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New Zealand Transport Agency's Safe Driving Ad.

Posted on the 08 January 2014 by Mikeb302000
Normally, this blog is about gun violence, but I am going to change the dialog by putting up this ad from the  New Zealand Transport Agency.
It's a good ad and presents something to ponder about not just about things on the road.  A couple of points I make about safe driving.
  • Just because you can drive fast doesn't mean that you are a good driver.
  • And because you are a good driver doesn't mean the other person isn't an idiot.

Of course, both drivers could have averted the accident. The driver who was speeding should have seen the car at the crossroad and slowed down. The driver at the stop sign could have waited until the other car had passed.
Actually, make that should have waited until the other car had passed.
Was the accident caused because one, or both, of them were in too much of a hurry?
Anyway, there are lessons here which are appropriate to things other than driving.
I leave you with this poem from a Charles Pelkey story about road rage.
Here lies the body of George O'Day.
He died maintaining his right of way.
He was right, dead right as he rode along,
But he is just as dead as if he were wrong.

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