Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Maudite drivers, part I

It's always been my dream to photograph idiot drivers and document their idiocy on the Web for all to see. Today, the dream becomes reality. Here is the first in a series of photos of dumb drivers doing dumb things on the road.

This photo, taken yesterday at around 3:45pm, shows a grey Honda Civic stopped in between the inner middle lanes of René Lévesque Blvd. W. at Bleury Street. The Civic was a few cars ahead of me. He went through the green light, even though there was no chance of clearing the intersection. The traffic light changed to red and instead of (belatedly) clearing the intersection, the Civic decided it was less illegal to block traffic by staying in no man's land.

Maudit driver blocks Rene Levesque Blvd. W. at Bleury
A few seconds after I snapped this photo, a car driving westbound tried to make a left turn onto Bleury Street. He was prevented from making the legal left turn by the moron Civic.

I think most people are good drivers, in the sense that they know how to operate a motor vehicle. But I don't think most people are aware of the basic rules and customs of the road. Don't block the box. Slow traffic keep to the right. Don't blow the horn after dark. These are simple rules. Yet too many people are blissfully unaware. And the government does nothing to educate them.

Maybe the government should include a voluntary paper test in your driver's licence renewal package. If you complete, return and pass the test, then the government will erase two demerit points from your record. You'll receive a scorecard with your results and an explanation of the rules related to those questions.

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