There was an alarming scene last night near Centrum (the central part of Warsaw). Three cars had collided and one of them had flipped on its side. The real story here is that this is not necessarily an unexpected scene. The traffic stops in Warsaw can be deathtraps. On more than one occasion I have seen cars do incredibly stupid things at this very same traffic circle. The traffic lights make absolutely no sense and most people going around that traffic circle have no idea whether they are to proceed or stop. There are cars and trams and busses all entering this circle from four directions!
And there seems to be no hurry in correcting the problem. It has been this way for the two years I have been here.
This isn't the only place in this city that has a set-up for car crashes. I live near an intersection that has at least one car crash every few weeks ... or so it seems. I keep asking when will some authority fix this situation? I am told never. And this seems to be an acceptable answer here. Things need repairs in this city and there is always the answer from citizens that "we are a poor country". I am beginning to think this is such a load of bullshit. The masses have been brainwashed into thinking "we are poor". Poland wasn't poor enough to not build new stadiums for Euro 2012. There was money to clean Central Station. There was money for the museum to open. There was so much advertising money during the Euro that Nike put an ad on an entire building and McDonald's built a restaurant so big it had fifty cashiers! This crap about not having the money to fix infrastructure problems that is killing people is pure brainwashing at its best. The power people in government that are clearly doing financially well have no interest in upsetting the status quo nor changing the thinking of the masses. It works for their pockets ... so what if a few get hurt or die?