I do believe this to be my very first pit thread. It takes a lot to raise my ire, and even now I suppose I’ll get myself a low rating, as when my ire is raised I tend to smoulder and express my rage in cold, calm disgust.
Now, as most of us know, and as ALL of us who drive SHOULD know, when a traffic light is malfunctioning, it is treated as though it were a stop sign. This makes things very orderly, quicker, and, evil of all evils, SAFER. All is good with the world.
Or so it should be.
However, when the lights are out on an intersection between a large road, and a not so large road, safe, courteous behaviour goes right out the window. When people on the large road see a not-working stoplight, and see that everyone ELSE is going right through, well, why not go too? Who’ll it hurt? Sure, the people who want to go across the other way might get a little annoyed, but I’ll be saving myself a whole two seconds! It’s worth it, no?
No. When the people who want to go the other way have to edge into traffic to get through, risking themselves because they know that if they don’t, they’ll be there FOREVER, it’s not worth it. And for every asshole driver who HONKED, because someone DARED to try and GET THROUGH the intersection, in full accordance with the LAW, well, you drive my faith in humanity just that much deeper.
This is intolerable. The majority of the people who went through without even looking probably knew what they were supposed to do, they just didn’t feel like doing it. Not one person even slowed down as they approached the intersection. Not a single one. They were shocked that the other people would dare try to get where they were going. In the few minutes it took me to get through (since I was going across the larger street), there were so many close calls I can’t even count them. Because people are not willing to hold off their busy lives for a few moments. Not to be good, not to be courteous, not to follow the law, not even to lower the risk of a loss of life.
Pisses me off.