Telling Lies To Motorists
I have a new game!
Riding home tonight, a car passed me as I was approaching a set of red traffic lights. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught the unmistakable shine of a mobile phone’s screen in the driver’s hand. Sure enough, when I pulled alongside, he was texting.
Naturally, I knocked on the window, and here’s how the conversation went . . .
Karl: You shouldn’t be on the phone.
Driver (face like the kid who’s just been caught red-handed with his hand in the cookie jar): I’m not on the phone.
Karl: Oh. It’s just that when I can the other way, there was a police car parked just up ahead, so watch out for it.
Driver (closes phone & shoves it into pocket): Oh, right. Thanks.
I hadn’t come from the other direction, and there wasn’t a police car, but I got the outcome I wanted. Kinda fun too - it felt naughty to be telling a blatant lie!
So - do these two wrongs make a right? Or if I keep up this sort of behaviour, will there come a time when anything someone on a bike says to a driver is automatically disregarded?