So this is a VERY common site on the streets of Tirana-
IDIOT drivers on the other side of the solid white line irresponsibly creating hovoc for everyone. You cannot drive across the city without seeing MANY violations of traffic rules.That's just impossible. And it's a rare occasion to drive across the city without witnessing an accident. Yesterday we say two boys on a motorcycle get knocked off. Of course they were NOT wearing helmets (I'm too cool for that), and within seconds the drivers behind the accident were blasting their horns in irritation, demanding that the victims get out of their way. Unbelievable.
In general, in most countries, drivers are normal decent people when they are not in their vehicles, but put them behind the wheel of a car and they become maniacs. I was too slow getting my camera out in the car yesterday and missed taking a shot of the man in the van driving through Tirana with his 3 yr old boy on his lap. I honestly think people are unconcerned with safety and are oblivious to the possibility of losing their own life or that of their child. Our car was hit from behind one morning this week (no damage) by a father with two young children in the front seat with NO seatbelts. The government seriously needs to start a traffic safety/awareness campaign!
I did an informal survey one day last week of seatbelt use and I found ONE person out of maybe ONE HUNDRED had their seat belt ON. Crazy! I think there's a weird law that seatbelts only need to be worn on the highways since I have seen drivers snap them off when they approach the city limits.
I wish I was a traffic cop who received commissions from each ticket I wrote! Yeah!
And here's a very common sign found on vehicles in Albania:
Read it outloud. You know how in many countries you have to post a big letter "L" on your car if you are a Learner driver? We laugh at this sign everytime we see it and nod our heads in agreement. "yep that's exactly the kind of driver you are darling". Nice call.
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