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2014 年 3 月 24日

危險駕駛何時了

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一名男子於今年2月2日開車經中和時,疑因癲癇發作衝進便利超商;不久前的1月初,台北一位女士出車禍,原因是開車時忘了脫掉高跟鞋!

無獨有偶,據大陸《都市快報》報導,2013年12月26日,杭金衢高速交警在巡邏時攔下一輛歪歪扭扭行駛的轎車,發現駕車女子竟然在開車的同時給孩子餵奶。女子表示,從浦江開到金華,寶寶哭鬧不止,沒辦法,只好邊開邊餵奶。

有癲癇病自應避免開車;穿高跟鞋開車,就像踩高蹺溜冰,當然危險;邊駕車邊餵奶,匪夷所思。但以上故事與三年前北京巿一起離奇車禍相比,簡直是小巫見大巫。當夜,高級跑車上一男二女,駕車者為高幹子弟,三人全裸,男亡女傷,什麼事非得在行駛的車上做才過癮?

根據美國高速公路資料,公路上行駛的駕車者,有看書的,有打盹的,有玩電玩的,有剪指甲的,女有化妝塗脂抹粉、男有刮鬍理髮的,還有洗臉刷牙的,當然少不了相吻做愛的。

甚至一位新購入加長型旅遊車的駕車者,行駛在堪薩斯巿至聖路易的70號州際公路上,想喝杯咖啡,卻不肯下車,剛巧遇上一段筆直的路面,就突發奇想把褲子上的皮帶解下,綁在已固定時速的方向盤上,走到後面的車箱去取咖啡。這樣一輛無人駕駛的旅遊車,最終因為主人取咖啡的動作太慢而翻覆。

台灣的計程車運將也有「神」的一面。許多人邊開車,邊看電視連續劇,同時又與乘客談政論經,間或忙得接接手機。一心多用之外,偶有口嚼檳榔,甚至心血來潮,逆闖單行道者。

到目前為止,除了沒聽說過開車的人同時洗澡之外,好像什麼事都有人做過。

難怪,據世界衛生組織的報告,全球交通事故至今每年要奪去近124萬人的生命。

註:本文曾載於聯合報(2014年3月11日)。

When can dangerous driving be brought to an end?

On 2 February this year, a man ran his car into a convenience store while driving through Zhonghe district in New Taipei City, probably due to a fit of epilepsy. In early January, a driver had a traffic accident because she had not taken off her high-heeled shoes.

Here is a similar case. According to a report from Metro Express on the mainland, traffic police patrolling the highway stopped a zigzagging passenger car, only to find that the driver was breast-feeding her baby while steering through traffic! The young woman explained that her baby had cried all the way from Shanghai to Jinhua in Zhejiang province, so she had no choice but to nurse her baby.

It goes without saying that a person troubled with epilepsy should avoid driving; a driver wearing high-heels is like a person skating on stilts; and a mum should not be nursing a baby while driving. However, all three incidents pale in comparison to the following monstrously bizarre accident that took place in Beijing three years ago. That night, one man and two young women, all from high-ranking official families, were found naked in a luxury sports car. What on earth drove them to behave in such a way on the road at high speed?

According to US highway statistics, drivers are often found to be reading, dozing, playing computer games, manicuring their nails, putting on make-up, shaving, cutting their hair, washing their faces and even brushing their teeth! And, of course, not to be omitted, some are discovered kissing and even making love.

There was an even more incredible incident involving a driver of a newly-purchased extra-long limousine who was seized with a sudden desire for a cup of coffee while driving on interstate Highway 70 from Kansas City to St Louis. Reluctant to stop his car to get the coffee, he set the cruising speed and fixed the steering wheel with his leather belt at a straight stretch of the road, and went to fetch his coffee from the back of the car. The unmanned vehicle overturned because the driver took so long percolating his brew.

Taxi drivers in Taiwan time and again present some "exceptional" sights as well. Many watch TV on a tiny dashboard screen while looking for fares or chatting with passengers about the current political and economic situation. Occasionally, they take calls from their mobile phones, too. In addition to these distractions, some cabbies chew areca nuts, and even recklessly run against the traffic in the opposite lane.

Until now, drivers have been found doing all sorts of things, save taking a bath. No wonder, the casualty rate due to traffic accidents throughout the world has reached 1.24 million each year, according to a WTO report.

Note:
This article was originally published in Chinese in the United Daily News (11 March, 2014).

March 24, 2014

 

 

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