A hot temper and speeding clash

2016-08-16 06:00
Other drivers that disregard the rules of the road can push one’s patience to the limit.

Other drivers that disregard the rules of the road can push one’s patience to the limit.

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Superman unleashes massive blasts of heat vision from his eyes.

Mere mortals cannot do that, but drivers come close every time you glare furiously at another driver who just broke the law and has the audacity to glare right back at you.

In a cartoon your eyes will turn into knives – in reality it feels as if they are going to pop out of your skull.

It can happen on any residential road and Marcia Rudd can be any law-abiding citizen.

Two weeks ago the 52-year-old made a legal U-turn. Before she knew it the driver of a speeding white Audi flashed headlights at her and raced past her on the left-hand side in the orange line, skipped a stop street and nearly killed a cyclist.

The driver had a personalised number plate and Marcia knows the driver.

“I phoned her, but she just said ‘Wha-whawha’ and put the phone down. She probably didn’t have her hearing aid in at the time, but that day on the road her eyes were also not working right,” says a furious Marcia, who admits that her Italian and German genetic cocktail makes her see red when she gets angry.

Fiery exclamation marks accompany most of Marcia’s sentences when it comes to reckless drivers – specifically those who speed in a residential area.

“Kids walk in the suburb and others take their dogs out for a walk, so anything can happen. And it will happen, mark my words. It is an accident waiting to happen!”

Marcia was never overly fussed with speedsters, but when she moved into her house in this particular road she quickly developed a hate she cannot tame.

Her delightful dog Roxy was killed in this road four years ago and another was killed by a roaring red speeding Audi. “How can people act so inconsiderately?” she asks.

“I once killed a cat while I was driving just 40km/h, so how can someone who is speeding avoid hitting a child who is running over the road?”

Marcia concedes that she has no problem if someone breaks the speed limit on the highway, even though she always stays in the left lane and hardly ever goes beyond 110km/h. “But one should never, ever go faster than you are allowed to in a residential area – it is unacceptable!”

When someone disregards the rules to such extent, she will first freeze, then freak out and then calm down with a cup of coffee ... until a Golden Arrow bus passes her house.

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