Crazy Drivers

January 12, 2008

One of the things I remember most vividly about my staying in the USA is the reputation of Italians as “crazy drivers”.

A well deserved reputation, of course, both for the Italian drivers’tendency to constantly break the Highway Code rules and for the definetely excessive speed we practise on our roads.

As an example, I remember my American friends yelling at me because I very nonchalantly seldom stopped at crossroads or because I ued to have the tendency to go over the frustrating 55 mph limit normally enforced on many highways. Beside all, the lack of discipline means thousands of dead and injured persons and that’s too high a price. In 2006, in Italy over 16 dead and 912 injured a day which means up to 5.700 cancelled lives in a year.

Recently, the Italian Minister of Transport Alessandro Bianchi made a revolutionary proposal: to install on cars a speed limit device also through law enforcement. As a matter of fact, it seems to have been demonstrated that in countries where the so called “Tutor” is in use the mortality rate has lowest up to 50%.

The question now is: will the Minister succeed in overtaking the obstacles he will sure find on this road?



  1. I seriously thought I was going to die once when our Italian friend was driving us around. So to calm myself down, I asked him to dictate some of his best pasta recipes to me. That way, I was in the back seat writing the recipes down, so I didn’t have to see all of the near misses.

  2. also in english!? wow!
    I’m trying to understand the spread of blogs, it’s very fascinating

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