Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 22nd 2017 Contents letters and emails A21
Friday, September 22, 2017
Aggressive driving continues to be
a major problem on our roadways
and it is getting worse. Incidents of
shouting, rude gestures and some-
times even violence where drivers
get out of their vehicles to attack
other drivers are happening fre-
Road rage occurs when a driver
commits moving traf ic offences so
as to endanger other persons. On
many occasions when a road rage
incident occurs it is because the
person was under stress stemming
from other issues in their life. One
study estimates that more than half
of all drivers have experienced a
surge of road rage at some point,
although it doesn't necessarily
cause them to slam into the offend-
er's rear bumper or pull a weapon.
Still, many vehicular accidents hap-
pen each year because of aggres-
sive driving, which is also a leading
cause of death for young children.
We witness it every day on
our roads: people speeding past;
changing lanes with no signal;
weaving dangerously across three
lanes; passing too closely on either
side of your car; speeding up to
block you out; not allowing you to
change lanes or merge on or off the
highway; racing other cars, speed-
ing up behind as if they might in-
tentionally rear-end you; constant
It would appear that in the iscal
guava season being experienced,
much can be achieved by totally
ignoring calls for Commissions of
Inquiry. Taxpayers could do well
to argue for a yearly Special Joint
Select Committee to inform on
the nonsense going on behind our
backs. I would say that the Integ-
rity Commission just started being
Never excessively popular, the
Integrity Commission has come
to the end of it's shelf life. We
no longer need the secrecy and
the allegations of collusion, real
or imagined. We now insist on
an avenue where all members of
the public can see for themselves,
in real time, what is happening
when questions are asked. When,
where and how does money take
flight into private pockets?
The words "the truth will set
you free" now have new mean-
ing. Apologies for the suffering
of the people in Tobago but the
Joint Select Committee into the
T&T sea bridge has/is working like
a dose of salts at removing the
blockage of corruption of many,
many years. The Prime Minister is
to be congratulated for his "let it
all hangout" no-nonsense attack
on corruption in T&T. Every liar
is now in "dry dock" making re-
It is my personal view that we
have to get past the lure of always
wanting a personal piece of pro it.
It is also my view that the excel-
lence of the quality of each Perma-
nent Secretary is important to the
relevancy and upward mobility in
each government department.
How much money do we pay
them for this nail biting shorten-
ing of their lives?
In the early 70's I was attending
college in San Fernando. I walked
to Skinner Park to attend an in-
tercol game. We sat and waited
and waited. The away team never
showed up. Maybe, just maybe they
knew what was in store for them.
Disappointed, we walked to the
library where our taxi stand was.
As fate would have it the taxi driv-
ers were on strike. We walked from
San Fernando to Princes Town.
That never diminished my love for
Many a time we would leave the
stadium in tears. Ask Sprangalang,
Naps men know about losing foot-
ball games. At present our national
football is ''offside''.
We have failed dismally to qual-
ify for the FIFA World Cup. We are
ranked number 99 in the world.
Hopefully our football standard can
only get better.
The present live coverage of the
SSFL by CNC3 is a step in the right
direction. This international expo-
sure will only bene it T&T's football.
All of us cannot it in a stadium at
one time. We have a country to run.
Why is the transition from the
SSFL to national duty so arduous?
Buying a football jersey and speak-
ing loudly does not make one an
Our football future is in the SSFL.
Thank you CNC3.
tailgating; overuse of the horn;
flashing bright lights at your mirror
when you are in "their" fast lane;
obscene gestures; screaming out
the window; causing or creating
accidents; pulling over to ight; or
worse, kill the other driver.
Unfortunately, it does not look
like this problem is going away any
time soon. All you can do is be a
considerate, kind, patient, aware
driver who follows the rules of the
has reached its
Protesters display placards outside the offices of the Ministry of Works and
Infrastructure as they call for the removal of Minister Rohan Sinanan and
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, during a protest on London Street, Port-of-
Spain, on Wednesday.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
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