It was very disturbing to read Mr Blank’s suggestions for decreasing Calgary’s traffic woes.
I don’t argue with his statement that many of the city’s drivers appear to be daydreaming behind the wheel. Personally I have witnessed many drivers who seem oblivious to school and playground zones, stop signs, traffic lanes and the fact that their car is equipped with a turn signal.
Mr Blank, however, suggests that traffic would flow more efficiently if all drivers were to proceed through the intersection immediately upon the light turning green, and if drivers were to leave no space between themselves and the car ahead whilst turning. I would suggest to Mr Blank that perhaps the reason that drivers wait for a second or two at lights is because they are all too aware that in all likelihood some impatient driver with an inflated sense of entitlement will come flying through that light after it has turned red for them. After all, some drivers’ time is so much more valuable than others.
And I’m not certain if Mr Blank has ever driven in the winter before, but I would remind him that it’s never a good idea to tailgate even under ideal driving conditions, and with the notoriously icy intersections we get in the winter, it is nothing short of foolhardy.
I would suspect that Mr Blank subscribes to the school of thought that weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds is the preferred method of dealing with those annoying cars that are all being driven at the same speed (could that be the speed limit perhaps?). After making all those tricky high speed manoeuvres, it must be frustrating to find yourself stopped at the next red light with those very same cars that were blocking your fast lane. Mr Blank certainly has my sympathies.
Aren't I a self-righteous asshole, though? It's one of my best features.
What did you do for fun today?