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I find it hard to believe that reversing on a highway is not as dangerous as driving in the opposite direction of the lane you’re in.

…Well, okay, based on physics, and probability, driving in the opposite direction should be more dangerous. After all, you would be driving faster if you were merely reversing your car, and so the force of the collision would be much more powerful. But what if we compared driving in the opposite direction on a 40 km/h road and reversing on a 100 km/h highway? Well, I’m not doing the math for that one now, but I would think that the latter would create a more devastating situation than the former.

Interestingly, the demerit points for reversing on highways is 2, while the points for driving in the opposite direction is 3. Hm. Aren’t violations scaled against the points system based on how dangerous they are to the general public? I’d have to say I’d be pretty freaked out if I nearly ran into some idiot who decided to reverse in the middle of an expressway. Perhaps the points for such a ridiculous crime should be increased by one… It’s likely no one will feel the effects of the raise, anyways — I’ve never heard nor seen of anyone backing up on the 401 yet.

Well, hopefully not.

I’m studying for my driver’s handbook, and under the “Driver Distractions” section, it states that careless driving (which happens to include eating, drinking, reading, grooming, and using cell phones) can potentially land you six demerit points, six months in jail, and up to $1000 in fines. Oh, and your license might be suspended for two years too.

Talk about heavy handed in punishments.

Not that I like careless drivers. In fact, I’m the type who gets quite annoyed when I see drivers yapping on their phones or changing lanes without signalling. But, you know, it would really, REALLY be sad if you were driving home from a long workout at the gym, decided to take a small sip from a tetra box, and got thrown in jail for six months AND fined $1000.

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