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January 8th, 2011


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09:18 am
Especially when I'm on hospital duty, I do a lot of driving in my work. It's one of the things that can be tiring about my job. However, it's also deadly dangerous. I continue to be amazed at the rampant stupidity of so many of the other drivers. It's terrifying.

Daily, I see people running red lights. Daily, I see people turning right ignoring oncoming traffic in the lanes that they're entering. I can't begin to count the number of times I've been nearly hit by people ignoring stop signs, or pretending that a rolling stop is a real one. You know the law about who goes first when two cars reach a stop sign at the same time? You know...the car to the right? Why doesn't anyone else in the Inland Empire seem to know this law?

But yesterday was the worst I've seen yet. I was driving on a major street, when I saw a school bus on the opposite side of the street with its red lights flashing, and its stop sign deployed. The law is that all vehicles driving in both directions are supposed to stop for this, and I did. The driver in the car behind me leaned on his horn, and stayed on it the whole time (four minutes) that we were stopped, even though the car to my left in the other northbound lane also stopped. I have to assume that the jerk had bribed his way into getting his license from the DMV.

I hope it made him very happy. Too bad the police weren't nearby, because I think that display of pique would have gotten him a ticket for disturbing the peace.

(10 comments | Speak, or forever hold your peace)

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From:roadskoller
Date:January 8th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
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You're preaching to the choir man.
There's a lot of suicide attempts around trucks.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 9th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
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I've seen so many people race ahead of trucks, pull into their lane a car length or so ahead, and then brake, that it's just not funny. The worst is that I don't think that they are suicidal, just terminally stupid.

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From:roadskoller
Date:January 9th, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
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Yes. They're suicidal stupid people.
Road Kamikazis.
Givers of truck driver's heart attacks.

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From:mycroftca
Date:January 9th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Drivers aren't robots.
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From:pondhopper
Date:January 8th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
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It's even worse here in Spain. Not much consolation, though.
I sure wish there had been a cop around yesterday to see/hear that little tantrum.
Idiot. Makes you wonder if they know the law or just choose to ignore it.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 9th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
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I rather suspect ignorance, though it isn't an excuse.
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From:sekl
Date:January 8th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Yet another genuine California treasure on the road.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 9th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes.
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From:brokenheather
Date:January 8th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Yep, I saw stuff like that every day on the road for my commute. At this point, I keep my driving to work down to one day a week - thank goodness for the Metro rail... Keeps my sanity and my safety.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 9th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC)
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I only wish that I could commute by rail. Heck, imagine how many books I'd read per month if I had an hour ride each way each day!!!
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