Even good Drivers (Motorists and Cyclists alike) know that there are times when they lapse into bad behavior, and anyone with a sense off conscience will usually correct themselves, and probably thank the stars that nothing worse than a good scare came of their foolishness. Bad drivers, on the other hand, seem to be in their own little world, which I suspect is the main reason that they’re a menace to begin with. Being unable to even consider others around them, let alone communicate non-verbally from inside their metallic glass bubbles, Bad Drivers not only create road hazards, they also drag the average down for all those around them by creating the frustrations and anxiety that can take hold and spread further down the road to corrupt other interactions, and ultimately even act as the tipping point for disaster. Unfortunately, since bad Drivers are likely accustomed to getting nasty looks from others, these types of Drivers aren’t likely to actually respond to negative visual feedback, much less actually correct their bad habits. So…Short of installing hood-mounted paintball guns to clearly mark the cars of these bad drivers, how do we get their attention, and get them to cooperate with us in making the roads safer for everyone?
Obviously Darcy Sheppard’s aggressive approach to getting a drivers attention stemmed from his vulnerable position as a naked Cyclists, and exasperated by mounting frustrations with Bad Drivers, but his dangerous behavior was apparently exasperated by other personal circumstances, and those unhealthy responses to perceived threats from bad drivers on the road were clearly allowed to escalate to the point where his own fate was sealed – by one driver who was clearly willing to use his car as a weapon, oblivious as he may have been to Sheppard’s past, or any future legal consequences to his own actions.
So how does Society police itself on the road, without turning to vigilante justice?
Since the Law seems unwilling to enforce stricter requirements on testing and skills to begin with, and only revokes licenses for the most heinous cases, we can’t presume that measures are in place to prohibit bad drivers from gettign behind the wheel to begin with. So we’re left to the same frustrations that only compound themselves, and the bigger problems of road rage in general. If we can’t expect to force bad drivers to take transit, perhaps we can at least herd them into groups for safer/secluded travel? Over on my other Blog at EnviroNauts.com, I looked at the GPS-based Sartre System for highway traffic automation, and although it’s not a reality yet, you can pop this option open (in a new window) just by CLICKING HERE, and consider the Future potential of automotive automation. Like so many other current possibilities, this solution is technically feasible today, however there are far to many legal and business considerations in the way of moving ourselves into a more Futuristic version of Society.
So for now though..The Human Condition, and Automotive Traffic are inescapable facts of life, and surprisingly (here in the 21st Century) there’s still very little we can do to get through to others who are encapsulated in their own little worlds. Perhaps some technological solutions to this communication problem are on the horizon, yet right now the trend is going against letting drivers do anything that takes hands off their steering wheels! Thanks to a prevalence of portable technology (not to mention make-up and fast drive-through food) that is already at the root of FAR too many accidents as it is, we clearly need smarter technology that is better integratede with the car dashboard, not just more devices floating around the inside of our cars…If you’re like me though, and think that technology will still save us all, then CLICK HERE to pop open a view of your optional risks and potential rewards for having continued faith in Science and Engineering.
Otherwise, maybe we can take a more humanitarian or psychological approach to identifying bad drivers and correcting them…I’d personally sugest putting them on Bicycles for a month to help them get in touch with the reality of the roads from a first hand point of view, where they aren’t shielded from the consequences of stupidity by glass and steel…You can consider some first hand experience of the road from street level by clicking HERE.