Sunday, August 27, 2006

DWO Driving While Orthodox

One thing that has always puzzled me is how Orthodox Jews do not know how to drive. If you go into any major orthodox city whether it be Boro Park, Lakewood, Williamsburg, etc. Almost every car has dents in them. This is not just the coincidence that other people hit them. There are too many cars with dents or other damage to be a coincidence. Unfortunately this summer there were many sever accidents in upstate New York that took a life and injured many. How come during the regular year you don't hear about these accidents upstate? In my opinion if you can't drive, then don't. Every time someone who is a careless driver or bad driver gets behind the wheel, they are breaking Halacha because they are putting their lives as well as everyone else's at risk. How come you don't find these driving problems within the very modern orthodox and conservative and reformed. In the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva
I saw a sign posted by one of the Rebbaim about careless driving and parking and how local neighbors were complaining. Now whoever is reading this must be wondering why I am bringing this up. My wife and I recently traded our old car in for a 2006 model. I woke up this morning to find that someone parked on the bumper of the car. Not only did they park on the bumper of our new car but the whole block was pretty empty and this person could have parked anywhere. This person needed to park on the bumper because they had to run to shul which is down the block. Little did it surprise me that the driver of this vehicle was an orthodox person trying to get to shul. I was very angry and wanted to key this persons car. The only reason why I didn't is because the whole car was banged up anyway. This person should not be driving. The orthodox community needs to realize that driving is a privilege not a necessity. If you live in New York there is plenty of transportation you can take to go where you need to or you can ride a bike. I think Rebeim need to tell their Mispallilim that people need to drive more carefully and if they can not than it is Assur for them to drive. The evidence of this problem is clear if you go into any Orthodox community. Because of this problem I have a nice new dent in the back of my new car. There was another time when I was in Boro Park when I was stopped at a red light and somebody hit me!! How do you do this if there is a red light!! DWO I cannot stand it and something needs to be done before more people get killed and injured. If you see someone is a bad driver and their car is dented let them know how you feel. When my grandfather got older and he felt he could not drive well, he voluntarily gave up his license and started to take car service. If more people would act like my grandfather this world would be a much safer place.

10 comments:

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

I'm Orthodox (not Ultraorthodox), grew up in Boropark, and learned to drive there. I have what we call "Mad Boropark Skillz", which include the power to squeeze my car between double-parked cars on one side of the street and triple-parked cars on the other side of the street without slowing down!

My brother also has Mad Boropark Skillz, although he now lives far away from NYC, where everyone is awed by his driving (when they're brave enough to open their eyes).

yitz said...

Boro Park and Bnei Brak are perhaps known for the most "interesting" drivers in the universe!
But seriously though, FWQ, you're absolutely right, it is a very serious problem, and one that unfortunately exists here in Eretz Yisrael too. My father [alav HaShalom] used to kvetch when he saw drivers who really weren't worthy of their licenses, and say, "Everybody drives!"

Rebecca said...

It may be a problem but you should not stoop to such a low level as to say "I Was going to key their car" is that a halachic way to behave? Because they are behaving in an inappropriate way I highly doubt it means that you should too!

FrumWithQuestions said...

Rebecca- It is normal for anyone to get angry when they see someone parked on the bumper of their new car. It is also normal for a person to want to get revenge of some sort on that person for what they did. It is only when somebody actually gets revenge where you might have a problem.

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

It's sad and true what you said. There are some frum ppl that drive well like me(coughs).

Rebecca said...

Was there any damage to the car? I don't think so...so probably it isn't really a big deal

yitz said...

BTW, FWQ, I added a link to this blog on mine a day or two ago. B'Hatzlacha to both of us!

FrumWithQuestions said...

yitz- Thanks

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