Here’s some good news for all you northern transplants. Florida drivers are finally going to begin using their turn signals. I had given up hope for their ever learning to obey the law and use good driving etiquette after seeing even the local gendarmes and troopers failing to do so. Could it be that they were able to buy their vehicles at lower cost by having turn signals omitted? Naw, I decided, it’s just a bad and dangerous habit.
So, you ask, what’s going to make them start behaving properly? As our technical advances bring us closer to the fully automated car, the auto makers are introducing many new and wonderful gimmicks and a few have already been included in some of their latest models. One of these is the Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA) gadget. If your car begins to show it’s wandering from the straight and narrow it will automatically nudge a correction. It’s my understanding that, to stop that from happening as you try to make a turn, the driver has to use the turn signal. Our scofflaws are going to be forced to behave.
A problem exists in our state, and especially in the Bradenton area, that I can only hope is not cropping up in the rest of our country. A gap between provider and customer is ever more evident, with the health care industry emerging as the worst offender. My personal experience of going to a local hospital’s emergency room for help and walking out five hours later without receiving any is a good example. Doctors here appear to have lost control over the care that we, their customers (patients) expect from them as they strive to adhere to the Hippocratic Oath. Thankfully, there are exceptions, but increasing numbers of hospitals, clinics and other forms of medical services are under the control of “public equity investors” whose only interest is to glean the most profit possible by reducing staff and cutting services resulting in over-worked employees that have lost the most important qualities of customer satisfaction and a sense of urgency.