There was an article in the paper yesterday.
Well, actually there were quite a few articles but one in particular stood out for me.
This morning the article had somehow morphed into a different one.
The two articles had the same photograph [our minister for transport who has obviously just farted] but each took a different approach to the same subject.
What caught my eye in the first one was the sub-heading which stated categorically- "RSA warns that another 100 people will die this year unless behaviour changes". Now I took this to mean that our illustrious Road Safety Authority are going to behead another 100 motorists unless we behave ourselves. I think that is a reasonable interpretation? It seems a bit drastic but then nothing surprises me about our gubmint these days.
Sadly the sub-heading had changed in the new article – "RSA warns another 100 people may die this year unless road behaviour changes" – which is a lot less fun. Someone must have told them overnight that beheadings are not quite acceptable in this day and age?
Of course the whole thing is a load of bollox. Roads are dangerous places, we know that. There again there is danger in just about every thing we do, but roads do tend to be a little more dangerous than say sleeping in bed or sitting in a deck chair. When people take a car for a drive they know they are doing something that may involve a little blood or at the very least, a dent in the paintwork. If some people choose to add some spice to their danger by not wearing a seatbelt then that is entirely up to them.
So a third of drivers weren't wearing seatbelts? So fucking what? It was entirely their choice made of their own free will and didn't impact [if you’ll pardon the word] on anyone else. They threw the dice and they lost, and that has fuck all to do with me or any other car owner in the country.
Of course the articles are full of "frightening trends" and "shocking statistics" which are presumably there to indicate that our gubmint really cares. What they don't seem to realise is that a combination of roads and cars is going to lead to fatalities no matter what they do. They could take every car off the roads bar one, and that one car could still skid off a bend into a tree?
Come to think of it, how many of those drivers deliberately didn't wear a belt? The suicide statistics in this country have been alarming over the last few years, and driving a car at a bridge parapet is as good a way as any?
"Fatalities have also risen in the 56-65 age bracket, from 11 deaths in 2104 to 17 this year. Ms Murdock said complacency was a concern and with older drivers it could be a “mid-life crisis”, an attempt to recapture their youth through speeding."
Oh sweet fuck! There is a small increase in a particular group and instantly we are all suffering from a mid-life crisis and are speeding around in souped up Volkswagon Golfs with go-faster stripes on the side? I put a dent in Paddy Murray's car down in the village and I am therefore trying to recapture my lost youth? Is it any fucking wonder I sneer at them? Idiotic cretinous morons!
“You have drivers out there who have passengers who are usually very talkative but then are quiet in the car. That’s an indication very often that you’re a bad driver. If the person doesn’t talk to you when you’re driving the chances are they’re afraid, so you need to look at your driving.”
Good God Almighty! I have heard some rubbish bit this is a world beater. Maybe when I'm a passenger I just like to sit quietly and enjoy the view? Maybe they should make it compulsory to talk incessantly to the driver [which is guaranteed to distract them] and thereby make them a better driver?
The best one though is the bit I kept 'til last.
Ms Murdock said “you have a 50:50 chance of dying in a collision without a seat belt on, no matter how minor it is. Many of those collisions were minor in nature and unfortunately because the occupants were not wearing seat belts the outcome was much more serious.”
Here we go, folks.
There is no such thing as a safe level of
smoking drinking eating driving.