Traffic managers assume we are incapable of negotiating safe movement under our own steam, so they herd us like sheep. They brainwash us into believing that we could not live, indeed we would die, without their system of control. The law criminalises us for not obeying it to the letter, or for using our own judgement. They tell us to exercise caution when traffic lights are out of action, suggesting that when they are “working”, we don’t need to exercise caution; all we need do is act like robots in obedience to signals. That might be driving with due care and attention, but it’s a million miles from driving with true care and attention.