It didn’t take long for one of my favourite Blacktop Blockheads to crop up. I was driving west on 15th Avenue. As I came across Ospika, a vehicle made a right-hand turn onto 15th.
There was snow on the ground, but there were four fairly well-defined tracks for westbound traffic. So our hero decided the only logical thing to do was drive in the two middle lanes, effectively blocking both lanes while they tried to remember if they had ever gotten their license back from the RCMP.
At that same intersection, I also saw a driver do something that goes beyond Blacktop Blockhead to something on a different level.
Heading north on Ospika, there are two left-turn lanes onto 15th Avenue. The outside lane had three or four vehicles in it, and there was nobody in the inside lane.
Until one vehicle came charging up, managing to time the light change just right so they could charge into the intersection without slowing down.
I am sure many of you who have used that intersection will be saying, “Allan, that happens all the time. There’s nothing unusual about a driver doing that.”
Two points to make: First, I can’t hear you.
Second, what this driver did went beyond anything I had seen before. They came charging through the intersection, immediately (without signalling) moved into the other lane, and turned on to the frontage road leading to the Tim Horton’s.
I couldn’t believe my eyes.
It’s not just four-wheeled menaces which have found their way onto our roads early this winter.
On at least three occasions, I have come across a pedestrian walking pretty much right down the middle of the road.
I’m not talking a foot away from the curb, I’m talking pretty close to where the centre line would be if you could see it.
And, of course, two of them were on their cellphones, just to make it clear they had no concern for their own safety or that of drivers who might feel themselves forced to take some kind of action to avoid a collision.
If this is what people are like now, in mid-November, I’m really worried how stupid they’re going to be in February.