Mes­sage to driver who hit and ran

Matamata Chronicle - - News/letters -

A few days ago I be­came the vic­tim of a nasty bit of driver be­hav­iour and the more I thought about it, the an­grier I be­came. Fi­nally, I de­cided to place an advertisement in the Chron­i­cle out­lin­ing the in­ci­dent, and my dis­plea­sure, in the prob­a­bly for­lorn hope that the per­son con­cerned might be­come aware of it and feel at least a bit guilty. This is what I wrote:

‘‘To the cow­ardly driver of the white ve­hi­cle who se­ri­ously dam­aged the front pas­sen­ger door of my parked blue Toy­ota and who left with­out own­ing up–- may you live in in­ter­est­ing times.’’

Some people who knew of the in­ci­dent and felt that this kind of thing was hap­pen­ing all too of­ten sug­gested I write a let­ter to the edi­tor rather than place the advertisement, in the hope that such a let­ter would serve as a re­minder that there is a right way to be­have, both as a per­son and a driver.

The thing is, apart from the prob­a­bly high cost of any re­pairs, the metal­lic paint­work of my car may re­quire a new skin or even a door – these are not cov­ered by the third party in­sur­ance I have, the cost of a com­pre­hen­sive pol­icy be­ing to­tally un­eco­nomic for my vin­tage ve­hi­cle. There is the additional cost in terms of the in­con­ve­nience of not hav­ing trans­port with which to carry out my nor­mal daily life, which for a solo se­nior cit­i­zen, is con­sid­er­able.

I re­alise the dam­age was ac­ci­den­tal and cer­tainly the very nar­row and/or acutely an­gled park­ing spa­ces do not make it easy to ma­noeu­vre ve­hi­cles at low speed. Nor do the ill-man­nered and dan­ger­ous driv­ers who rush on past, ap­par­ently un­able to stop for the few sec­onds needed for such ma­noeu­vres to be safely com­pleted.

So, as whomever hit my dear old car ob­vi­ously has not much in the way of ei­ther con­science or courage enough to be ac­count­able and make repa­ra­tion, I say again – may you live in in­ter­est­ing times.

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