In one way it was surprising it has taken this long for a serious accident to happen in our street. It's not that the street itself is dangerous - it is straight, wide and well paved. The problem is that because it is straight, wide and well paved it attracts every idiot in a car and on a motorbike in Tirana. Once, I was pleased to see the road being paved, now I wish it was still a rutted dirt track - it was a lot safer then.
I regularly watch cars speeding on this street, overtaking more responsible drivers at high speed, slamming on the brakes for no other reason than the thrill of hearing shrieking rubber and more. Just a few days ago I watched some young fool on a motorbike with his girlfriend on the back - neither wearing helmets - repeatedly riding up and down at high speed pulling wheelies.
The street is often full of kids. As well as those who live in the street and play outside, lots of families heading for the park walk through this way. Yet nothing is ever done. Because there are a number of diplomats living in the area there are regular police patrols. I have never yet seen them ticket anyone; never even seen them stop and talk to someone driving dangerously.
More incomprehensible is that the people living in the area don't do anything. If this was happening where I am from, people would be giving their local representatives and the police no rest until some action was taken. If there was no action they would be putting up their own barriers, taking pictures and videos of these idiots and passing them on to the media, inviting the TV channels to come and report the story, holding a protest rally and blocking the streets.
But here, nothing happens. Can someone explain this to me? Because I don't understand this.