March 25, 2004

Surrounded by Dangerous Drivers

Society has to crack down on dangerous drivers. There should be zero tolerance for ANY infraction, as that simply leads to stretching the boundaries of what is considered acceptable behavior.

I saw three drivers commit potentially deadly acts today.

One sailed through a red light without even slowing down. Another did the same at a four-way-stop intersection next to an elementary school. The third passed me on the #1 highway. I was doing 90km/h in an 80km/h zone, and he flew by at what must have been at least 120km/h and weaved back and forth from lane to lane, missing other vehicles by a foot or two. He was no kid either, I saw white hair and a white beard as he flashed by....

We talk about the horrendous accidents and killings caused by kids street racing, but have you ever noticed how incompetent the average driver is?

The tailgating, the rolling through stop signs, the changing lanes without signalling, the yakking on cell phones, the failing to stop at crosswalks, the....

I'm almost afraid to stop at crosswalks when I see a pedestrian attempting to cross, because other oncoming drivers do not, or else some idiot blows by me on the right from behind!

In case you think I'm a sourpuss, I enjoy driving. I used to work on and modify cars as a kid. I like driving fast -- but safe -- and certainly not within city limits.

I know police are already overworked and overextended. But couldn't they assign just one unmarked car to traffic? And I don't mean a big Chev or Ford, but some innocuous vehicle that nobody would ever think was a police car.

Then NAIL the tailgaters, the stop-sign drifters, the lane-change non-signalers. Get them for the little things, and get them thinking before they cause a big accident.

Drivers have to wake up and take responsibility for their actions, or lack thereof. They must realize that driving is a privilege extended to the adequately skilled and aware, not the mindless and the stupid.

Posted by Paul at March 25, 2004 08:51 PM