I think my point can be made best when you look at the following website http://www.asirt.org/roadwise.htm that states:
• drive aggressively and honk their horns frequently
The choice here is either not to drive and rely on the buses, drive yourself, or walk. I am personally less afraid of the bus I get to work every morning blowing up, and more concerned that it is going to flip over as the driver speeds around corners and cuts up traffic on the motorway to get me to work on time. Nevertheless it takes preference over driving. It is not like in England, where I would drive to work early each morning, still feeling a little sleepy, but relying on the fact that the other drivers around me would be driving at a sensible speed and taking care not to crash into anything. In Israel, the roads resemble something more like a dodgem ride at the fair. You have to constantly have your wits about you in order not to ‘crash into’ another car that barely noticed your car as it swerved across 3 lanes to get to the exit it didn’t want in the first place!
So my point is…. In this country filled with bad drivers and a rising death toll from road accidents, what is it that the Israeli police force is doing to rectify the situation?
Yes… you read correct. Since January 1, 2006 it is now the law that every car must have a yellow jacket visible inside the car. I stress the word visible as it is not enough to have the eyesore in your boot along with your spare tire and other breakdown essentials. No according to Israeli law, it has to be visible so that when the police drive past you they can see the yellow jacket flashing brightly in your car and know not to fine you. So as opposed to fining bad drivers, the Israeli police see it of a greater issue that we all look like fools and wear yellow jackets when driving!
Now while I am writing this I understand that Israel is not the only country who has decided to implement this law. Belgium and other countries in Europe are also getting on the Yellow Jacket bandwagon. Pretty soon all drivers around the world will resemble the cast from Hi-de-Hi!! I’d like to see Jeremy Clarkson’s view on that one! Here is hoping that England will not be stupid enough to follow yellow suit.
What is the purpose of the yellow jacket?
Well, although my first response was “fuck if I know”, the truth is the idea behind the yellow jacket is actually very clever. It is for when you break down or crash on a road, so that other drivers can see you and not nock you over… it is a life saving device. My issue is that in a country where the drivers barely notice other cars on the road, what makes the authorities think that they are more likely to notice a pedestrian in a yellow jacket? Perhaps we should be taking the yellow fever one step further and just have all cars painted illumines yellow in the hope that more Israeli drivers will notice other vehicles on the road!
Happy driving people!