Wow - quite a response with some interesting observations and experiences...
As I live in 'sticksville' I need to drive for a living, (enjoy it in fact!), and try to look after my cars because of this and to keep them in the best condition possible. For my and others safety, the cars longevity, and because I like them and have invested heavily in them.
Unfortunately I seem to be in a diminishing group of people who are remotely considerate of other road users, COMMON SENSE, and OF COURSE the law, (not to mention common sense - did I mention that!?), and have little regard for their own, or others personal or vehicular safety!
I accept the comments that motorists have to 'look out' for pedestrians, but too many pedestrians have little regard for this or their own safety. Too many times, (To confirm once is one time to many!), pedestrians have stepped out into the road requiring me to stand my car on its front bumper to miss them. The )(&^*(&^ of abuse that follows as I was unable to make a 90 degree turn at 30mph in 6 inches NEVER considers that they may have contributed to this themselves.
Should Pedestrians not have a road safety test too! Do we need another 'public information film' on how to survive the high street with your legs intact?
Unfortunately pedestrians may have priority. But if its not used correctly and sympathetically for the motorist, an assumption that you are always in the right, in reality might end up being a painful discovery to the contrary!