The Real Road Rage!
There is a serious problem happening in our country. But you’ll only hear about during private discussions, never in public forums. I’m talking about the traffic! A quick Google search will reveal plenty websites selling used cars. Now, nothing is wrong with people buying a car; the problem arises when our roads cannot support the volume! When I was a child it would take most people 20 minutes from the Morne to Rodney Bay. In heavy traffic, 30 minutes tops. The commute time has now doubled. The increase in cars also means an increase in accidents. People seem to have forgotten the rules and laws when it comes to driving. Everyone is in a rush to somewhere. Or they couldn’t give a damn about driving at 20 km/hour! By driving so stupidly, all you’re looking for is an accident. You’re not only slowing road users behind you, you are running the risk of sending someone into a major road rage—and possibly another accident.
Bus drivers refuse to pull to the side of the road properly to offload or pick up passengers, forcing other drivers to swerve into the other lane. Or they simply pull out on to the road, without indicating, without looking to see whether there are cars coming (which there usually are, considering the increased traffic), and inviting another accident. It’s no wonder the public can’t stand them and seldom give them a chance to merge into the traffic. The unfortunate truth is that we’ve lumped most public transport drivers together. The courteous ones with reckless ones, creating a broad stereotype of horrible, rude, and inconsiderate drivers. It’s a pleasant surprise to see a mini-bus indicate and wait to be given a chance to go. Most times they don’t bother, or they let the indicator go once before barging their way in front of you, or they merge when they’re indicating left!
The thing is, it’s not just taxi drivers; the general public does it too. If they want to turn left, they pull out into the lane to block on-coming traffic and force the other driver to give them a chance to go. If someone is coming the opposite way at speed, even within the speed limit and is forced them to stop suddenly, well, someone may get hit. A sudden stop to avoid hitting someone could easily result in a collision involving the vehicle behind.
You’ll also see drivers suddenly stopping to let passengers off. Even though there is plenty room on the side to pull over, they don’t want to lose their important spot in the line of traffic. Being just a few cars behind would probably send them mental, so no, they must hold everyone else up. Don’t get me started on people who like to take short cuts. Coming from Gros Islet going into Rodney Bay on an afternoon is a nightmare. Smart drivers decide to turn into Massy Stores Rodney Heights and take that road in front of Bay Gardens Hotel to come out of that junction. Hey, dumbasses! You’re causing more traffic! Those who stayed on the main road have to stop to let you come out because you couldn’t stop to realize you’re actually causing the traffic to slow down more. Nope, you can’t figure that out at all. Same thing goes on a morning heading up north. Drivers turn in by Corinth and come out by Bois d’Orange. And it’s not just one, two or even three cars. It’s more like seven and eight and nine! Again, my fellow genius countrymen— you’re slowing traffic down!
The main problem comes back to the infrastructure. We simply do not have the roads to accommodate as many vehicles as we have. There either is to be a limit to the number of cars per household or a limit to the number of being brought into the island. In any event we need to seriously consider expanding our road systems. Rant done! Side Rant: I must have been sleeping when the memo went out to a number of St. Lucian drivers who decided that our weather is so hazy that they need to keep their fog lights on. Thanks you so much for temporarily blinding me! Assholes! Side Rant: I must have been sleeping when the memo went out to a number of St. Lucian drivers who decided that our weather is so hazy that they need to keep their fog lights on. Thanks you so much for temporarily blinding me!
Perhaps it is time for the entire population to retake their drivers license test or do we just need more roads?