The governor got one thing right
The verbose, often sharp-tongued, no-holds-barred Lt.Gov. John Crosbie is known as a man never at a loss for words.
At many times during his political career, he made comments many people were less than enthusiastic about hearing.
But earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Crosbie made one remark that many Newfoundlanders, especially those who drive, should not disagree with.
He said when it comes to our province’s highways, he had more to fear from Newfoundland drivers than from moose.
At a recent speaking event, he asked audience members if they were in danger from moose, or from drivers.
He then went on to say he was recently on the highway, where another vehicle cut off the car in which he was a passenger.
And you know what? Lt. Gov. Crosbie is right. And he probably isn’t the first to make that observation. Listen to traffic reports on the radio from St. John’s where the announcer describes driving conditions on the Outer Ring Road. There are no shortage of collisions and close calls, very few involving moose.
The next time you’re driving on the Trans-Canada Highway or its associated trunk roads, drive defensive and observe your fellow motorists. And note how much they are endangering themselves or their fellow drivers.
One water-covered trip down the TCH, for example, featured a speeding driver insistent on passing his fellow motorists, come hell or high water.
Not only was the driver exceeding the speed limit, he was weaving in and out of traffic to pass his fellow drivers even when there wasn’t a passing lane!
Imagine if he was doing so if the driver in the other lane, driving in the other direction, was behind a monstrous 18wheeler. Well, buddy, inertia isn’t going to save you this time. Try to stop to avoid the big truck, and it’s likely you will end up as a pile of flesh that has to be scraped off the windshield.
A number of Newfoundlanders who move away and then come home, either to visit or for good, have made observations similar to Lt. Gov. Crosbie’s.
We’re not great drivers. Too many of us drive way too fast, and without consideration.
Driving well above the speed limit is not a good idea. There’s a reason why we have speed limits in the first place, not just because it’s against the law.
It’s to check the tendencies of those who feel the “need for speed.” When you speed, particulary at very high levels, you are handling a powerful machine and when you’re speeding at 170 km/hour or more, it is a lot easier to lose control of that machine.
Race car drivers can testify to that. Just watch a NASCAR, Formula One or even the Targa races, and you’re bound to see a wipe-out. When you’re driving a vehicle, you are in control of an implacable machine, one that gives no quarter, one that doesn’t care if you live or die.
And by the way, it’s harder to watch out for moose when you’re speeding. And even harder to swerve around them at those levels.
So Lt. Gov. Crosbie is right. Newfoundland drivers are much more trouble than moose. Slow down, enjoy the drive and save a life, including your own.
By Renell LeGrow, The Advertiser