Monday, July 5, 2010

Driving in Korea

A horrific accident with a Pohang connection — Bus to airport crashes, killing 12 — prompted this local editorial — Backward Driving Culture. The author's solution: "Traffic accidents will drop only when public perception of safety changes and rules and regulations are rigorously enforced."

I tend to think driving culture, like any aspect of culture, is very difficult to improve upon. Usually, culture only degenerates, save for periods of mass religious conversion or enlightenment.

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4 Comments:

Blogger ur2big2 said...

I am immensely saddened by this accident as I recently took the airport limo/bus from Pohang to Incheon airport. On that trip our driver was cited by the police for driving without a seatbelt and of course as soon as we were underway again the driver took his belt off again. After living in Korea for 18 years I thought we had been improving but I suppose there are unfortunate setbacks and reminders such as this one.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

Be careful crossing the street in Japan. For all the ridiculous amount of driver training they require, drivers here seem ignorant of the concept of pedestrian or cyclist right-of-way at a crosswalk -- esp. when a vehicle is turning a corner.

They...do...not...care.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I'm most saddened about the eight-year-old boy who lost both parents and two siblings, all because some woman didn't know enough to pull her car to the shoulder and stalled in the middle lane of a three-lane highway.

She probably had the "beginner" sign in the back window like they all do. Like Japan, they have ridiculous amounts of drivers' ed. here. Some things, like driving, you learn better from your dad screaming at you.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

For a Japanese driving test, the most important thing is to bow to the instructor.

The least important thing? Watching out for pedestrians or cyclists crossing in front of you.

Makes sense, doesn't it?

This is called "Japanese logic". ;)

4:53 PM  

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