Saturday, 1 June 2013
4X4s are the new Volvos. Their owners feel invincible - more than most, anyhow - and as a result, they are shit drivers.
Invulnerable and superior - by their own reckoning, at least - they look down with some condescension at mere car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians whilst wrapped in over 2.5 tonnes of boxy steel, some of which are adorned with child-crusher bars out front.
There are some motoring stereotypes that prove true to form, IMO:
Toyota Starlet and Nissan Micra drivers (now, though not so much in the past) should not have been given drivers' licences; Audi drivers stick so closely to the rear bumper of the car in front that it constitutes automotive buggery; Renault drivers are French patriots; Subaru and Porsche drivers are kind and thoughtful; BMW drivers are ignorant lane-hogging gobshites; Nissan Juke, Mercedes CLS, Nissan Primera and Ford Ka drivers should be shot for crimes against aesthetic sensibility. I won't say anything nasty about Peugeot drivers, as I know one quite well.
But really. This bank holiday weekend will see the boys and girls in blue on the hard shoulder of every decent stretch of road in the country, pointing their lasers or hiding in the back of vans with cameras... applying penalty points to everyone but themselves and their cronies.
Would they not be better off being out and about, catching half-wits chatting away on mobile phones and - most dangerous of all - flagrantly breaking red lights?
I've seen far worse examples than the clip above, but given the traffic light phasing and the distance of said lights on the road to the left (situated some distance up to allow oncoming traffic to turn - you can't see it here) this halfwit turning right has plainly broken a red light on a blind junction. You can see the light turning green (for a couple of seconds) above the Fiat Stilo in front.
I see it all the time on busy Dublin streets where idiots blithely break the red light with no regard for crossing traffic or pedestrians. Have I ever seen anyone penalised by the coppers for doing so? No.
This, to me, is the most dangerous traffic-law infringement going - one that currently wasted resources should be re-directed towards.
There are enough impromptu traffic-light wreaths out there to back up the contention.
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Posted by The Gombeen Man at Saturday, June 01, 2013