The long-awaited summer has come. The season of vacations and hotels “all inclusive”. There is one “must-have” for all. If you are on vacation, you choose a hotel with beach nearby. No one wants to get tired from shaky bus trip back and forth. However, not all hotels have their own beaches. Many hotels use city beaches. If you are interested in local sightseeing, you need feeling safety and at least a city map. Although the map is already antique. Everybody uses the Internet. Well, that’s your own choice. But there is a one common problem with all types of travelling. It is a road.
After heavy breakfast, a small group of tourists goes out of the hotel. It is one of the most beautiful hotels in Antalya on the Mediterranean coast. It is a hot morning. The sea is calling happy tourists with its gentle coolness. They just need to cross the road. But there are dozens of cars with high-speed. A huge Zebra sign and dazzling white crosswalk are not obstacles for drivers. No car stops in front of the traffic sign. No single pedestrian can cross the road. Black sunglasses are hiding shameless drivers’ faces. Tourists can see only the inquiring look through the sunglasses. Why are you standing here? What for? Ten minutes later tourists are still keeping standing at the same place. Moreover, they will not have any chance to make a single step. While someone will not dare to run between “flying” cars at their own peril and risk. However, it is hardly to believe that any parent with children can dare to run such a marathon. Although it is not rare to see such “parents on the whole head”. Elderly can trudge to the traffic light plus hundred meters go back to the beach. But the traffic light is not so safe as you think. The stop line is not a hindrance for drivers and most stop over the crosswalk. Besides if the car touches the pedestrian, it is not a problem. No one has died! Every second driver suffers from color blindness. According to them, the traffic light is always green. Sometimes when the car goes through yellow or red light, no one is surprised. The pedestrians, mostly local, cross the road through red traffic light. And this is normal. Nevertheless, the strangest thing is that the foreigners are beginning to get used to such “rules”. Bad habit is always adopted faster.
Although the city is not so big and no huge traffic jams. However, the locals like using motorcycles. During the tourist season, motorcycles are a real salvation. But, it seems, they have no sense of fear at all. You can see the whole family sitting on motorcycle. Children, regardless of age, can sit in front as well as behind. Only two of ten motorcyclists use protective helmets. Frankly speaking, the motorcycle obliges to go fast. However, no one says that final destination is a cemetery. There are many stereotypes about women drivers. Here all of them are true. It seems there are no traffic rules. Even using signals, rear and side mirrors or simply turning a head to different sides is useless “junk”. There is only one rule – speed. Both cars and motorcycles go as fast as they can. Looks like all of them participate in racing Formula-1. Only a prize is to stay alive.
So what’s the problem? The answer is simple – impunity. There are very few traffic cameras in the city. And drivers take advantage of this for their own pleasure. Only smashed cars or death can stop them. However, no one will get away just with fine. We all live by the principle “rules were made to be broken”. Perhaps following the traffic rules is not as hard as you think. After all, one day you will get the point of such racing – LIFE.