I travelled the last few days. I drove about seven hundred miles to drop my mom of at her latest and thus far only great grandson. I had the chance to observe the new breed of motorists coming back from Easter Weekend or just driving to nowhere in particular. It was an enlightening experience which shortened my life considerably (thank you, I do wish to be with my late wife as soon as our Lord will allow me).
I kept count on those I would have arrested immediately if I was still a policeman and I stopped counting at eight and decided to rather listen to decent eighties music. All of them overtook against the white line and at times against a double white line and in corners and in a pass where there is no way to avoid an accident. It was frankly the most reckless driving I have ever seen in the thirty odd years since obtaining my license.
You have to be astonished at the bloody arrogance of these drivers. I was sorely tempted now to use another word starting with "f" when I describe them for they are about to murder other road users. I noted a few things though to share with you. Of the eight no less than six were driving what is known as "double cab" truck. Of the eight no less than five had modern sporty mountain bikes fixed at the rear to show the world they are "riders" and cannot live a day without cycling. Hence it must be taken to the sea side on holiday too. To be sure there is something to be said about keeping in shape and cycling. I know something of that world since my first ex was (probably still is) into that world. So I know the average rider is arrogant and full of it most of the times but at heart a decent fellow.
But I must ask, is there a need to drive like that? So reckless that even an average state prosecutor (DA Office) will be able to press murder charges and probably make legal history doing so when, not if, they crash head-on into an oncoming vehicle. And why is it that 80% of the culprits and you have to take my word here is double cab drivers? Do they really think that a vehicle which will roll much easier than any other car is safe? Or do they really think it is even fast because if you look at the statistics, it is a slow and ponderous vehicle which struggles mightily after 200km per hour (about 120 miles). I drove fast cars in my life, first in the Flying Squad and later on I had an Audi S4 Quattro and quite a few others like a BMS 535i Motorsport. I know what a fast car is and a double cab ain't. It is not designed to drive at high speeds. It does not have the tyres to do so and it is inherently unstable.
The rest of the vehicles acting like morons were guess what, another double cab variant called the "Toyota Fortuner" which it seems everyone who tries to play the "impress the Jones game" somehow obtained. Now look, it is not a symbol that you have "arrived." If you have arrived you would be driving a Land Cruiser 200 and be done with, not a low budget copy which every second salary drawer can afford. There is nothing special about a Toyota Fortuner. But I suppose it is arrogance and I was rather astonished by it. I do believe it is because of a lack of policing. If more gets caught and prosecuted they will soon stop imitating hooligans. These people need to get off our roads and take the bus.
In many countries in the world you are fined according to income. Hence one man may get an eighty dollars fine and the other may get an eighty thousand dollar fine for the same offence. It really has to hurt to be effective and I hope this will soon become law here. I know that the traffic police are looked down on in this country. God knows, I did it myself thinking the losers who could not hack it in the real police went to them. I was wrong. They have a very important role and that is to arrest every single reckless and speeding driver. And you know what, with the black boxes in your car recording everything you do, prosecution is extremely easy. But we can help the prosecution also.
I believe we should invest in dashboard cameras and start sending tapes to the prosecutors. There is nothing illegal in taping someone driving like that on a public road. It is not in law a violation of his right to privacy. He can explain his boorish behaviour at the next court and then hopefully get a lot of exercise running from "Papa and Buba" in the cells. Really, this must end before more die and those who die are usually not the idiot causing it. If only they die I would have said please take a drive, every day now.
Tragically also I saw many times that the drunk driver and the bastard who overtakes on the white lines seldom dies. He always survive to live with guilt so he drinks even more to forget and expects the world to now feel sorry for him. Yeah, we have seen that in court also. "My Lord, my client is an orphan, we must show mercy." "Yes, Mr Idiot Lawyer, your client murdered his parents. The court takes note of that." Yep, they survive and because of their arrogance don't even understand why people like me hate them as far as I am allowed to hate by God.
I know anyone can make a mistake on the road. Hell, me too though I am an excellent driver (says those who knows me). I too have done silly things in cars and at time misjudged the distances and so forth. It happens but never so recklessly. You know we always complain about the taxi drivers and with damn good reason. However, it seems to me that the double cab drivers have now officially overtaken the BMW 3 series twats in recklessness. You know back in the eighties when I had some hair I was astonished at the three litre Ford Cortina brigade. Ah, I can write books about the zooped up mine specials from Brakpan (a small town close to Johannesburg, nice people, no offence meant). Then came the BMW3 series where every wanker and his mate had to imitate the M3 (a nice car, I almost bought the M5 once). Ah and then the Audi A4s and now my friends, the wannabees in their double cabs. Take note, you are not allowed to even park with such a vehicle in front of my office or my house. I don't want to be seen with such people and I will not appoint one to work for me if you have such tendencies. Take a hike.
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a practicing commercial law attorney for eight years. He also wrote several books on business, law, counter terrorism and security issues. He is a widower and lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.