Don’t Look

On my morning drive to work today, I noticed a flock of hovering helicopters ahead.  That usually means some kind of activity that is going to slow or stop traffic.  Sure enough, a minute or so later, nothing but red tail lights.  There was an accident ahead.  Then I noticed that the on-coming traffic was missing.  The accident was on the other side of the freeway.

So why was the traffic slowing down and stopping on my side of the road?  Absolutely no good reason!  Drivers were slowing to look at the accident.  I have no idea what happened.  I make it a policy never to look because I don’t want to add to the needless slowing.  The radio said it was a 4-car collision and debris was scattered across several lanes.  But I’m sure that the debris wasn’t in the south-bound lanes.  It was only a bunch of drivers acting like they had never seen a car wreck before.

Please don’t add to the confusion by looking at car wrecks.  Besides the minor annoyance of causing traffic to stop for no good reason, it’s dangerous.  Often, new accidents are spawned by drivers who are more attentive to the wreck than to the car in front of them.

So let’s just not look.

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2 Responses to “Don’t Look”

  1. CALIFORNIA GIRL :o) Says:

    I agree!!!!!!! To bad more people don’t. It is very dangerous to stop and look at an accident. Traffic pile ups are the pits.

  2. David Shadovitz Says:

    There’s another reason to not look: privacy. It’s bad enough to get into an accident, and worse to get injured. It’s bad form to gawk at a person’s misfortune.

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