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Same way it was uncomfortable living in New York City at the turn of the century with all those awful Irish, Germans, and Catholics streaming in, eh?
Well put!! Nail on the head. We don't really have a congestion issue or an "aggressive driver epidemic" as some love to say, but when traffic is backed up or close calls happen, it is usually due to an inattentive driver, or one who refuses to use the signals, hoping all around them will be psychic and know where they plan on going next. I can't count the times I am behind backed up traffic crawling at 40mph in a 55mph zone, only to see far ahead to one car, with a driver (more often than not with white hair barely visible above the back of the seat) going 35-40 and causing the whole bunch to slow or stop suddenly. Not too many drivers or bad roads, just people who should either not be driving or who try to concentrate on everything BUT driving while they are behind the wheel.
I would much rather deal with an aggressive driver than an inattentive or confused driver any day.
Pilot: Any idea if people with a box in the old Post Office need to do anything in order to move it to the Blake Bvld. one? I have tried calling the Post office and they have had their phone off the hook for the entire day! If you call the 1-800 number, they have no clue what to tell you. Government management at it's finest!
Another case in point, my Grandmother who was 82 at the time (no moving violations, and experienced in driving in 4 countries) felt she was in no need of a "refresher" firmly thought she was a great driver. That was until she was pulled over driving southbound down the northbound lane of 15-501 and turning left onto Morganton Road, where she believed that she was in the left turn lane the whole time. She argued with the cop for 20 minutes on the side of the road insisting that she was correct. Like I said, everybody thinks they are a great driver...even folks who have had 10 or 11 beers before they hop in the car.
Dont forget, driving is not a right. A 5 year test is a good idea. If you ask ANYBODY, even if they are half blind, or have 3 DUI's under their belt if they are a "good driver" and they will say "yes!". I dont want to count on your perception of how good a driver you are to keep me safe on the roads.
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I agree! Especially the 65+ crowd, and not just a written exam, but an in-car test. It is scary how many older drivers should not be on the roads!
Always sad to see this kind of behavior.
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