ooh, I am surprised at you Vee -wouldnt have picked you as dong that!
I used to mutter "pig" under my breath to my partner who was deaf, and when we separated he said, "and I heard you saying pig" -LOL
I think everyone did it as a kid, but as an adult I rarely 'flip the bird'. If I do, it's normally to a friend and meant in jest. I never flip anyone off when driving. If someone is driving like a jerk, I'm usually more worried about them causing an accident then telling them how much of a jerk I think their being with my finger.
I never did it as a kid. My view is, if someone is bothered by receiving the middle finger, then they are probably a decent enough person not to deserve it. If they are deserving of it, then they are unlikely to be bothered about receiving it.
I have given the finger many a time and for various reasons. Saying that though I can't remember the last time I did it.
Also I have not given the finger to another driver - just honk on my horn if someone really annoys me on the road or they have done something stupid.
If I'm with my kids we always use the crossing because I want to teach them good habits and because if a car does come it's harder to run while carrying a toddler. But yes, I have crossed not at a crossing at times, at night when there was no traffic or when the place I wanted to get to was directly across from me and using the lights would mean walking down the street and back up it again. It's a bit dangerous at times though.
I've never been fined for it but I've seen the police fining people (or giving them warnings, I'm not sure) in the city.
No one can always use the lights or crossing to cross the road. I can when one is near but often i dont as there is nothing there to do so. Its a grey area and if you can do so safely I dont see an issue with it. In cities or towns I would always use them as they the frequency of them is adequate.
We always use the crossing at the lights in the city, & even in our local suburb where owe only have 1 traffic light Oh yes, sorry we do cross a long way from the crossing & the tractic light also.
On Sundays where we park to go to see a movie, we jaywalk when there is no traffic coming in either direction, especially if were running late for the movie. While visiting Melbourne, we often see the cops giving out warnings & finds to people. It's a lot of money, which I could spend on a weeks shopping, so we never jaywalk in Melbourne!
No I don't jaywalk anymore. I was never fined for it, but while in Melbourne I used to see the police talking to people for doing it. I don't know if the people were fined or not, because I'd already walked past them by then.Too old to do that now! It's always now the crossing & lights for us!