A possible end to road rage?
THERE’S nothing like two warring motorists to bring traffic to a standtill.
Last weekend the bridge in town provided the battlefield as one passer-through foolishly decided to start tooting his horn. Why foolish? Because he picked on a local farmer who was built like a mountain and was driving a jeep.
With a screech of brakes and a yank of the handbrake, the farmer charged from his monster machine and began pounding on the irreverant driver’s window. He let him know in no uncertain terms whose turf he was on and that he’d ‘been driving these roads for years’. Whether he was right or not was never up for discussion.
The driver visibly shrank back into his seat and kept his window up until his aggressor had made off. Simply two more victims of road rage.
Prior to ‘Boomtime Ireland’ road rage was not that common in this country. Outside Dublin it scarcely existed at all, with the rural Irish being too aware of their surroundings and the risk of being known to ever dream of ‘blowing’ somebody off the road. But with the cash came the change.
Suddenly people could choose their motors from the top-of-the-range catalogues and with their pseudo-promotion to the upper echelons of society, came pretence.
The legendary rages on the streets of our European city counterparts, the Italians in particular, inspired the ‘suits’ in the capital and their impatience and contempt for the ‘little man’ would soon trickle their ways onto the country roads. Meek motorists were given an ultimatum: get in the hard shoulder love or you’re gonna be put there instead. But is all this about to change?
With the economic crash, sales of new cars are down a reported 80 per cent in some areas and mechanics feel like it’s Christmas everyday as business soars.
Seeing as disposable income has gone the way of the dinosaur, people are hanging onto their bangers and the glamour generation that has graced our concrete catwalks will soon take its place in the memory, and the imagination. So it all bodes well for the eradication of road tantrums. The pace of life is slowing down, retreating back into its shell and people in dodgy old motors are less likely to be drawing attention to themselves by picking unnecessary fights with their fellow drivers.
You might even trace it back to playground politics where you put the power hungry on a diet and subsequently, the engines at the heart of the operation run more smoothly.
BOOKIE’S BIG GAMBLE
THE news that bookmakers William Hill are to close 14 of their 51 outlets nationwide is surprising and proof that even the gamblers out there are cradling their coppers.
However, you have to be tickled by the date that they have chosen to begin their cull, March 23. A few short days after Cheltenham and what seems to be one last hurrah for the turf accountants.
Providing the favourites don’t romp home all week that is...