This morning I woke to fine I had to go to the shops for by breakfast. Not a big deal when you consider the events of the last two days, but it gave me the chance to put my writer’s senses on full alert.
The walk didn’t disappoint.
First up was an elderly gent dressed in full lycra kit who was moving slower than me (and for those who know me, that is slow!)
Then at the traffic lights an elderly women who judging by her actions shouldn’t have been allowed to drive a long time ago, proceeded to remain stationary at a green light while she engaged in a full on conversation with her passenger completely oblivious to the tooting of horns behind her.
It gets worse.
Then she moved forward to a red light just 30m ahead of her. She stopped there for a few seconds then ran the red light into a flow of oncoming traffic while people swerved to avoid her.
There has come a time when we should treat road users like people who operate plant in the construction industry. Someone who operates a digger or truck for example has to keep their training up to date and is reassessed for competence on a regular basis.
But to drive a lethal weapon, one can pass a test at 17 or 18 and never ever get tested again. This is simply irresponsible in a modern society and I have no doubt is resulting in the deaths of countless people every year.
There should be a mandatory retest after a year, then 3 years then very 5 years until the age of 65 when a full test and medical is undertaken to check for competence. Anyone who fails at 65 is not allowed to drive again, full stop.
It is all well and good stating people should be independent, but how many people of the 1713 killed on the roads in 2013 in the UK were killed by those who should not be allowed to drive?
If it is more than zero, then the system needs a complete overhaul.
To every writer out there, be that writing superhero and have all of your super writing senses on full alert at all times for there may come a wonderful moment of human action that can aid your writing and give it that zing of authenticity. After all, if you weren’t there, you wouldn’t have seen the expression on the face of the lady standing at my side when the old lady jumped the red light.
A priceless gem for your writing.
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