Just have to get this out of my system and send a message in the process...
Letter to the careless driver
Five speeding cars, two irregular overtakes, two doors opened from the coasting and a careless motorcyclist. That's the overall amount of situations I had to react to when crossing the city during my NIGHTLY commute to university. Yes. I have omitted the daily chaos which includes drivers who don't respect signs, traffic lights and plenty other stuff.
I like to think I'm a good driver. At least when it comes to following traffic laws I am way above average. I do speed sometimes, but it is quite rare and certainly refrain from doing so on rush hours and crowded avenues. The issue is, the majority of drivers don't care and greatly outweighs my efforts to prevent accidents. Drivers who recklessly and irresponsibly risk other people lives by ignoring laws that are meant to protect them. Laws that ought to be more than enough to discourage such actions.
These transgressions (also know as crimes) eventually results in what has come to be known as "traffic accidents". Those where a speeding or drunk driver hits (assaults) another, resulting in either maiming or death and a fair amount of grief for all involved. All because some people think themselves privileged to dash at 80km/h on a narrow avenue during peak times regardless of law or common sense.
A few weeks back a fully loaded double truck tossed it's wagons on my direction when passing me from the slow lane. I reacted in time. I'm alive. I saw the truck's back bumper literally cross over the top of my car's hood. I was scared senseless for a good while.
Next morning when the alarm rang at 6:30 I woke up to get in the car and cross the city back and forth once again. Hesitant, but fearless. I refuse to live in fear. Fear clouds concentration and I might need it to dodge another heedless driver. Many things could kill me over time. If I brawled, smoked, drank or did drugs these things might catch up to me in a few years.
A drunk/careless/inept driver might kill me tomorrow and my responsibilities stop me from giving up driving. There are no accidents nor my time or your time to die. There is someone out there willing to wake up and risk OUR lives with irrational, irresponsible acts behind a steering wheel.
Spare lives. Drive safe. It's the law.