really bad drivers

November 2, 2008

about half of my drive to work is on one road.  this road is a two lane road in an ever-growing residential area.  as such, there is probably enough traffic consistently on the road to warrant converting it to a four or five lane road.  needless to say, it’s not.  this road is quite possibly my least favorite road on earth.  nearly every time i drive it during the day, i get stuck behind someone who feels it is necessary to drive 5-10 miles under the speed limit.  it have no problems with drivers who feel it is prudent to drive the speed limit.  that is their decision.  however, it is rude to assume that the people behind you have nothing better to do with their time than follow you driving unnecessarily slow.

the other problem with this road is that since there is so much steady traffic that it is sometimes hard to get out of neighborhoods.  the common solution to this is to pull out in front of cars and hope for the best.  it’s starting to get to the point that it is dangerous.  again, it’s not uncommon to be cruising along at 55 or 60 and have some jerk whip out of a neighborhood right in front of you forcing you to hit your breaks in order to avoid rear-ending them.

how could this get worse?  often the person who pulls out in front of you nearly forcing you to rear-end them is also the person who is going to go 5, 10, or 15 miles an hour under the speed limit!  it’s also not uncommon to have this happen to you when there is no one behind you.  so instead of letting you go past and or just above speed limit, then pulling out and driving whatever speed they want, they pull out in front of you, force you to slam on the breaks, and then driving very slow.  this is enough, especially when late for work, to make the pope curse like a sailor.

now for my favorite part.  30% of the time (yes, i made up this stat, but it’s a fairly accurate made up stat) these bad drivers come out of just one neighborhood!  agh!!!!!  so here’s what i propose.  i propose that the indiana bureau of motor vehicles revokes the driver’s license of every single resident of that neighborhood.  that would go a long way towards making my drive safer and more convenient.  and at the end of the day, it’s all about me.

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