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It's heartening to see that the majority of opinion is in favor of strict laws govening the use of cell phones in cars.
I also know that people like Arizona Willie directly contribute to the banal "Couldn't give a Sh-t !" attitude that we encounter daily on our roads. If Arizonans were subject to European traffic laws, overnight you'd see a great many drivers lose there licence and the roads return to the Edwardian era with very little traffic volume.6 months ago
Any traffic accident that involves loss of life is tragic but I feel I must express an underlying cause in a great many cases that happen on our East Valley roads and freeways.
I have lived in the East Valley for two years now and have some forty-five years of driving experience under my belt, a lot of that in a number of foreign countries.
Just listening to the daily traffic updates gives a damning indictment to general very poor driving standards. You could be forgiven for thinking you had mistakenly tuned into a commentary from some demolition derby, with talk of roll-overs, rear-ending, blocked lanes to name but some.
I have never before seen such a disregard for courteous, sensible driving than my experiences with East valley driving.
You quickly realize that you are in a distinct minority by driving at the posted speed limits. Add to that an extraordinarily "Get outta my way!!" aggressiveness of drivers dodging and changing lanes, would make their driving close to criminal.
It is little wonder that there are so many vehicle accidents. In a lot of countries, the use of cell phones behind the wheel is banned. Eating and/or drinking beverages at the wheel is also banned. Now if you combine all those factors in what is allowed in Arizona plus the reckless speeding and almost total lack of driver discipline, you have a very dangerous situation on our roads.
If traffic police enforcement were to ready clamp down on offenders in a big way, we would see a significant difference. Waiting for drivers to change their bad habits, is going to be very long wait. Until then, the daily mayhem on our roads will continue to be normal events.
Apr 28, 2011