‘Risky’ compensation?

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If there’s one thing you learn from driving on the highway before the snow plows can complete their tasks during the harshest winter in years, it’s this: People are not smart drivers.

Either that or they’re ignorant, thinking their studded tires will save them from anything. Drivers were observed last week during a particularly early time of day tailgating with blinding high beams, speeding as if it were summer through horrible storms and swerving around working snowplows as though they were simply chunks of ice.

Could it be that the theory of risk compensation is happening? That’s the theory that suggests people become less careful if they feel more protected — studded tires lead to faster driving, helmets mean kids do handstands on their skateboards or a bigger oxygen tank makes a diver stay underwater longer.

Regardless of what is happening out there, if you tailgate a snowplow you shouldn’t be driving in winter. If you’re going 120 km/hr in a blinding snowstorm, as was estimated last week in one instance, you need to turn in your licence right now, because even if you don’t care about hurting yourself, you’re endangering the rest of us.

It’s mind boggling to think that the police reportedly handed out speeding tickets last week during some of the worse weather seen in years. The officers themselves are scratching their heads.

Weather has been the number 1 news story of the past two weeks; what we’re all dealing with is bad enough. We all take our lives in our hands under the best of conditions while driving, so can we just breath for a minute and remind ourselves that nothing is worth dying or killing someone over.

Let’s stop the maniacal behaviour and start watching out for one another.

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  • Alex
    January 15, 2014 - 10:16

    The easiest way to cut down on this problem is to increase police presence on the TCH. Winter drivers are bad but some summer drivers are outright crazy, the speeds I have witnessed over the past few summers is insane. More highway patrol and more tickets might send the message.

  • Absolutely True
    January 13, 2014 - 12:40

    I agree people always in hurry getting nowhere,taking other peoples lives in there hands .Slow Down Or Stay Of Highway!

    • ted
      January 14, 2014 - 15:49

      some people pass just like you are only stopped that's wicked.*passing snowplows is one thing I did see and who ever it was were not far from the wing of the plow *some people thank because they got studded tires on thinks they can pass anyone *they should not be on the highway so far as I am concerned.*they drive crazey*life is to short must less than kill someone*I have seen a lot of near misses*please save a life*we are not in Ontario*