Why speed bumps are bad.
OK so there are some roads which are dangerous and not every driver can be trusted, sadly, to behave responsibly and avoid danger for themselves and others. I generally favour encouraging people to be responsible, but if we have to have a nanny state that forces obedience rather than fostering responsibility, please can we at the very least not use a way which hurts me and other people with painful medical conditions, not to mention problems with ambulances?
Most people who are healthy just don’t realise how painful it can be to drive over those wretched things. Or to be driven over as a passenger. Maybe my car could have better suspension, but why do they have to be so angular that no matter how slowly you drive over them, they still jolt painfully?
I don’t mind the smooth ones so much, but they are becoming rare in favour of increasingly angular ones. They’ll be like kerbs soon!
The irony is that joyriders probably love going over speed bumps very fast. After all, they have stolen the car, they don’t have to care about wrecking its suspension and the bumps are probably quite exciting taken at speed if you’re that sort of person.
The other thing I don’t understand is why they spend money smoothing out potholes and then spend money adding speed bumps. Why not just leave the potholes? They have the same effect as the speed bumps and you’ve saved money twice over!
This is another example of why I don’t like healthy people making all the decisions. They ought to consult people who don’t find life so easy. People who have to live with pain and restrictions, who can’t move so well or have no strength or no energy, people who struggle to cope. People who are too tired or ill to find out where to complain to.
What do you think of speed bumps?