Lincoln and Jenny - Missionary Associates to South Africa

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Robots

This is Lincoln. In a past post we've written about how they have these four way stops here that are death traps because no one seems to know when to go. Well, they've recently installed robots (stop lights.) We thought that this would really help the traffic problems. Boy, were we wrong. For some mysterious reason, people here can't handle the logic and order that a stop light brings to the flow of traffic. Within the first day of the lights being turned on we saw 3 accidents (and we were only driving a few miles.) Today there was an accident at the big intersection in town and someone hit one of the light poles, and now all the lights and robots are down. It is actually quite comical that something so common to us causes so much chaos here. What is weird is that there are other robots in town, so people are used to using them. It's just that they can't handle replacing a stop sign with a robot. Go Figure!

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