This is not the case in the Philippines where, as I once had said, crossing the street means to rush for your dear life. Pinoys are geared to accept that the road is made for vehicles and not for man, even if it were made for man.
The jeep is the most notorious of these vehicles. Scarily dressed up with all those banderitas, stickers and shiny steel add-ons, the jeep makes ‘Pimp My Car’ look like a show for Hyundai’s. They even have sound effects to call their audience. We have accepted him as a cultural icon. This is stupid because a bus will carry 5 times as much and only take up thrice as much space. Where’s Optimus Prime when you need him?
Riding the jeep is an adventure in itself. You can read Gagopolis’ article on this.. he’s already said it all. The truth behind all this is because the jeep is an entrepreneurial venture of the driver, he manages it the way he thinks is right. Unlike buses which is usually a corporate investment, the jeep is much harder to regulate. And yet they flourish all over the metropolis.
This is why honking seems to be a way of life in the city (as is the non-acceptance of traffic regulations). The moment the light turns green, one by one the cars begin hitting their horns ..like a domino effect. They wont necessarily have to advance five meters, they’d just have to press it. If you did that here, you’d be dead.
Now let’s talk death; instances where a vehicle would deliberately run over someone they’ve already ran over in order to make sure they weren’t breathing. Yes, jeepney drivers have such dark humor. They do it because the cost of sending someone to the hospital is far greater than sending them to the morgue. And the complication of all the legalities makes it such a hassle to get someone to jail.
Not to say lawmakers should just adopt that 11-year jail time for anyone guilty of killing someone with his/her car, if they did then every sideswipe incident would just be a hit-and-run.