- The Washington Times - Friday, February 17, 2006

OK, so I missed the naked PETA protesters the other night. I was probably cooped up inside the media center or riding a bus. My loss. But all that bus time has provided a chance to observe some driving tendencies in Turin. The word “kamikaze” comes to mind. Anything goes. And it goes fast. But here’s the thing: other than the requisite number of fender-benders, the drivers generally seem to know what they’re doing.

Almost all the cars are small and nimble (mercifully, SUVs are practically nonexistent), operated by people who are aggressively competent. There are more traffic circles here than in D.C., or so it seems, and navigating them has its hairy, death-defying moments. But most of the drivers can handle it. Those who don’t probably are from out of town.

How refreshing: driving is meant to get from Point A to Point B as fast and efficiently as possible, not as a means of venting anxieties, releasing testosterone or demonstrating general cluelessness. And shockingly, it apparently is not against the law to use your turn signal.

Bob Cohn


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