NYC Drivers Rule When There Are No Rules

by Mike on November 1, 2012

in Anything Else,Culture,Politics

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that the Hurricane Sandy knocked out electricity in lower Manhattan.  As a result, there are no operational traffic lights in that part of the City.  With no traffic lights and a population that is known for its, let’s just call it a lack of patience, you’d expect that all hell would break loose when motorists took to the streets.

As it turns out, that isn’t the case.  Those on the ground are saying that in the last few days, New Yorkers are driving better than they normally do.  Apparently, the lack of traffic lights is causing them to drive more carefully.

It’s amazing how easy it is, even for those of us who are not normally inclined to favor government as a solution to most problems, to instinctively seek government involvement in certain areas of life.  As someone from the state with the worst drivers in the country, there is something comforting about government telling idiot drivers to do simple things like staying in their own lane, stopping on red, signaling before a turn etc.  But the government telling people to do these things obviously doesn’t work everywhere.  Maybe putting the fear of God into idiot drivers is what is needed to get them to pay attention.  Apparently, parts of Europe figured that out years ago.

It turns out government isn’t always the answer.  Don’t expect New York City to learn that lesson though.  At least not until the cup holders in those cars are too small enough to prevent the drivers from drinking anything more than 16 ounces.

Hat tip:  Instapundit

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