Part of the reason for this is poor infrastructure. My walk to the grocery store takes me along a road with no sidewalks. I've had some close calls with distracted drivers who are paying more attention to their cellphone than the road.
Another problem is at crosswalks. On Sunday, I was returning from the grocery store with a knapsack full of coffee. I stepped into a crosswalk. An entitled middle-aged woman with a DAR bumper sticker was moving like a bat out of hell even though she had a stop sign. She missed my knees by about an inch.
"What the hell is wrong with you?" I shouted, none too happy at almost being bowled over. She said nothing, then turned alongside me, and shouted, "You're supposed to stop for cars.!" She then tore off.
I realize I'm a 70 yo bottom-feeding blogger, and none too popular. But there are also lots of kids who walk the streets of Nazareth as well as mothers pushing baby carts.
So just as I suggested we should be nice to school bus drivers, we should also be nice to and look out for pedestrians.