Idiot on Board?
August 08, 2011
I followed the SUV at a safe distance because it was driving quite erratically, weaving in and out of traffic, speeding up and slowing down, and being generally unsafe. I was directly behind the car when the driver made a right-on-red without checking for oncoming traffic. No, the baby wasn’t driving, an idiot was.
I’ve often wondered what those little yellow stickers mean, and more importantly, how was I supposed to react to them? I have stickers on my truck. They don’t provide any information on what may be in there with me. And that is particularly true ever since I removed the National Rifle Association sticker from my rear window. I learned that those NRA stickers are an open invitation for someone to break into your vehicle. It says, “There’s a gun in this car, come and get it!”
Another problem with Baby-on-Board stickers is you have to get very close to read them. And that means you have to tailgate. Tailgating can lead to a rear-end collision, which certainly isn’t good for the baby on board.
The point is: I don’t change my driving habits because I see a sticker that says “Baby on Board” or “Show Dogs on Board.” Now if the car had a sticker saying “Explosives on Board” I might behave a little differently.
Driving While Texting
I think we need a similar system for the “Baby On Board” stickers. We could have a code that would tell you if it’s a boy or a girl, the month and year it was born, its race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, home state, favorite college, favorite sports team, whether its parents are married, divorced, or living together, how many siblings it has, and whether it’s registered as Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent. You get my drift; the possibilities are limitless; almost as good as bar-coding babies when they’re born. The stickers could then provide a lot more useful information to other drivers. It would work in my case. Whenever I see a car with an Obama/Biden sticker on it, (which for some reason is becoming rare these days) I always want to give them half a peace sign in acknowledgement. However, being a Southern Gentleman, I don’t.
In closing, my advice is: If you see a car with a “Baby on Board” sticker driving unsafely, first, check to see if the baby is driving; if it’s not, assume an idiot is.
Contact Bob Ciminel: firstname.lastname@example.org
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