the way drivers ignore pedestrian crossings, chance it at red lights, overtake, etc is beyond stupidity.
those who plan the roads appear clueless too.
Agreed. I used to get frustrated when pedestrians either waited to cross when I had stopped or just waved me on. Then I saw how drivers just ignore the fact someone has stopped for a pedestrian and drive straight over the crossing without a care.
I also find the whole pedestrian lights annoying. A driver is watching the road, and the lights and then finds the pedestrian lights allow people to cross while he is turning. I realise this system exists across Europe but in UK a vehicle cannot cross a crossing when the light is in favour of pedestrians.
There is, in my opinion, a tendency to put crossing too close to junctions, roundabouts, meaning a car has to negotiate a number of things when turning, and pedestrians don't always bother about waiting for a car to pass.
Another problem is having a major cross-road junction with fast moving traffic and no left/right filter lights. Honestly, I think Olsztyn hires any old moron who doesn't live in the town to design it's roads. Personally I'd like to tie a few of them to a stake and plant them in the middle of some of these junctions to witness the accidents until they get the idea.
In my area, warmia-mazury, the standard of many roads is appalling but it isn't helped by cretins who insist on overtaking upto 4-5 other vehicles in one go in the face of oncoming traffic. Probably the same people who think the white lines in the centre of the road are supposed to be lined up with the middle of their car, and refuse to give any room on a narrow country road...
Then there's the general impatience of drivers....
Oh, and don't get me started on car-parks!