Sometimes turning an argument upside-down helps to demonstrate how silly it is.
By Frances Murray
Published July 24, 2017
I'm sure many of you agreed wholeheartedly with Krista Dam-Vandekuyt's op-ed in Saturday's Hamilton Spectator about the bad behaviour of cyclists. Here is a different take on this theme.
I am a driving enthusiast. I love the open road and have taken many long road trips over the years. Nothing can beat the exhilaration of finally reaching your destination after 12 hours on the road.
But today I am ashamed to be considered one of you. These are the driving infractions I have witnessed in the past week:
Drivers (many) not stopping at stop signs.
Drivers speeding along residential streets, including the one I live on.
A driver did not yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian.
Three or four automobile collisions on local roads, all of which involved drivers not obeying laws, including speed laws. People died in these collisions.
Drivers tailgating me because I was driving at the 40 km/h speed limit in residential areas.
Drivers unsafely passing a cyclist.
I, too, am not a perfect driver or cyclist, and I also try my best to respect everyone on the road. However, if I make a mistake in my car, it's less likely that I will die because of that mistake.
When I'm on my bike, it is in my best interest to yield to drivers who are going too fast to see me, not paying attention, and driving vehicles so large they might not even feel the thump when they run me down.
In conclusion: drivers, what is your problem? You are giving other drivers a bad name. Because of your bad behaviour, all of you are to blame and you should all have your right to drive revoked until you are re-tested for your driver's license.
See, now the argument just sounds silly.
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