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Do The RIGHT Thing! June is Lane Courtesy Month
National Motorists Association ^ | June 2005 | NMA

Posted on 06/05/2005 10:11:23 AM PDT by qam1

With summer just around the corner and visions of vacations dominating Americans' thoughts, our highways will experience a dramatic increase in traffic. To enhance the travel experience for motorists, the National Motorists Association (NMA) has designated June as Lane Courtesy Month and is kicking off the campaign with the slogan "Do the RIGHT Thing!"

Lane Courtesy, also called Lane Discipline, has a powerful influence on highway safety, traffic flow, and congestion. Arguably, its effect is more important than speed limits, traffic enforcement, or any other attempt to control driver behavior. Ask almost any motorist what most raises their ire when using major highways and the answer will be "failure of slower traffic to keep right or yield to the right when faster traffic approaches."

The concept, or ethic, of lane courtesy evolved in the United States with the development of the Interstate System. However, the concept of slower traffic yielding to the right for faster traffic has its origins in the older system of two lane highways. Almost all states have a provision in their traffic law that requires slower traffic, upon being signaled by a following vehicle, to pull to the right to allow the faster traffic to pass.

Prior to 1973, rural speed limits reflected typical travel speeds. Consequently, slower vehicles were not driving the speed limit and there was no rationale for deliberately blocking the progress of faster traffic. The 55 MPH National Maximum Speed Limit changed all that.

After 1973, there was a serious disconnect between speed limits and the actual speed of traffic. There was also a total breakdown in lane courtesy. The slower traffic that would normally stay in the right hand lane could now linger anywhere on the highway, in any lane, and still be traveling at the legal maximum speed of 55 miles per hour. This counter productive process was reinforced over a period of 21 years, influencing a whole generation of new drivers.

In 1995 the 55 MPH National Maximum Speed Limit was repealed and several states raised speed limits to put the limits more in concert with the reality of highway travel. However, the almost quarter century habit of wallowing anywhere on the highway did not disappear with the advent of new speed limit signs.

The lane courtesy ethic must be reinvigorated, promoted, and recognized for the contribution it can make toward safer, faster and more enjoyable travel. We hope the NMA's "Do the RIGHT Thing!" campaign and declaring June as "Lane Courtesy Month" will reawaken interest and support for this incredibly important and positive traffic safety concept.


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1 posted on 06/05/2005 10:11:24 AM PDT by qam1
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To: qam1
Unfortunately, with people on the roads like this:



Survival is the only option....
2 posted on 06/05/2005 10:18:27 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (www.huntershope.org)
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; malakhi; m18436572; ...
Granted it's an unusal topic for an Gen-X Ping but it did contain this line

"This counter productive process was reinforced over a period of 21 years (Since 1973), influencing a whole generation of new drivers".

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3 posted on 06/05/2005 10:19:35 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

Here in Georgia they just passed a law that states that if more than four cars are behind you and you don't move right you can be ticketed. YEAH!


4 posted on 06/05/2005 10:20:12 AM PDT by doodad
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To: doodad

Unfortunately, it probably won't apply to the Georgia State Patrol car sitting in the left hand land doing just under the speed limit with everyone afraid to pass on the right. ;-)


5 posted on 06/05/2005 10:23:07 AM PDT by mwyounce
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To: MikeinIraq

Where's the picture of the car behind that Yukon, showing the driver with a camera to his eye???? ;-)

That pic reminds me of one of Rush's most hilarious routines (that you can't read but have to hear to appreciate) when he would start complaining about women who fard in their cars.... Would it light up the switchboards!

Caller: "How do you know they do?"
Rush: "You can see it!"
Caller: "You can see it?!?!"


6 posted on 06/05/2005 10:28:13 AM PDT by mwyounce
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To: mwyounce

don't know. That is one that could be unprovable. He could have a passenger taking the picture or have a 3rd arm or something :)

maybe a dashboard camera??


7 posted on 06/05/2005 10:29:43 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (www.huntershope.org)
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To: qam1

I'm sure the adorable cell-phone yapping SUV soccer moms will take note of this.


8 posted on 06/05/2005 10:36:44 AM PDT by buckeyesrule (God bless Condi Rice!)
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To: mwyounce
True story: I'm driving home after a 14 hour day (upgrades to servers). On a stretch of interstate between towns, the traffic bunches up ahead of me and slows to 50mph. I pull out and pass six cars (including the State Patrol riding the line in the "fast" lane.

A half mile later he pulls me over.

"You know why I pulled you over?" He asks.

"I haven't a clue".

"You were driving in the HOV (carpool) lane".

"There was some idiot holding up traffic, so I went around".

"That "idiot" was me!"

"Then you should know better and move to the right".

The ticket was $89.........
9 posted on 06/05/2005 10:39:55 AM PDT by rockrr (Revote or Revolt! It's up to you Washington!)
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To: doodad
Here in Georgia they just passed a law ....

We have had a similar law here in California for over 30 years. It is not enforced. The California Highway Patrol does not even acknowledge that the law exists.

10 posted on 06/05/2005 10:41:37 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Recall Barbara Boxer)
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To: MikeinIraq
Women Driver Photos


11 posted on 06/05/2005 10:41:44 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

hehe yeah, that is a good one.

I used to work with a guy, yes he was a blonde, that did the same thing one sunny Saturday morning on the way to work.


12 posted on 06/05/2005 10:44:02 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (www.huntershope.org)
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To: qam1
Almost all states have a provision in their traffic law that requires slower traffic

Unless posted, California isn't one of those states. The realities of urban gridlock long ago caused "passing lane" laws to be abolished, and as a result all lanes are considered "driving lanes". Unless a stretch of highway is specifically posted with a "Slower Traffic Keep Right" sign, we're legally allowed to cruise at 65MPH in the left lane all day long (though you CAN be ticketed for obstruction if you're causing a problem). Another benefit of this: On multi-lane highways, passing on the right is perfectly legal.

I've seen more than one out-of-state tourist get furious when they see this, but it IS legal.
13 posted on 06/05/2005 10:44:14 AM PDT by Arthalion
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To: qam1

See you on the road, skag!

14 posted on 06/05/2005 10:46:37 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Now that taglines are cool, I refuse to have one.)
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To: qam1
We hope the NMA's "Do the RIGHT Thing!" campaign and declaring June as "Lane Courtesy Month" will reawaken interest and support for this incredibly important and positive traffic safety concept.

Oddly enough, "obeying the speed limit law" doesn't seem to qualify as an "incredibly important and positive traffic safety concept".

15 posted on 06/05/2005 10:46:45 AM PDT by SedVictaCatoni (<><)
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To: Jeff Gordon
It is not enforced. The California Highway Patrol does not even acknowledge that the law exists.

They do, but since seat belt violations and speeding tickets are a greater revenue source, they typically focus on those first. Still, I was once in a car (not the driver) that was pulled over for obstructing traffic.

I was told by a friend (county sheriff deputy) that it also has a lot to do with enforceability. He said that if a driver is doing 65MPH in the left lane of a 65MPH marked freeway and has a line of cars behind him, he CAN write a ticket...but 9 out of 10 times the judge will toss it because they consider obeying the speed limit to be more important.
16 posted on 06/05/2005 10:53:32 AM PDT by Arthalion
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To: qam1
Everything will be just fine as long as everyone else stays out of my left lane.

No rubbing and no push-drafting! ...that's for the "Monster Mile" today.

17 posted on 06/05/2005 11:08:46 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: qam1
People who poke along in the left lane (particularly large trucks) tend to cause high density traffic behind them, which is by-definition more dangerous than low density traffic.

One benefit of a convertible is once I get ahead of them I can point them where they are supposed to be, not just "point to the sky". >:)

-Eric

18 posted on 06/05/2005 11:22:20 AM PDT by E Rocc (If God is watching us, we can at least try to be entertaining)
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To: E Rocc

The Speed Limit means MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT ALLOWABLE UNDER LAW ON THAT ROAD

If the speed limit is 70, people in the left lane should be doing 70, people in the right lane 55

Not, people in the right do 70, people in the left do 85

You know, there are some people who have to drive slow in the left land because well, they have to make left hand turns at intersections, of course no one cares about them, they'd rather them miss their turn just so they can be Dale Earnhardt on the city streets


19 posted on 06/05/2005 11:41:57 AM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (Farragut got lucky, if we had been on our game, we would have blasted him off Dauphin Island)
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To: qam1

Yeah, that'll work. Ever drive in a state with "lots" of left-hand exits, like CT?


20 posted on 06/05/2005 11:43:35 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: mwyounce

That is stupid cop trick #143. Collect them all!


21 posted on 06/05/2005 11:50:43 AM PDT by weegee (Re: immigration "Those Syrians are coming to Iraq to do the bombings that Iraqis won't do.")
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To: SedVictaCatoni

Failure to control speed and failure to yield right of way are the two primary causes of accidents.

A speeder has NO right to speed and must yield to traffic already ahead of him. First come first serve. Can you jump a line of cars at a stop sign? I've seen jackasses DO this but they have no right to do so.

Speed limits are dropped when weather conditions are bad (and some make this clear by dropping highway speeds after sundown).

Yielding right of way applies to merging on and off a highway, giving left lane traffic changing lanes to the right lanes "right of way", yielding at driveways, intersections, and red/yellow lights.


22 posted on 06/05/2005 11:55:30 AM PDT by weegee (Re: immigration "Those Syrians are coming to Iraq to do the bombings that Iraqis won't do.")
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To: Arthalion

And the judge should toss it because obeying the speed limit is more important.

It's not an accident that traffic accidents have been on the rise since they removed the national speed limit.


23 posted on 06/05/2005 11:55:52 AM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (Farragut got lucky, if we had been on our game, we would have blasted him off Dauphin Island)
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To: AzaleaCity5691
You know, there are some people who have to drive slow in the left land because well, they have to make left hand turns at intersections, of course no one cares about them, they'd rather them miss their turn just so they can be Dale Earnhardt on the city streets
I'm talking primarily about interstates. In Cleveland people are usually pretty good about keeping right while going slow. In Tulsa, where I've also driven a lot, they are horrible about it. In both, virtually all exits are on the right.

I-71 between Cleveland and Columbus and the Ohio Turnkpike between Cleveland and Toledo have more left-lane bandits than they should. Both are limited access highways with (right lane) exits every five miles or so, with at least one mile in every five perfectly straight (they were intentionally designed that way to serve as emergency airstrips in time of war). There's absolutely no reason to drive below the prevailing rate of speed in the left lane, and that includes a artifically low speed limit passed for revenue enhancement reasons.

-Eric

24 posted on 06/05/2005 11:56:15 AM PDT by E Rocc (If God is watching us, we can at least try to be entertaining)
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To: qam1
I straddle two lanes in a two-lane highway that is posted at 65, doing 40, and swerving to block those who would pass me.

That's okay, isn't it?

25 posted on 06/05/2005 11:57:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Republican Party is the France of politics.)
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To: AzaleaCity5691
It's not an accident that traffic accidents have been on the rise since they removed the national speed limit.
Where in the Constitution is the federal government permitted to establish traffic laws?

-Eric

26 posted on 06/05/2005 11:59:02 AM PDT by E Rocc (If God is watching us, we can at least try to be entertaining)
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To: MikeinIraq
don't know. That is one that could be unprovable. He could have a passenger taking the picture or have a 3rd arm or something :) maybe a dashboard camera?

Probably a cop cam just before he lit her up.

For this thread, you should feel kinda greenish-icky, and want to yell at your television.

27 posted on 06/05/2005 11:59:43 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Republican Party is the France of politics.)
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To: Lazamataz

I do feel a bit icky, I have a sunburn.....oy....


28 posted on 06/05/2005 12:01:33 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (America, [clinton] YEAH!!!)
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To: E Rocc

Where in the Constitution does it say a person is allowed to violate the law?

Me personally, I'm tired of having to use all the favors owed me to get my son's tickets ripped up.


29 posted on 06/05/2005 12:03:21 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (Farragut got lucky, if we had been on our game, we would have blasted him off Dauphin Island)
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To: qam1

LOL.

We were in a supermarket shopping lot a few years ago and an old woman was trying to squeeze her car into the shopping cart return area. Even though it was about a foot narrower than her car, she kept trying.

One of the employees told her it wasn't for parking but she insisted that since there was no sign prohibiting parking a car there, she was welcome to use it.

She finally gave up and drove off in a huff.

Talk about great theater!


30 posted on 06/05/2005 12:04:13 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: E Rocc

Going the Speed Limit is not driving slow, it's called obeying the law, if you drive faster, you are a lawbreaker and you deserve to be fined.

Those signs are not there as "suggestions", they are there because in order to drive, you need to be able to have a certain breaking distance between each car, and you need to be able to be able to adequately control the car.


31 posted on 06/05/2005 12:05:09 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (Farragut got lucky, if we had been on our game, we would have blasted him off Dauphin Island)
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To: MikeinIraq
I do feel a bit icky, I have a sunburn.....oy....

I'll have to see your Jewish Membership Identification Card if you are going to bandy a Jewish Power Phrase like 'oy' about.

Unless you are using the Australian 'oy', and then it would be spelled 'oi'.

Just another helpful hint from LazWorks.

32 posted on 06/05/2005 12:21:16 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Republican Party is the France of politics.)
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To: AzaleaCity5691
You don't live in Mass, do you? Traffic laws are guide lines, unless the State or the town is looking for bucks. Take Click It Or Tick It, for example.

In Mass you cannot be sited for a seat belt violation, unless you are pulled over for another infraction. Now I am driving down 93 doing 75 passing all the Staties on detail, chance of a ticket small, a:) Because every one else is doing 85 and B: It is a frigging work detail, not a traffic detail.

33 posted on 06/05/2005 12:24:21 PM PDT by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State)
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To: Lazamataz
I straddle two lanes in a two-lane highway that is posted at 65, doing 40, and swerving to block those who would pass me.

That's okay, isn't it?

I'm running out of missiles thanks to idiots like you.

34 posted on 06/05/2005 12:30:32 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Little Bill

No, I don't live in Massachusetts, I live in the birthplace of Mardi Gras (not New Orleans) and you can be cited for simply speeding here, and thats how it should be.

Everyone knows that speeding makes them more likely to be in an accident, yet they do it anyway. The reason speeding tickets are given out is so we can identify insurance risks so that those of us who follow the law aren't penalized as much for the bad driving of the speeders.


35 posted on 06/05/2005 12:31:46 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (Farragut got lucky, if we had been on our game, we would have blasted him off Dauphin Island)
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To: AzaleaCity5691
It's not an accident that traffic accidents have been on the rise since they removed the national speed limit.

That is simply not true

See http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2003/Assess02.pdf#search='traffic%20accidents%201990%201991%201992'

Page 8 & 13 are the graphs that prove you wrong

Even though there are more drivers on the road today the number of people killed is less than it was in the past.

Speed doesn't kill, People driving at different speeds does.

36 posted on 06/05/2005 12:45:05 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Hank Rearden
I'm running out of missiles thanks to idiots like you.

And my Patriot ABM's are starting to run low, too.

Truce?

Just get used to doing 40 behind me and we can save a lot of taxpayer money.

37 posted on 06/05/2005 12:45:27 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Republican Party is the France of politics.)
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To: SedVictaCatoni
Oddly enough, "obeying the speed limit law" doesn't seem to qualify as an "incredibly important and positive traffic safety concept".

Speed Limits on interstates are not correlated with safety at all. In Germany the open Autobahns were as safe as US highways even when speeds were unlimited -- until they had to absorb a bunch of East Germans in Trabants, who drive like Americans.

And most of those Autobahns were two lanes, with trucks going 50 being overtaken by everybody else. But everyone moved over.

Of course, in Germany, lane discipline is enforced by the law, by insurers (if an overtaking car hits you in the left lane, you were wrong), and by an extremely thorough driver training program that costs serious money and takes serious time. Also, the Germans did (when I lived there) not allow you to get a license until age 18. That would eliminate a number of the worst drivers in any country.

Ask any cop how many times he's responded to an accident of a car packed with teens. More than he wants to think.

Another reason we have poor lane discipline in the US is the large numbers of minivans and SUVs. These high-centered vehicles feel unstable in lane changes, so when Suzy has lane changed into the left she isn't going to change for anything -- unless she sees the highway patrol coming in her rear view mirror.

I find that most big Winnebago campers are driven with a view to their limitations, but most SUVs are not. I know several guys who bought their wives SUVs because the gals were accident prone -- in one case, because she was much given to drinking and driving.

I can (and do) drive all day without seeing a competently driven SUV. On the other hand, most commercial trucks, not just the big rigs but Joe the Electrician, are driven well. Go figure.

And while I am ranting -- how about the old senile geezers who respond to cataracts or macular degeneration by simply driving as before, but way slower? I had a ringside seat an an accident one of these guys caused three weeks ago. His reaction time was so bad that he was still on the gas for a half minute after his vehicle had come to rest.

I wish these guys luck with their courtesy campaign, but as long as we will licence any testosterone-addled yout', blind senile geezer, or illegal aliens who can't read even in their own savage language, it's gonna be a bloodbath out there.

One final rant -- it is graduation time and we're going to get all the "Nine teens die in high-speed rollover" stories by thumb-sucking liberals with all their prattle about lives cut short and the poor victims and how they ought to sue GM because a Suburban couldn't take that corner at 95 MPH. Yeah, right. That's just the process of natural selection exerting a eugenic effect.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

38 posted on 06/05/2005 12:45:41 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F (If timidity made you safe, Bambi would be king of the jungle.)
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To: qam1
Oh yes. Here's a letter I sent to the local paper, recently.

_________________

On Tuesday, May 24, there was a power outage in the downtown area. Traffic signals were out. Evidently, a great number of drivers do not know, or else care to observe, the law that applies in such an event. A non functioning traffic signal is to be treated as a four way stop. This does not mean that the street with the largest amount of traffic becomes the through lane. It means that each and every vehicle is to stop and then proceed through the intersection in order; one at a time.

Of course, those who were blasting through the dead signal are probably the same ones flying along I-26, twelve inches from the car in front of them, while talking on the phone, eating a biscuit, yelling at the kids and checking themselves in the mirror. Then fifty feet from their exit, they cut across traffic, often in front of a big rig (whose numbers are growing daily.) Then when navigating the surface streets, go at two or three times the speed limit. When they do arrive at a functioning signal, for that extra edge on the restart, get the nose of their vehicle as far into the intersection as possible.

They probably will not recognize themselves, but for the rest of us, my only suggestion is drive as if the other driver is out to kill you. It may be no ones actual intention, but is a natural result from irresponsible driving habits.

39 posted on 06/05/2005 12:49:35 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: AzaleaCity5691
Those signs are not there as "suggestions", they are there because in order to drive, you need to be able to have a certain breaking distance between each car, and you need to be able to be able to adequately control the car.

They are there to raise revenue, and as a comfort for the senile whose reaction times are shot, and should be riding the bus from Elderly Services. (Which also isn't in the constitution).

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

40 posted on 06/05/2005 12:51:47 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F (If timidity made you safe, Bambi would be king of the jungle.)
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To: AzaleaCity5691
Up here the surcharges are added to your Insurance Bill and some of the profits distributed to the Reps in the form of cash in small denominations. Up here everyone appeals a ticket, tickets are another tax on the misgoverned of this state.

To give you something to think about, State Police Troopers are expected to give out six tickets an hour on traffic detail, we ain't go no damned quotas.

Another shocker, BPO's are expected to give out ten violations a day or be on the bad list. The Danvers Police, started giving warnings in close "Judgment Calls" and cost the Town $250K in four months, it ain't about money is it?

41 posted on 06/05/2005 12:55:40 PM PDT by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State)
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To: Criminal Number 18F

No one should be riding in "buses from elderly services"

Just because some people want to drive like maniacs, it doesn't mean the responsible people should be punished.

It wouldn't hurt people in this country to slow down, what's the rush, is everything so important that you have to go flying like a bat out of hell to get there.

You could alway leave early and pace yourself, instead of leaving late and driving like a lunatic because you have to "be there on time"


42 posted on 06/05/2005 1:11:04 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (Farragut got lucky, if we had been on our game, we would have blasted him off Dauphin Island)
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To: SedVictaCatoni
SedVictaCatoni wrote:
Oddly enough, "obeying the speed limit law" doesn't seem to qualify as an "incredibly important and positive traffic safety concept".
I'll make you a deal.

When "obeying federal laws and regulations and sound safety engineering principles when setting speed limits" becomes an "incredibly important and positive traffic safety concept," we can add obeying the speed limit to important safety measures.

But with speed limits set below the maximum safe speed for the road(s) they apply to for various reasons (revenues from fines, false sense of "safety," or environmental reasons as very common and bad examples), there's little safety in obeying the speed limit.

Lane discipline is a much bigger issue and does cause wrecks. And speed limits set too low also cause wrecks and kill people.

43 posted on 06/05/2005 1:11:16 PM PDT by cc2k
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To: Calvin Locke
Yeah, that'll work. Ever drive in a state with "lots" of left-hand exits, like CT?

Yes, I have brothers who live in CT and travel to there often, And as a state as a whole* CT drivers are the worst in the country. Putting the exits on the right won't help these morons.

1) It goes without saying no lane courtesy there

2) CT drivers have trouble staying in lane and I don't mean they change lanes without signaling. I mean they constantly drift over the lines into other lanes and then catch themselves and drift back they they do it again & again.

3) The slightest curve will cause a CT driver to slam their brakes hard. But what's really weird about that, is they don't slam their brakes before the curve or even in the curve, They slam their brakes after they are through it and the road straightens out. (They are especially bad at this on I-84)

It was funny, When my brother got married and everyone converged on CT. from other states; upon arrival, the first thing out of everyone's mouth was a comment on how bad the people drive in that state.

* I say as a state on a whole because as bad as CT. drivers are the truly the worst drivers in the country are from the Catskills of New York. Apparently no one there has heard the news that the speed limit was raised to 65 because there you typically on the NYS Thruway you will run into idiots doing 50-55mph in the left lane with nobody in front of them (Not an exaggeration!!!!!!) and they will not move. If there is a delay for any reason, they become so traumatized that when traffic starts up again they will literally drive 10-20 mph in whatever lane they are in for 2-3 minutes even as the car(s) in front of them pull away. Luckily it's only regional and the whole of NY State doesn't drive as bad as the people in the Catskills.

44 posted on 06/05/2005 1:21:37 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Lazamataz

hehe ok...

.....oi....


45 posted on 06/05/2005 1:25:14 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (America, [clinton] YEAH!!!)
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To: Arthalion
..the judge will toss it because they consider obeying the speed limit to be more important.

That is interesting. The text of the law says "notwithstanding the maxiumum speed limit" The text makes it clear that stopping lane blocking has priority over the speed limits. I guess this is just another case of activist judges making their own law.

46 posted on 06/05/2005 1:27:17 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Recall Barbara Boxer)
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To: qam1
I live in the mountains and have to travel US 34 daily. There are a lot of people that can not read. There are several passing lanes on hills with signs that say "Keep Right Except to Pass" I have had to pass people on the right because they went down the center of the road. They also block the downhill passing lane. One stupid guy was going downhill in the center lane and had the double yellow marking to his right(wrong way in wrong lane). People just thank they are better than others and will take your rights any time they can!
47 posted on 06/05/2005 1:27:23 PM PDT by mountainlyons (alienated vet)
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To: Lazamataz
I straddle two lanes in a two-lane highway that is posted at 65, doing 40, and swerving to block those who would pass me. That's okay, isn't it?

3 words

Long Entrance Ramps

48 posted on 06/05/2005 1:28:13 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Lazamataz
Just get used to doing 40 behind me and we can save a lot of taxpayer money.

40 what? My speedo is calibrated in furlongs/fortnight (don't ask - Pep Boys had them on clearance sale, cheap) and I'll need to work out the math.

One of my motorcycles can do about 140, so if we compromise that's 90.

49 posted on 06/05/2005 1:58:34 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: qam1

Drive according to the basic speed law, pay attention, look ahead, be ready to brake, drive sober, look for objects in the road, TRY to avoid a crash, and if you do crash, you must stop immediately and do what you can- call emergency, give reasonable (whatever you can) care and STAY THERE. Do not leave the scene. Hit and run is a felony. :(


50 posted on 06/05/2005 3:34:37 PM PDT by Gal.5:1 (stand firm, speak truth in love)
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