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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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A case of colour blindness?
Driving in Trinidad is astounding. There’s no other word to describe it. To astound is defined in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary as to shock or to greatly surprise. It’s “astonish” upgraded and its synonyms are amaze, startle, stagger, bewilder, perplex, flabbergast, confound, boggle, dumbfound—and all of those express succinctly how one feels driving here. Dumbfounded!
I refer not to the casual breaching of road regulations, like the traditional custom of breaking the red light. Rather, it is the attitude at the green light that boggles the imagination. This is the place where people brake! Surprise! Same drivers accelerate at the orange change. Could they be confusing the colours? Could they be colour blind? Colour blindness is not that common. We have no figures for T&T. Maybe the police doctor could start testing drivers arrested for breaking the red light for colour blindness?
But then it would take a long, long time to get a sample. Ten to 20 years or so to get a dozen? Like the breath analyzer? Driving without a seatbelt? Speaking on a cell phone? Of course the police would have to arrest themselves too. A calypso comes to mind. They come from the same population sample. Are police tested for colour blindness?
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