Every work day as I drive to and from work along the Tuggeranong Expressway observing the dangerous maniacs just meters from me, I reflect upon the fact that driving a vehicle on the roads is a grave responsibility, as if it is not done legally and safely the consequences can be death, destruction and the maiming of many people.
In order to acquire and keep a license to drive a vehicle on Canberra’s roads, one should deserve to have it by earning the right to do so. In other words it should be a privilege to have a license to drive. Instead it has become a right that we all expect. This is wrong, as the consequences are death, destruction, many ruined lives and trails of misery for many Canberrans.
The great majority of drivers on Canberra’s roads do not deserve to have a license, as they regularly and deliberately drive illegally and dangerously endangering the lives and property of others. This is an indisputable fact that can be easily verified by simple observation.
In my opinion, based on 37 years of driving in Canberra, 80% to 90% of drivers of vehicles other than motorcycles fall into this category whereas for motorcyclists it is 99.9%. I was going to make this 100% of motorcyclists but I am giving a couple of motorcyclists out there the benefit of the doubt, although in 37 years I have not seen them. These estimates of mine of course are disputable but I think that I am pretty close to the mark.
So, in Canberra, 80% to 90% of drivers of vehicles other than motorcycles, and 99.9% of motorcyclists, do not deserve the right to have a license. So removing their licenses, and forcing them to earn the right to have one, would save many lives and much property, and preserve the health of those who would otherwise be maimed. On top of this many millions of dollars that is wasted as result of the actions of these dangerous maniacs could be put to much better use.
And, oh yeah, this would also solve traffic congestion and traffic pollution.
Therefore, in order to significantly reduce the carnage and misery, solve traffic congestion and traffic pollution, and save many millions of dollars, I strongly urge the ACT government to show some guts and turn the current ludicrous situation where the possession of a license to drive is a right that must be maintained regardless of the consequences, into one where it becomes a privilege that is earned.