I’m supposed to be on vacation, but I’m not sure my last blog forwarded that tidbit of information on to my Twitter and Facebook accounts because I haven’t figured how to make the iPhone TypePad app do that, if in fact it can.
Anyway, to Twitter followers and Facebook friends, that's why you haven't heard much from me lately.
Geez - did I just write those last two sentences, let alone know what they meant?
Vacation or no, I couldn’t let this Idiot Driver of the Day slide:
Around 10 to four last Saturday afternoon, a woman was heading sort-of eastbound (haven’t really figured out directions here in Thunder Bay yet) on the Harbour Expressway in her gray Chrysler PT Cruiser, turning right on Balmoral - with her ‘kick-me’ dog on her lap.
This is so wrong on so many levels, I barely know where to begin.
First, the dog had his head sticking out the window. Where’s PETA when you need them?
Now, I understand dogs love to do this. But let’s face it: there have been no canine Nobel Prize Winners, and dogs cannot foresee the terrible damage a chunk of gravel or a June bug can do to their eyes.
If you can’t - or won’t - put little goggles on your little doggie, keep them inside your car, fer cryin' out loud. Many motorcylists would not wear a helmet if it weren’t law (and they often don’t in jurisdictions where it isn’t mandatory), but I don’t see any of them riding bare-eyed on a bike with no windshield.
Second, what happens in a crash? Poor little Fido becomes a secondary air bag.
Third but most important, this surely is pretty much the definition of “crowding the driver", which is contrary to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and surely every other such act as well, not to mention nearly the stupidest thing you can do.
Fido barks at another passing dog, startles the driver and - well, you figure it out from there.
I said “nearly" the stupidest thing you can do?
Not quite THE stupidest - that might have been a man I once saw driving down University Avenue in downtown Toronto - with his KID on his lap.
How do these people put one foot in front of the other to even get to their cars in the morning?