RanDUMB Conversation: Cab drivers should know the rules of the road
I love how cars weave in and out of traffic on York Road. For one second, I wish that people would realize that they are driving a vehicle that weighs more than three tons that can hurt or even kill someone. I doubt that thought crosses their mind until something terrible actually happens.
Either way, this craziness brings me to a conversation I overheard between a young woman and a taxi driver.
I was walking to class along York Road around 5 p.m. last Thursday. Traffic was heavy, as it usually is around this time of day. I noticed a taxi weaving in and out of traffic. My initial reaction was, “Wow, this guy is going to wreck!” The light at Aigburth was about to turn red when I heard a loud screeching noise. Following the noise, there was a subtle “thump.” The young woman in the car that was hit, we’ll call her Anna, got out and had a conversation with the cab driver:
Anna: Oh my gosh. Did you just hit my car?
The cab driver opens the door and starts to yell at the young woman.
Cab driver: What is going on here? Why did you stop?
Anna: The light was turning red!
By this time, the cab passengers got out of the car and waited on the sidewalk.
Cab driver: I am so sorry. I thought [you’d] go past. Look, look, there is no damage.
Anna: That’s not the point! You shouldn’t be driving like a crazy!
Cab driver: I’m not a crazy, I [sorry].
Anna: You drive a cab, aren’t you supposed to be a good driver?
Anna’s comment made her my new favorite person. I completely agree: I think that cab drivers, bus drivers and police officers should follow the driving laws accordingly. If anything, they should be more cautious and aware of the driving laws. That means using your turn signal when making a turn and not weaving in and out of traffic.
Since there was no damage to either of the vehicles, both drivers jumped back into their cars and drove off. Needless to say, the passengers of the cab did not get back in the car. I wonder if they had to pay for the time they were in the vehicle.