2010 – Iki-shi, Nagasaki-ken, Japan, Earth

02-08 / “H” is for “Hazardous”

Construction is a common sight despite the size of our tiny island.Just down the street from my house, they’ve started construction repairing the roads.  Again.  This is maybe the fourth time they’ve worked on it in the last six months.  What they’re doing, I don’t know, but it seems wildly inefficient.  It’s also extremely frustrating, as it makes my drive to work that much more difficult.

Why is this hazardous, you might ask, aside from the usual construction hazards?  Well, most people on Iki have no idea how to drive.  I always thought I was okay on the road rage front until I came to Iki and experienced the 90-year-old grandmother put-putting her way up a hill, or the crazy speed demon who thinks it’s an awesome idea to pass on a curve in the dark.  Sure, Japan will be happy to tell you that they have the lowest rate of traffic fatalities in the developed word.  What they forget to add is that they have one of the highest rates of accidents.  Fatalities are low because speed limits are low.  (Highest on Iki?  50 km/hr.  About 30 miles/hr.)


One response

  1. Just imagine if even more people had cars–like everyone in Tokyo. They surely wouldn’t have the lowest rate of traffic fatalities then. 😛

    February 11, 2010 at 04:25

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