Nathan Weaver, a student at Clemson University, was trying to figure out how to make it safer for turtles to cross highways. What he ended up finding was that turtles will never be safe because the human heart is dark, and there will always be drivers who intentionally run over or try and aim their vehicles at the defenseless reptiles. Wait, what? No. That can’t be? People are good and only have road rage toward other drivers. Right? Nope. The AP reports:
Weaver put realistic-looking rubber turtles, no bigger than a saucer, in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched as over the next hour, seven drivers intentionally ran over the turtle, and several more appeared to try to hit the defenseless animal, but missed.
Oh, what’s that sound? Faith being lost in humanity? Sounds about right. Weaver, as the AP reports, recorded one in 50 drivers actually ran over the dummy turtles. That ratio isn’t exactly alarming, but consider how long it takes turtles to cross the road and becomes plain to see that road-crossing for turtles on any semi-busy road means guaranteed death. That doesn’t even take into account people trying to hit the turtle and missing. So this is just an anomaly, right? Maybe people in South Carolina really don’t like turtles for whatever reason?