Is it sheer arrogance that rules people's driving habits? Or is it stupidity?
I The about the RCMP stopping two motorists on the Malahat question came to mind this week when we heard going more than 130 km/h. Do these drivers think that the laws don't apply to them? Do they believe that they are immune to crashes?
And what could possibly be important enough to even begin to justify going at such a ridiculous and illegal speed on the winding, hilly mountain pass?
Of course, there's really no justification. There can be no claim that they didn't know how fast they were going. Beyond the fact that there's a speedometer in front of their faces, they weren't just exceeding the limit by five km/h. They were speeding a whopping 50 km/h faster than the law allows.
It was particularly irksome to discover that one of the drivers had been ticketed for the same offence in the same area earlier this year. Obviously, in spite of the hundreds of dollars in fines, this person has failed to learn his lesson after being given several chances.
It is further sobering to ponder how many times this driver crossed the Malahat - or perhaps even drove through your neighbourhood - without running into a police officer to stop him.
We can only hope this ticket and the impounding of his motorcycle finally slows him down, if not out of respect for the law and the other drivers on the road, than maybe in fear for his pocketbook.
Because that's really the point. If he wants to drive like a maniac and put himself in danger, it's not ideal, but that's his choice to make.
It ceases to simply be a matter of his choice when one considers that there are other drivers on the road that he is putting in very real peril.
What's that? You always speed? Well, how about taking this opportunity to try a different way to travel?
Slow down to the speed limit and relax on the road. No hitting the brakes when you see a police car, because you know there's no danger they're going to pull you over. No danger of taking that curve too fast. You just might like it.
There are enough unexpected things that can happen out on the road without adding to the hazards.
Drive smart, not stupid.
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