Here's the Car/Traffic analogy to make it clear. These two actual laws that you get real citations for are also in conflict with each other
- There is the Basic motor Law that says Pedestrians have the right of way.
- There is a rule that there is no jaywalking, and pedestrians need to wait for cars at a crosswalk.
So if there is a jaywalker and a car hits them, who is at fault? same as the ski law conundrum. But it's obvious why this is setup this way.
When you teach kids from the very beginning to look both ways and wait for the light, even though from the first rule they have the right of way. Only the most absurd parent would teach your kids to just go ahead and run into the street whenever you want to cross it to save time, because by Law you have the right of way and the cars will stop for you. (that would be selfishly useful at times though).
As Rusty said, it's for safety,the real world is not ideal black and white and we live in an society with imperfect humans and not robots or computer code with logic 1s and 0s.
So you setup a system where there is resilience and have backups and always error on the side of caution or safety. When the rules get broken or even bent and try to remove any severe outcomes.
You also have to think beyond yourself and that other people might do things different than you. Or as mentioned about, self-preservation should kick in a bit too
Children can't think 5seconds ahead so you have to teach them. Older children and teenagers are still in their narcissism phase and will do it despite knowing the law, because they think the world revolves around them.
Those would be the types that would always choose to "thread the needle" and "shoot the gap" instead of erroring on the side of safety and caution and slowing down instead. (teenagers get car accidents from judgement errors not because of physical constarints). Adults usually grow out of the narcissim, or if they stay narcissistic, self-preservation kicks in a bit eventually).
As an aside, the traffic system as is should have 0 traffic accidents if all rules are followed;. But obviously accidents are so common place that even when fatalities happen, the newsradio just mention how it is going to affect the commute for the rest of the motorists. If an alien were to look down and observe us, they would be shocked that we just accept so flippantly that someone just died in the commute.
Edited by raytseng - 1/26/16 at 9:22am