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#20840 of 21823 Re: . [steve_]
Dec 02, 2012 (12:27 pm)
Of course, that is also in limeyland, where standards are a lot higher. Not to mention, being as safe as a vacuous 18 year old with a phone in one hand and an energy drink in the other isn't much to brag about
Dec 02, 2012 (7:54 pm)
Out on foot this evening, in a crosswalk without traffic controls, oblivious small woman I won't describe just breezes through without looking. I came close to kicking her car. So much hesitation out there too - light turns green, one car moves, other sits there for several seconds and then crawls - then traffic backs up because only 4 cars could get through. Should be a ticket.
Dec 02, 2012 (7:58 pm)
An unoblivious small woman pointed out to me today that I ran a stop sign. Took my 85 year old mother-in-law to the grocery and I didn't even slow down for it.
That's not the first time I've run this particular sign either. Supposedly they are relocating it next spring so maybe if I watch myself, I'll be able to skate by without a ticket until they get rid of it.
#20843 of 21823 Re: . [steve_]
Dec 02, 2012 (8:02 pm)
I ran a light yesterday. Well, I stopped and then went, as it was never going to change. Top quality. Lights should function like signs during low traffic hours, or be disabled entirely until traffic picks up.
I once suggested flashing lights during low traffic hours to my esteemed local civil engineers/planners - no reply. Probably leave the lights going 24/7 as a legal requirement because of all the "new" drivers we've stupidly allowed on the roads.
Dec 02, 2012 (8:04 pm)
out with my daughter, on a 4 lane local road in a busy (and high accident) area near a major semi-highway and a shopping center. Guy in the next lane was texting, with both hands off the wheel, while moving along.
Not even a kid. Seemed to be middle age-ish (say +/- 40).
And driving of all things, a light green first generation Prius (when was the last time you saw one of those?)
Good news? My 17YO daughter was going off on the guy for being a stupid menace, etc. Considering if she passes the test on Friday she can drive solo, I need something to hold onto.
For those who have not had the experience, turning one of your children loose in the car is not an easy thing to do!
Dec 03, 2012 (8:04 am)
Here's a US one from a week ago:
Aging Drivers Won't Trigger "Silver Tsunami" of Crashes
"The worries that the growing percentage of aging drivers will trigger a "silver tsunami" of vehicle crashes is unfounded, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute."
Hard to argue with the people paying the claims.
#20846 of 21823 Re: . [steve_]
Dec 03, 2012 (10:00 am)
Older drivers have weird runaway mow people down crashes. There will be more older drivers. Seems pretty easy to say there will be more weird runaway mow people down crashes. Not to mention the other issues - simply because there are more older drivers. The rate of older drivers crashing might not increase (which is how insurance related cabals look at things) - the 80 year old boomer driver probably won't be any worse than his greatest generation predecessor - but there are more of the former than latter. However, that was never the issue. The rate of oldster cluelessness might not increase, but the number will.
The people "paying the claims" (sometimes almost with a gun to their heads) also think that speed kills, and are often in an incestuous mix with law enforcement. Only so credible.
Dec 03, 2012 (4:01 pm)
Out on foot, saw an RX sitting at a green light - a good 10+ seconds after the light changed. Why? Texting.
Also saw a livery service Town Car on the back of a tow truck - crumpled front end. I laid on the horn at one of those yesterday, as it sat motionless during a turn arrow. Maybe the same clueless soul.
Dec 03, 2012 (4:28 pm)
Why didn't anyone honk?!? If people were behind the car still waiting, then they are some incredible friggin' morons.
Dec 03, 2012 (4:30 pm)
Why didn't anyone honk?!?
They were too busy texting the driver in front of them telling them the light was green.
And then they had to Tweet that and log it on their Facebook page.