No matter where in the world you go, you're going to encounter drivers who don't feel like the law applies to them. Whether it's people going WAY above the speed limit, tailgating you to the point that you can't brake safely, running lights and signs that are blatantly obvious, or at worst driving under the influence. sometimes getting out onto the road can feel like a war zone.
If you've ever been to Italy, you've probably experienced just how insane the driving can be in the major cities there. Personally, while on a tour of Rome, I lost count of how many times tiny Smart Cars would cut in front of our tour bus and force the driver to brake very hard, leading to some pretty tense and frustrating moments for everybody. Not only that, but the narrow streets in the older parts of each city tends to lead to people driving on the wrong side of the road just to save a minute of driving!
It's a sentiment apparently shared by many people living in Italy, including the local police, and even Pope Francis himself! However, in a very Pope-ly fashion, His Holiness has urged law enforcement to be merciful towards the drivers they pull over...
Meeting up with traffic police in Italy this past week, Pope Francis commented that "Mercy is not a sign of weakness, nor does it require giving up the use of force." He elaborated on this point, saying that the police should seek to understand why people are committing the offenses that they are, in an effort to better understand their community and the issues they're facing.
However, that's not to say that he discouraged police action in the face of increased aggressive driving. In fact, he said a lifestyle of "haste and a competitiveness" has led to people viewing other drivers "as obstacles or adversaries to be overtaken, transforming the streets into Formula One tracks."
The Pope also decried people using their cell phones while driving, stating that "We must take into account the limited sense of responsibility of many drivers, who often do not seem to realise the serious consequences of their distraction."
What do you think? Should police be showing mercy to reckless drivers?