I had the misfortune to drive down Belconnen Way during rush hour for the first time yesterday.
This made me realise that complaints about certain Canberrans failing to use their indicators really are completely justified.
Two things are particularly galling about this.
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The first is that if they’re changing lanes so fast that they can’t get the flasher on then they’re manifestly not performing the maneuver safely.
Secondly these wannabe Mark Webbers, after performing multiple high risk maneuvers, are still only two places ahead of me when we pull up at the lights. So again they have proven themselves to be unable to assess risk/reward.
And so, those of you failing to use your indicators, I’d like to make you a promise.
President Zachary Taylor staved off the US civil war by getting in a room with the secessionist leaders, looking them in the eye, and promising to hang them by their worthless necks with his own two hands if they dared to take up arms against the Union.
Similarly if I end up in a crash because you decided to switch lanes without looking or indicating I promise I shall take my wheel lock and beat you around your soft lumpen head until my strength deserts me.
It seems self-evident that no lasting damage can be done assaulting your un-used heads. But if by some chance a vital spark is found and diminished in this process I have every faith that a jury of my peers will understand.
So have a look in your car, find the indicator, acquaint yourself with the road rules, and spare us all some aggravation.