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#21268 of 22395 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 18, 2013 (8:18 pm)
It's easy - phone to ear = violation = ticket.
You didn't read those articles, did you. First, holding a phone to the ear has to be against the law. In many states, it isn't. (It's not where I live, for example.) Texting is more likely to be outlawed--but how to prove someone was texting? (see first article)
Maybe if you and others who feel so strongly about banning use of cell phones while driving would use your time and energy to support 1) enactment of those laws, and 2) funds to beef up enforcement, the roads would be more to your liking, with fewer cell phone users. Yes, it might be difficult, take some real effort on your part and by many others... but all for a good and noble cause, right?
And implement wealth based fine scales.
You have a thing against "wealth", and you drive... what kind of cars? Be careful what you wish for.
#21270 of 22395 Re: . [backy]
Jan 18, 2013 (8:51 pm)
Give the laws teeth. Took no time for yapping to go from secondary to primary here, so that change shouldn't be hard. And about texting, see what I said before - cameras.
No extra funding is needed. The physical and labor resources exist now. It is all about priorities, which law enforcement and the public sector in general don't handle very well.
I drive long since paid for cars that are worth less than new bland commuter boxes, and much less than the chariots of the top few driven by those who liars claim use intelligence and logic and discipline to make it, but don't seem to show those traits while driving. Ooh, long sentence.
Jan 19, 2013 (5:54 am)
>Auto headlights in all cars, including a rain sensor.
Both our Buicks have the auto headlights. They are nice. Never forget to turn them on and never forget to turn them off.
The auto wipers have to be put in active mode. If the switch is off, the wipers can't turn themselves on. The downside to leaving the wipers in the auto mode is that the headlights are commanded to ON instead of using the DRLs. So you're driving down the interstate with the low beams (or high beams) on full amperage.
I've not figured out the popular brands of cars that don't have the auto on headlights. Our Cobalt has automatic headlamps.
Jan 19, 2013 (5:55 am)
>400 year old
I think she was only 375 years and Fintail exaggerated.
Jan 19, 2013 (5:57 am)
>gun nuts out there today, you never know.
Naaah, they're gonna take away all the guns from the honest citizens. And it'll be only the criminals who have guns. Oh wait, they're the ones we need to worry about, aren't they? Makes the other look ridiculous.
How many times have we read about "crazy driver stole a gun from their mother to go shoot irritating joggers who get in their way"?
#21274 of 22395 Re: . [imidazol97]
Jan 19, 2013 (7:12 am)
She was probably only like 300 years old. But seriously, I'd bet a lot that she was at least 75. Probably got caught out too late and didn't like the rush hour traffic, and maybe forgot the lights. IT happens - but maybe reinforces the need for age based testing.
I wouldn't lose sleep over guns being taken. Too many out there. But maybe be leery that a gutted mental health system (we need money to coddle the rich and give to foreign aid parasites, ya know) has given some nuts access.
I'm more worried about being ran down than shot. Maybe time to mount a gopro on my head
#21275 of 22395 Re: Idea: let's take the "in" out of "inconsiderate" [fintail]
Jan 19, 2013 (8:59 am)
There's nothing subjective about reasonable speeds on the road in question,
It is very subjective, what you consider is a reasonable speed may not be reasonable to someone else. If you get more information why a certain speed limit is set the way it is you might change your mind as to what is a reasonable speed. In short you could very well be wrong.
There is no circular argument here.
The one way share the road ideal is that everyone should make way for the slow/timid/scared/inept, not that those slow people ever have to make way for those actually driving.
I am not advocating any one way share the road mentality. What I am saying is that is one person says one thing and another says another thing one (or both) have to be wrong. What I am saying is try to understand why someone may think that a different speed is reasonable, you may learn new truths.
Which brings me back to my speed bump question. Is it reasonable to have 9 speed bumps in under a mile through a residential neighborhood? Such a situation exists and the kids live just off that street. One day they and some of their neighbors were complaining about those spped bumps and didn't see the need for them and were wondering what they could do to get the city to remove them.
Then I pointed out the rational for all those speed bumps. Just to the east of this neighborhood was an Interstate highway and just to the south was another Interstate highway. During rush hour (espcially the mornings) the east bound Interstate slows to a craw and the exit to get onto the north bound Interstate is even slower.
Now there is a way to avoid that traffic and that is to take the east bound Interstates frontage road and follow it as it turns north and go north until you cab get on the north bound Interstate. Now the problem is that while as a frontage road it goes through a commercial area but once it turns north it goes through that little less than a mile of residential street.
All those speed bumps are in place to discourage people from using that route as a rat line to avoid traffic and to slow down the ones that are not discouraged. Without those speed bumps there would be a lot more and faster traffic going through that neighborhood. Now they understand why those speed bumps are there and they don't complain.
So the point of this is that until they saw the rational for the speed bumps they thought it was unreasonable to have them.
Jan 19, 2013 (9:04 am)
I was traveling at and above the posted speed limit in an area with no signs for "Slower traffic keep right
Well if you are on a limited access highway and not passing or about to use an exit on the left (rare but they do exist) then it is keep right except to pass.
Jan 19, 2013 (9:12 am)
Remember I had just come through a dangerous, narrowed lane, and uneven construction area where the speed limit is and should be 45 and the traffic is moved to the temporary opposing lanes.
May I ask, were the lines dividing the lanes a solid white line? and/or was the lane to the right of you at a different level than your lane?