Bad driving makes you a bully, not a free spirit

OlympiaJuly 17, 2013 

Due to what seems to me to be a growing problem in Olympia with dangerous, self-absorbed driving (speeding, tailgating, cutting people off, aggressively forcing one’s way into traffic, etc.) I’m going to make a small attempt at combating it by reminding readers of a couple of important facts.

When you get behind the wheel of a car, you’re operating a machine that could easily end someone’s life in half-a-second’s time. Using that machine in an even implicitly threatening manner, as in the ways mentioned above, is something close to evil. You might think that’s ridiculous hyperbole, but it’s not — when you use your car in this manner, you are not only threatening someone else’s life, you are actually risking their life (and your own).

Why? You need to shave five seconds off your drive-time. That’s more important than your or anyone else’s life? You’re not being a rebellious free spirit. You’re being an almost sociopathic bully.

Nearly every story you read about someone hurting or killing someone with their car has nearly identical quotes in it: “I didn’t think this could ever happen to me.” “My whole life is changed now, and what I did can never be undone.” Please think about it.

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