We drive from St Kilda to Fitzroy between 9am and 1am 5 days a week and we watch with some trepidation what happens to traffic, drivers and pedestrians.
The national endemic is ignoring red lights by all participants which creates constant ‘mind’ chaos because no one is sure what anyone else will do. For example, the disaffected personally powerless dropkick deliberately walks across traffic fingering anyone who dares to complain. Not a good look.
Everyone has a ‘whoops’ moment being caught clipping a red light but this is vastly different from the dross who accelerate through an intersection in the full knowledge it’s red.
Enter the tourist into this mind chaos. Strange car, strange city, perhaps driving on the other side of the road and in a constant state of panic. We as locals are used to it and expect others to also be used to it with little quarter given. Yet, any tourist wants a positive experience and I speak from personal experience having driven all over Europe.
The trouble is that we don’t know who the tourists are so we have no chance to cut some slack or even smile. These people are not dross, they are tourists enjoying our space but in a constant state of panic.
The solution is simple.
Magnetic ‘T’ plates the same as ‘P’ plates identifying the driver as a tourist who may make mistakes and whom we have a duty to both understand and support.
Nice people in a nice city doing nice things being supported by nice locals.
Couldn’t be easier really.