This morning I was nearly involved in a bumper-bashing on this horrid N1 highway. Very, very nearly. I could see this guy’s stubble, I was so close to him.
And why? Coz’ he insisted on taking the wee gap I had in front of me. And before taking it, didn’t notice that the cars in front had come to a dead-stop. As in going-nowhere-dead-still.
So there was a screech of about 7 sets of tyres as we desperately tried not to ram into each other.
Do*s hit the guy in front of him, who hit someone else in front of him.
The rest of us were just fine and went our merry ways.
But I was shaking from head to toe. Waayyyy too close for comfort!!
I’ve calmed down thank you. No need for versterk-druppels! 😉
Then I get this email concerning the children of a couple who died in a car crash a few weeks ago (Meintjies? Anyone recall?). Apparently the culprit was drinking & driving. Apparently.
There were empty bottles of alcohol found in his car. But whether he was drunk, has not been confirmed. Innocent until proven guilty, right?
The fact is, 3 children are orphans because some idiot was reckless, and impatient, and couldn’t stand being caught behind traffic. And he was possibly drunk.
Is there a point to all of this? I promise, there is
In one of the articles, someone says “government has failed these kids”
Uhm. I don’t necessarily agree.
There are warnings and legislation –
…Drink & Drive.
…Exceed the speed limit
…Overtake on a bend
…Overtake on a solid line
…Drive un-roadworthy vehicles
If you’ve got a license, surely you know this?
If you’ve crooked to get your license, I hope the coppers catch up with you soon!
So, what more must government do? Can they do more?
We get upset when we are stopped at a road-block. Why? Aren’t we supposed to be happy that the coppers are doing their jobs in getting these menaces off the road?
And do we not have a responsibility too?
We get behind our steering wheels, knowing our tyres need to be changed. Or the brakes need to be replaced.
Knowing we’ve had a few too many.
We are impatient, we hate being caught in traffic. We drive too fast coz’ we’re late picking up the kids, late for a function.
We leave our friends to drive drunk.
The smallest lapse in judgment could have dire consequences.
Surely we know this already?
Yet we look for someone else to blame when things go horribly wrong.
Should we not start with ourselves? Make sure we are being responsible drivers?
I am also to be blamed. I’m impatient. I love to drive fast.
I also know that if I wasn’t at a lower speed this morning…things might have ended differently
I needed that wake-up call.
Do you still need one?