Dublin’s tram network, the LUAS, has now released a fine video of not-so-fine eejits ignoring traffic lights and getting a bit close for comfort. Quite disturbing viewing.
But then again, so are all traffic videos. Like those taken by red light cameras in Germany. Or, if you dare, google for the countless “Russian Car Crash Compilation” videos on YouTube. Many of those make you wonder whether the drivers have undergone a full lobotomy. Then again … the Soviet Union was one of the first countries actually to ban lobotomies. Interesting snippet.
But back to Ireland … it is actually quite frightening how careless drivers, but also bicyclists and pedestrians, are near the LUAS. That big thing, about the size of a submarine, is a train. Not a toy. Most people would think twice before running across a train track when the lights are red. Those who don’t often never think anything any more. Because, yes, you are toast when the train gets you.
Actually a collision with the LUAS is slightly less risky. They are designed to plough pedestrians and bicycle ex-riders to the side, not slicing and dicing them. And the lightweight build of the LUAS is no match for lorries. In a collision with a car, it usually is a draw. Still, even just a LUAS hitting the emergency break might lead to loss of life and limb. Because the passengers inside may not stop as fast as the tram itself. Inertia. Without a seatbelt you are victim to it.
No wonder the LUAS (or Veolia) has a fleet of own emergency response vehicles …