31 March 2012

Dumb and Dangerous

Do you remember the old Manfred Mann song, Do Wah Diddy Diddy and the line, "There she was, just a walking down the street"? I do - and if she had been simply walking down the street, (even if she was singing, "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do" and raising a few eyebrows in doing so) there would not have been a problem.

But she wasn't.

She was running.

Not down the street but across the road.

On a bend on a main road with limited visibility on both sides of her.

With a pram.

Naturally having limited visibility - especially on the "other side" to her left , she was unable to see oncoming traffic. And they were unable to see her from any sort of distance.

That's why there was a screeching of breaks and a tooting of a car horn as a thankfully alert driver managed to stop in time before hitting the pram.

The fact that she was running meant she was taking a chance - and she knew it. For crying out loud, you do not take chances with your children - or anyone else's children. They depend on you - they are in your hands. If you want to to take a chance running across a busy road with limited visibility, that's your problem.

But not when "looking after" a child.

For Pete's sake, what the hell was wrong with using the refuge island a bit further along the road? Cars always stop for mums or dads with children, old ladies and the odd blackbird.

Of course if anything had happened, it wouldn't have been your fault would it? Oh no Siree. It would have been the council's, the government's, the drivers fault. Not the fault of some prat who decided to take a chance of playing "chicken" while in possession of a toddler filled pram!

Don't expect me to have any patience or tolerance, for anyone who deliberatel;y and knowingly puts the lives of their children at risk in such a reckless situation, with so many foreseeable dangers.

Wherever you may be - be safe
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