Legally obliged

Sometimes when I get to a pedestrian crossing, I press the button for the crossing signal without thinking about it.

At this stage, there is a lone car slowing down to stop as I walk across. I realise that I could have let the driver go, then slipped over the road without a green ‘walk’ signal.

‘I feel guilty about pressing the button,’ I said to Damjan. ‘We didn’t have to stop the car.’

‘Well, you’re entitled to use the pedestrian lights,’ Damjan said.

I thought about it then added, ‘In fact, I’m actually legally obliged to use the lights.’

‘True,’ Damjan agreed.

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