Monday, April 9, 2007

Paying Attention to The Road

In Thailand, Buddhists are getting ready to celebrate their new year. In celebration of this, they are giving drivers super sour hard candy. The candies are intended to stop accidents on the roads following hard partying by the Thai people. According to the AP:

It's the most important holiday and biggest party time in Thailand, but also a time of carnage on the highways due to the heavy incidence of drunk driving.
While the Buddhists's hearts are in the right place, isn't this like putting a band-aid on an amputated leg? While it might make the doer feel better, it's missing the larger point at hand. Why doesn't Thailand take a cue from America on days that Americans get piss drunk: give drunk people free taxis home instead of letting them endanger themselves and innocent bystanders by getting behind the wheel intoxicated. But, I am only a lowly blogger. What does my voice really matter?