I have a bone to pick with these government and royal motorcades that careen through the streets of the capital at stellar speeds, stopping for no one and breaking the speed limit by leaps and bounds. I know these drivers are well-trained, but you know what, the rest of us citizens never got a special course in stunt-car driving. We just drive. We use our vehicles to get from point A to point B while trying not to hit anyone in the process. We have enough to deal with besides these annoying motorcades.
Imagine a stream of giant black suburbans, cruising up to your car, inches from hitting you, and then flashing their high-beams and red-blue lights, blazing their car horn, and while one guy is shouting at you from behind a loudspeaker, another guy has half his body outside the black-tinted windows, waving around a hand-held stop sign telling you to essentially get the heck out of the way.
First of all, if you want us, the citizens of the country to believe that no one is above the law and that everyone should abide by it, stop breaking the law so obviously and so in-your-face. Not only is it in violation of Jordanian law, but it reiterates the notion that in Jordan, some people are more important than other people, and those people are above the law and tend to be in government. It is downright hypocritical to expect us to abide by rules that you obviously don’t abide by.
Second of all, you are a danger to pedestrians and a danger to motorists. I don’t care if you were trained to drive on the set of Fast & Furious – you’re just a couple of cars amidst a population of average drivers trying to get by. Swerving around them, coming damn close to hitting them, and doing all sorts of stunts that a traffic cop would have you pulled over within the first 10 seconds, is just downright irresponsible and should not be tolerated.
Third of all, if whoever you’re carrying is something that important and security is a concern, hence the speed – how about driving normally? I swear to God that if you just tried to blend in with the rest of us, no one would notice you. If the person you’re driving needs to get somewhere quickly, try leaving half an hour early. Or better yet, if they’re that important: take a helicopter.
Let it be known that I have never, and never will change lanes under the assumption that the caravan of cars driving next to me or behind me are carrying someone who is more important than I am and therefore is allowed to operate above the law, which, as far as I know, is meant to treat every citizen equally. I don’t even care if there’s a huge suburban about to ram the rear bumper of my truck: I WILL NOT MOVE. I am driving within the speed limit and well within my legal right to drive in my lane. But more importantly, I will not move for anyone who insists so blatantly on reducing me to a second-class citizen simply by a) breaking the law and b) doing it in the rudest and most dangerous manner possible.
Please, officials, whoever you are, do something about this. Please, please tell your drivers to cool it. Tell them to tell their friends. If possible, change the entire system that supports and enforces this kind of driving behavior. I, and a few other million motorists, would be very grateful if that happened.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
p.s. I feel obligated to clarify that the belief that the aforementioned vehicles are either government or royalty is simply an assumption. I haven’t a clue as to whom is being driven, primarily since they are large cars with black-tinted windows that are driving at an unfathomable speed. That being said, it should also be pointed out that even that assumption is based on what I believe to be, a widely-held perception that they are government and/or royalty driven, owned, etc. This perception tends to be further solidified by the presence of security-clad people who wear an official-looking uniform and are both behind the wheel and waving that stop-sign wildly from a window. It’s the reason why the typical response of a lot of motorists is usually “shiklo 7ada mohim” (looks like someone important). I should also note that I am not against officials having security in the first place – my concern is rather with the on-the-street impact of that security.
p.p.s: I am also against tawjihi, university, wedding and funeral motorcades. Yes, I’m really not a motorcade kind of person.