as well as see them on the TV. I think it would be beneficial to remind people of the rules regarding zebra crossings and to generally raise awareness. Do others feel this would be beneficial or are there are other things that could be done?