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Where are all the traffic police that are supposed to be patrolling the motorways? Are they all on one long extended coffee break or something? During a journey into Manchester this week I realised just how bad our roads really are, as a passenger you tend to notice other drivers bad habits more. In a thirty minute journey the following is what I observed.
No less than 30 drivers tailgating at high speed causing the drivers in front to swerve out of the way in panic. Thank god for the quick reaction of the other drivers who moved to let them into the middle lane to get of the way of the dangerous drivers doing the tailgating!
A woman drifting across the lanes - when passing her she was on her phone totally unaware of her actions. One woman applying make-up at a speed of 80mph! 20 drivers were talking on their mobiles and 15 drivers changed lanes without indicating. I witnessed 2 drivers shoot across from the fast lane because they suddenly realised their junction was approaching, causing all the other drivers to take very quick evasive action. One man had a coffee in one hand (the hand on the steering wheel) and a mobile phone in the other hand.
I saw a woman TRYING to drive with a bunch of kids climbing all over the car. Then there was a man in a car flashing his lights and sounding the horn because he wanted us to move out of the way, we were doing 70mph in the fast lane ( i thought this was the speed limit?) Applying makeup at speed is one thing, but there was one woman applying make up and eating breakfast at the same time! Another woman obviously dropped something and was trying to reach for it whilst driving at 70mph. Doing stupid things whilst driving at speed is dangerous, but I saw one couple sitting in the middle lane doing about 50mph forcing other drivers to pass them on both sides which I think is just as dangerous. Last but not least, there was the idiot who cut up a woman driver causing her to swerve in front of another car missing it by inches! I am just amazed that I didnt actually witness an accident.
I would like to know though, where are all the traffic police? If they actually be there to stop the madness then cant they employ some volunteers to drive police like cars up and down the motorways to act as a deterrent? We all see the brake lights come on when a police car is spotted, so perhaps we should have a lot more of them out there or even a system where you can name and shame the bad drivers.