There’s no doubt that I grew up in a “different era”, and with a family that was Christian and law abiding. I know times were different then. I find the current behaviour of modern people very challenging.
I get so annoyed by people who have no consideration for the laws of the country and just do “their own thing” in complete ignorance of anyone but themselves.
In Australia, I think in all states, it is unlawful to ride a bicycle on public roads without wearing a helmet. But, it seems large numbers of people have no concern about riding around without a helmet. I’ve seen people ride bikes with the helmet hanging off the handle bars. That will not be helpful in preventing a head injury!
Are people ignorant? Uneducated? Or just plain stupid? Perhaps they are ignorant, uneducated and stupid. It makes no sense to me.
Watching programs on television like RBT, and other Australian police-focussed programs it is obvious that so many/too many folk are a law unto themselves. They speed, ignoring speed limits, driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, drive unregistered vehicles and drive without a licence. They often laugh it off – in complete ignorance of the results of their actions.
What is the solution?
There is so much work for our police officers that they appear to be too busy with more major issues to worry about some of the minor crimes.
What surprises me (among other things) is how many people disregard a range of our laws.
I’ll sound very sexist here, but clearly more men seem to be in trouble with the law. Just open a newspaper or listen to the media, and over and over it is males who are in the headlines.
On the roads, and in the television programs it is men who are caught breaking the law. Today in the news two men are caught stealing $1500 worth of cacti (see here). Last night there was vision on the news of a man stealing from a home where the husband was working at the side of the house and with two young children IN the house. What GRUBS!!
What can be done to change this? Do we need more police? Heavier fines? Greater alternative punishment? More women in power?