…with whom I share the road…
[shair]noun4.to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly
I know that things crop up in life that make us take to the road and maybe not be as attentive or careful as we normally would be.
I watch car after car whiz past me and think maybe that guy’s wife is in labor now with triplets. Maybe that woman’s mother was just taken to the hospital from an accident scene. Maybe this is the first time that gentleman has been late to work in five years, and wouldn’t it be the day that important presentation needs to start on time!
I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, think kind thoughts, be forgiving. But sometimes it gets tough. It’s hard to rationalize that 85 to 90% of the people on the road are in crisis mode in which it is crucial to move from A to point B in the fastest amount of time, ignoring all traffic signs (speed limit!) and rules (yield, signal your intentions, leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you).
Traffic laws are put in place for a reason: for the greater good of the public at large. Even if you feel you are an extraordinary driver for whom most traffic laws are not necessary and should not apply, most of the people around you are average and it is safer for them and for you, if you follow the rules. The road is not yours, nor mine, nor anyone else’s. We share (see definition above). While you drive it is never only about you. It’s about you and everyone on the road with you arriving at their destination safe and sound.
Honestly, there simply must be room on a three-lane, one-directional highway for me to do the speed limit.
It is my job to be safe and courteous to other drivers on the road. It is not my job to facilitate the commission of a crime.
crimenoun1.an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or tothe interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.