Real life adventures while cycling in Texas, 32.3° N 96.6° W
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Pay No Attention To The Costs
Country Club road has a sharp turn near the airport property.
It is a trap that catches incompetent drivers.
It caught another one the other day.
After destroying the gate, the motorist fled in his red vehicle.
This is part of the hidden costs our society pays in exchange for tolerating low driving competency. The costs are somewhat random and most often fall on the innocent, like this gate owner.
We protect the perpetrators of these injustices because it might hurt their feelings to point out that they are a menace to our ordered society. Their victims are faceless and without a voice.
This gate owner may have been eyeing the prospect of buying a new suit. Perhaps now he will be unable to afford it. If this were so, the tailor is also a victim of this drivers inability to keep his automobile on the road.
The dislocation of resources from wealth creating activities to replacing the premature losses of property is one of the hidden and unnoticed costs of these unskilled drivers. Our whole community is poorer for it.
They are a destructive force in our midst much like a runaway fire.
We need to find ways to identify the incompetent drivers and keep them from getting behind the wheel until they can demonstrate a higher skill set before they are unleashed on the public again. Our attitude toward their behavior needs to viewed with more alarm than the present compassionate coddling.