“You Might Outrun My Old Chevrolet”

In the 1970’s an American pop song about a rural lawman, “The Sheriff of Boone County” contained the lyric, “You might outrun my old Chevrolet but you won’t outrun my old two-way”. It implied that though lawbreakers in that rural area had better cars than the sheriff, his two-way radio meant that he could arrange for someone to get out ahead of them. Whether the song had anything to do with actual police work or not can’t be said, but it leads one to believe that some folks in America at that place and time would ignore a law officer’s order to stop.

It is not so in Taiwan. A police officer can stand near an intersection armed with nothing more than a whistle and a citation pad. A blast on the whistle and gesture with a hand can bring a truck, bus, car or motorcycle to a halt. I’m amazed! Of course, many a miscreant who espies an officer from a distance corrects his behavior to comply with traffic regulations before reaching the intersection, and maybe that’s just as good.

Alas for both Taiwan and for America, far too many of us upon ascertaining that the law isn’t looking will take advantage of the situation and become a law unto ourselves, ignoring painted lines, posted signs and traffic lights

About the Author

David Alexander works at Tainan Theological College and Seminary where he is the adviser to international students

Leave a Reply

You can use these XHTML tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <strong>