Take Away the E
I am terrified. I find it difficult to leave the safety of my home. I suspect that many of my fellow citizens feel the same way. And my government has failed to find a solution to the ongoing carnage and the rising death toll.
By the end of 2022, terror attacks carried out by Palestinian or Arab-Israeli terrorists had killed some 27 Israeli civilians and foreign nationals. Sad as this is, it a drop in the ocean compared to the more than 350 people killed in traffic accidents, to say nothing of those left with life-changing injuries.
If I find myself facing a terrorist, I can pull out my legally held gun and defend myself. I would probably be considered a hero. But, if I find myself threatened by a careless, reckless, driver I am not allowed to shoot them. Yes, our roads are unsafe, and the government is unable, or perhaps unwilling, to do anything to solve the problem.
There are a number of possible solutions ranging from technological to psychological. Let us take a look.
We are all familiar with the concept of GPS. Our cell phones know where we are and are always ready to take us to our desired destination. It should not be too difficult to use GPS to restrict the car’s speed according to the local speed limit. Most cars are automatic, however hard you try to put the pedal to the metal your car will know better. Speeding will be a thing of the past. We will feel safe and comfortable knowing that there is something high in the sky watching over us.
Perhaps it is time for harsher punishments. A driving license is not a human right, it can be taken away. And how about a green light to be attached to the roof of the car. It would be confiscated when a license is cancelled. Any car without a green light would be obvious to everyone, casual drivers and police alike.
Yes, it is time to take away the e. Let the careless drivers be car less.
We will all be much safer.
(No picture today. We see too many smashed cars in our everyday lives. Readers do not need to see yet another one.)