Wrong and strong attitude
On Tuesday at 5.30 p.m., my husband and I were driving home and as we turned from Fifth Street, Barataria to get into the ‘Croisee’, a group of pedestrians took the opportunity to cross the road even though the traffic light was green.
We were forced to make an abrupt stop, hindering cars that were now blocking the Priority Bus Route. The pedestrians strolled casually, many were even chatting on their cellphones. Needless to say, the drivers behind our car started blowing their horns and shouting at us. So my husband attempted to ease forward slowly in order to clear the intersection. Well, who tell him to do that? We were subjected to obscene language from men, women and children.
We still tried to ease forward as we were causing a complete back up of cars by now and pedestrians were still crossing even though they saw what was happening. As my husband made an attempt to drive forward, a young man ran out in front of the car although the light was still green and was almost knocked down. As we screeched to a halt, he proceeded to throw the soft drink he was drinking all over our vehicle and then tried to smash the bottle onto the roof. We drove off just in time.
Now, what if my husband and I were just as ‘ignorant’ as that young man and had a cutlass or gun in the car? He would now be a crime statistic and his mother would be crying that he was ‘a good boy’. Why do Trinidadians continue to perpetuate this ‘bad-john’ mentality when that is one of the factors that has our island in such trouble? Why do citizens engage in behaviour that is clearly wrong and then have a nasty attitude about it? If those pedestrians were in the US, they may have been charged for jay-walking. But of course, we do not even have police on the streets in Trinidad, so how can anyone be charged for anything?
The Croisee in San Juan is a horrible place to drive through on afternoons as PH drivers reverse onto the Saddle Road and use the narrow streets as their personal taxi-stands causing a pile up of traffic. One would think that this is an area where there would be a police presence, but this is never done on a continuous basis. When will things ever work right in this nation? When will the ‘wrong and strong’ attitudes change?