I post this because stupidity and/or inability to think rationally in life and death situations is not addressed in any license qualifying tests. While there are a great many people who, under normal situations, are intelligent, rational, people, there are some who completely freeze up under stress, or take the word of some gadget even when their own eyes and brain should be sending them messages that the information is incorrect. (The former being of the inability to think rationally, and the latter just being plain stupid). Case in point. A well-educated, mature woman, who has been behind the wheel for 10 plus years was traveling through an intersection in NYC. She struck a pedestrian who was crossing against the light. He, apparently possessing in equal abundance both ignorance of his surroundings and amazing agility, managed to leap at the last second, thereby ending up on her hood with his back smashing out the windshield. (And, no, I don't think the fact that she's a woman = bad driver. Unless she's Asian as well... Freakin' Asians... We all know Asians can't drive for shit) I can only assume this was too much for the woman, as she completely froze. For some reason, she slammed her foot on the throttle (instead of the brake), and continued down Broadway with this poor man screaming for his life. A half block later, she then proceeded to mount the sidewalk, at which point the shock of mounting the curb flung her impromtu passenger into the window of a diner. Not content with the removal of her surprise guest, she continued down the sidewalk for a few hundred feet, mowing down three more people before becoming wedged by a lampost. (Foot still on the throttle, mind you). Finally, that switch in her brain flipped, and let off the gas. Luckily, no one was killed, or even critically injured. She was not DUI, so was not criminally charged in this instance, though I imagine there will be multiple lawsuits. My sticking point with this, is that they did not take her license, or at the very least send her for some help with this problem (I'm not sure what that would be, medication, psychotherapy). Whatever the case may be, I don't believe this person deserves to be behind the wheel. People of this temperment are dangerous, even more so than the plain stupid, because they're undectectable until tragedy strikes. They end up compounding a bad situation into a scene of destruction. By no means is this type of driver as bad or worse as someone who drives under the influence, especially those with repeat DUI or DWIs (I think 2 strikes and you're out. FOR GOOD.) or as dangerous as the reckless drag racer, but the aforementioned infractions would result in a suspension or even revocation of one's license if caught. Being prone to freeze up is not a crime, but it can, and obviously will, result in injuries or even death. Just sayin' /Rant
TomTom? or DumbDumb (Tiny URL used as original exceeds 140 characters. Page is Reuters article) Drivers following the directions of their satnavs or GPS systems, are more prone to turn off their brains, and dispense with common sense in lieu of their gadget.