May 24th, 2009

Motorists on the edge

Posted in The Job - General by 200

One of my gripes over the years about members of the public has been about their inability to appreciate the needs of others, particularly when in their car.

Anyone who has ever stood on a  road closure or answered a phone during a serious RTC will know that their ire knows no bounds when it comes to being held up because someone has been so inconsiderate as to die further up the road.

People don’t give a flying fuck that the reason we’ve shut the road is in order to find out why someone has been killed so we can give the family some kind of answer to the question ‘why?’; they are late for something & it’s the police stopping them. I have zero sympathy for people who complain when the traffic has come to a stand still. Never had when I was standing there on the road turning them back, never will.

But, I had a sneaky moment of empathy with someone in China who got fed up with a suicidal male threatening to jump off a bridge recently. Traffic had been held for five hours while the authorities tried to persuade Chen Fuchao to  come away from the parapet.

Lai Jiansheng, aged 66, was so fed up he walked up to Mr Fuchao, shook his hand, and pushed him off the bridge.

Fortunately, the would be suicidee landed on an air cushion which had been set up below the bridge & is currently recovering in hospital. Mr Jiansheng was arrested. I can’t help thinking there were many silent cheers from the queues of motorists.

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  1. Boy on a bike says:

    I cheered loudly from the safety of my office.

    May 25th, 2009 at 03:53

  2. Oi says:

    Now thats a class act!

    May 25th, 2009 at 04:14

  3. Chris says:

    Lai Jainsheng; there’s a man who’s living the dream.

    Surely I’m not the only one who thinks of public suicide attempts as sheer selfish egotism? If you’re serious about ending it all then run a warm bath and open a vein (much easier to clean up, less disruption). Don’t involve other people in your private psycho-drama.

    May 25th, 2009 at 11:21

  4. pchawkeye says:

    You’d wonder at motorists some times, like when my mate and I were manning a motorway closure, car blocking the entrance and the rest coned off. along came Mr Motorist , got out of his car and started to move the cones, this prompted the question, ‘what are you doing?’
    ‘I’m going to Manchester’ says dumbo. After a short discussion, ‘Well how do I get to Manchester then?”Same way you’d go before they built the Motorway’ says I. Man then returns to car with puzzled look and drives off the wrong way.
    I was told a long time ago, a fatal or serious accident is a crime scene. Shut the road and keep it shut until YOU consider it safe to reopen.

    May 25th, 2009 at 12:25

  5. Itwasntme says:

    It may surprise you that as a MOP I don’t moan when I’m caught in traffic due to road closure. I think about the casualties and the families and am just glad it isn’t me! The other week I missed all but the last 1/2 hour of a concert of my all time favourite band in a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them, due to a 5 hour delay on the M25. I knew when they shut the M25 at rush hour on a Friday, that meant it was serious/fatal. I realised that life is more important than the concert and just waited patiently. Reading these blogs really helps me to keep things in perspective and see things from other people’s point of view.
    I’d like you to know, you do make a difference!
    By the way, it’s really funny when you’re sat stationary on the motorway and you wind your windows down and play “The Muppet Show” at full volume on your stereo. It’s amazing how many pissed off people you can make smile!

    May 25th, 2009 at 22:34

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