It seems that everyday we hear of yet another traffic "accident" resulting
from road rage, teenagers speeding through curves or the average citizen
being in a hurry to go nowhere. When I back my car up and the rear of my
vehicle strikes the rear of another vehicle (for instance in a supermarket
parking lot); that is an accident. But when an individual operating a motor
vehicle demonstrates such a callous disregard for the safety of others; that
is reckless driving. This phenomenon is indicative of what has happened to
our society; people could not care less about their fellow citizen. Drivers
would rather experience the "thrill" of traveling at high speed than
consider the consequences of their actions. Evidently the punishments being
meted out for these crimes are not severe enough but then again it has never
been proven that the death penalty has a direct affect on reducing murder.
One solution for reckless driving is the installment of a device called
"drive right" or "teen track" whereby a motor vehicle is fitted with a
device that monitors speed, acceleration, hard braking etc. All drivers under the
age of eighteen must be required to have this installed in their motor
vehicle. Any driver age eighteen and older must be required to have this
installed in their motor vehicle for a certain probationary period following
a traffic violation. As for speeding on highways, all motor vehicles should
have governor switches limiting the potential speed of a vehicle to the
highest speed limit in a state. In either case, these solutions would not
prevent all reckless driving but it would sure be a strong attempt at
slowing us down. We also need to require that cellular phones be attached to the
dash board. There is too much evidence to indicate that most people cannot
"chew the fat" and drive at the same time. Texting in motor vehicles must be
outlawed. As for cost, the same argument can be made about any technology
that serves to promote safety and perhaps save the lives of reckless drivers
and those they put in jeopardy. As for Parents, teach your children well.
Before cell phones, people wanted to get home quick because they have no idea what their kids are doing or if they are even home. So when that light turns green you are gone.
Today we have cell phones so everyone is not bent out in the streets. And that's why we have so many fucking idiots today that wait 5 seconds after a green light because he's distracted.
I swear I use my horn a lot.