Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dangerous Drivers and Roadsafe London

On my morning ride in today, how uplifting it was to see how some drivers manage to optimize their valuable time by combining their morning commute with various activities.

There was the driver of a black Range Rover who, while stopped at the Plough Lane toucan crossing, decided to read a newspaper (oh alright, The Sun). I was shocked to hear the car behind him impatiently honking its horn and disturbing the reader's concentration. We should be proud that our education system infuses people with such an obsessive love of literature.

Then, at the junction of Garrett Lane and Magdalen Road, the driver of a black double-cab pickup was chatting on a mobile phone. Timely communication is the lifeblood of today's vibrant economy; how important that mobile telephony allows people to take calls during time that would otherwise be wasted paying attention to the road.

Then, on Magdalen Road, a silver Lexus cruised past. The driver was enjoying a sandwich of some sort. Doesn't it make you proud that some people are so hard-working in this country, that they combine their morning commute with breakfast?

I used to report these kind of incidents to the police, via their Roadsafe London website.

"Every careful, thoughtful and courteous road user is put at risk by those who choose to ignore the rules; we need you to help us crack down on these people by telling us about any illegal or anti-social road use"

However, I've never once had a response from the police, so I've given up. I have better things to do with my time than talk when no-one's listening. Anyone out there had a different experience?

1 comment:

  1. Ah, the good old black Range Rover. I think we might have enough data to call this a trend...