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The CRYPT Mag


Broken Cars and Broken Souls

By B.L.Cann


There's no doubt about it; there are definitely more cars using the highways and byways now than there ever were.   And more drivers attempting to achieve the impossible, by trying to fit 36 hours into the working eight hour day.   Yet still they try, despite the patently obvious fact that this cannot happen.

A tired driver, a ton and a half of motor car, and speeds up to, and mostly in excess of, 70 mph.  make a dangerous mix.   Road Traffic Accidents seem to be a national pastime with the motoring public, who appear to be oblivious to the dangers of their chosen mode of transport.  Not only that, but some seem incapable of driving their charges in a safe and satisfactory manner.

So why should I be concerned?  Firstly,  I'm a recovery driver.   The fellow that has to scrape what is left of these wrecked motors off the tarmac, and make room for the next Kamikaze pilot.  The guy who puts his life on the line every time some-one has "a bit of bad luck".  The chap who, to all intensive purposes, has only his wits, and a high-visibility jacket to protect him from the above mentioned onslaught.  I can tell you, it's as safe as lion-taming with a beef jerky in your hand!

Now we come to the second reason.  Take one broken-down car, a recovery vehicle (brand new, and also static), one motorway, and a third vehicle which for whatever reason piles into both vehicles on the hard shoulder.  The result is chaos.  Though no-one is badly hurt, Paramedics, Police, and the Fire Service are duly summoned.  But the damage is done - three vehicles out of commission, and a recovery driver who finds in due course that he's lost his nerve.  The end of a career?  If it is, then who is going to clear the next R.T.A. ????

If people want to play Russian Roulette, let them do it properly.  A quiet location, one slug, and an appropriate hand gun should be all they require.  A motor-vehicle is an un- guided weapon;  could you live with someone's life on your conscience??????



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