We are grateful for the fact that despite about 16 hours of blizzard conditions we only lost our power for less than 10 seconds. With a few exceptions most of the snow that fell actually blew into piles somewhere other than our driveway. All roads in and out of our town were closed for a lengthy period of time, but that did not stop many people from ignoring the road closure signs.
This situation did become a point of discussion between my daughter and I. Considering the number of major accident sites and the considerable number of vehicles involved, it is obvious people are not willing to keep off the roads, for a variety of reasons. One collision site had over 70 vehicles involved. There are probably a significant number of reasons why people don’t stay off the roads when weather is bad and driving conditions are poor.
Our discussion centred around the question, “Who is responsible for these vehicles being on the road?” What was the motivation and reason to risk not only personal life and limb, but that of others, and those who were responsible to respond to emergency situations?
How many drivers were so focussed on their “need” to be somewhere else they did not even consider anyone else. Did many of them just figure, they would be okay and nothing would happen to them? What about those individuals who were attempting to get to or from work because their employer was demanding they show up? It did not matter to the employer roads were officially closed. Their attitude is, show up, or there will be consequences, including the possibility of losing your job. I personally know of one such employer whose head office is not located in our province, but threatens employees with such an attitude. Where does accountability and responsibility for such an attitude rest, when the lives of people are at risk?
Such questions are part of a really complex issue. At the same time each person must take their own accountability and responsibility into account. Our choices, often long before the final situation we find our self in, must be taken into account. The choice to live in a place which dictates a necessary long commute is part of our responsibility. The choice to purchase a small fuel saving vehicle over a larger, more protective vehicle can be a life determining factor, in certain situations. The list goes on and on. What we think, believe, declare and intend does matter, because it impacts our actions which determine our reality and outcomes in life. This is true in so many different ways. There is no room for playing the blame game. Seek to make wiser choices in life.