February 19, 2003
I have a 35-45 minute commute each way to work every day. It's not uncommon to narrowly miss accidents or witness poor driving. Today however, I saw an act that was just downright moronic. Traffic is always heavy in a certain part of my commute and at this point, I was in stop-and-go traffic in the right lane (there are 3 lanes). A highway patrolman merged onto the freeway behind me from an onramp. No big deal. The middle lane seemed to be going a little faster, so when I found a hole, I quickly moved over (using my blinker as all good drivers do). The right lane continued to move very slowly, but mine was moving at a decent pace. However, as I looked back, there was an ever widening hole behind me. It turns out that the car behind me was afraid to pass the policeman. It's pretty common for drivers to be afraid to pass policemen at freeway speeds (though I quite enjoy doing it), but folks, they were moving probably 20 mph at this time! Luckily I was not caught behind that person, but c'mon, 20 mph? Learn to drive! There is absolutely no reason for that than pure idiocy. Thanks for letting me rant.
Posted by charr at 9:29 AM
Wouldn't idiocracy be government by idiots? I won't comment one way or the other on whether we deal with that now or not, but it doesn't seem too applicable to freeway incidents. ;)
Um, oops. That's now fixed. Thanks.
I suggest carrying a gun and shooting people that make you angry. Oh, wait. That's illegal. Nevermind.
Wait. That's illegal? Dang, I thought it was just Social Darwinism in action. I better stop bragging about the Ford's I've taken out ;).
At highway speeds, I let a few cars pass the cop before I do. I'll also go about five over the speed limit without worrying, but I never go ten over. If I start getting close to 10, I think of the ticket for going exactly 10mph over the speed limit, and I raise my fist in defiance. Then I slow down.
When passing cops I take Dan's "raising fist in defiance" thing a bit further. I prefer, givin' da finger t'da maaaan!