Monday, November 21, 2005

Bad Drivers: Stupid or Selfish?

11.21.05 - Do drivers not realize they are operating a lethal weapon? Driving a car is like riding a killer missile. You have the potential to cause a lot of damage and destruction.

Otherwise, how do you explain the carelessness many drivers exercise while driving their cars about town?

When drivers put other drivers at risk by carelessly switching lanes, pulling out of a side street or a parking lot, or being caught up in a cell-phone conversation, they do so either because they are too stupid to realize how dangerous their actions are or because they adopt the attitude of "me first, the hell with everyone else"—leaving other drivers the responsibility of avoiding an accident.

Driving LA streets and busy freeways, I often get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic because of some car crash that blocks several lanes—likely due to the disregard with which drivers treat each other.

Enough is enough. Let's treat our cars, our roads, and other drivers with the respect they deserve. Being stupid or selfish is not a luxury we can afford; Innocent lives are at stake.