It is angry, and he is right. He is talking about the idiocy of drivers, speed and drink.
Some years ago, I was driving from Belfast to Dublin. It was a lovely day. I had a CD on [quietly] and was enjoying the drive.
It was the day of the Dublin to Belfast Maracycle, so there were dozens, if not hundreds of cyclists heading north. They too were happy, and waving to us as we headed south. I waved back. It was a happy day.
I had to slow down at one stage, because there was a large group of cyclists on the far side of the road. They were a happy bunch. Someone had just told a joke, and they were all laughing.
A car, travelling at very high speed suddenly drove through the group.
There was an explosion of debris. My car was showered with bits of bicycle and other things I won’t mention. There was mayhem. Two cyclists were killed, and several others seriously injured. The road was covered in debris. The car never even slowed down. It just kept going as if nothing had happened.
I got out of my car and wandered around along with a lot of other people. We were silent. We didn’t know what to do or even where we were. We were all in deep shock.
My shock was so deep, I just got back in my car and drove home. Fortunately it rained at Dundalk, and that washed the blood off the car. When I got home, I cried. I kept seeing bodies flying through the air.
I realised only then that I had left the scene of an accident, and that I was a prime witness. I phoned the police in Newry the next day and faxed them a statement. They were very understanding.
The driver of the car was caught. He was drunk. I don’t know what happened to him, and I don’t care. I hope he rots in hell.
The point to the story though is that an accident gives no warning. It can happen at any moment. You may think you are safe, but two seconds later, you can be dead. You may think it will never happen to you, but the odds are higher than you think.
I knew the parents of the girl who was killed in the fog the other week. They thought it was just another Spring day, just like any other day. But in an instant, their lives were forever changed. They will never be quite the same again.
So, for God’s sake take care.