Feb 13, 2009

Rules of the Road

First, let me say that Jason and I went on our second date - post baby which is such a treat! We celebrated Valentine's day on Friday and had a wonderful time and a lovely dinner at Applebee's, one of my favorite restaurants.

Now, we try to avoid the big city (a.k.a. Bangor) during busy traffic times (a.k.a. 4-6pm or Friday nights/weekends). But for this special occasion we threw caution to the wind and ventured out at...hold onto your hats people...5pm on a Friday! The traffic was jammed up at pretty much every traffic light which leads me to this:

A Few Points Of Driver's Ed Review:

~When the light is green but traffic ahead of you is at a stand still, YOU DO NOT GO THROUGH THE LIGHT ANYWAY. You STOP AT THE STOP LINE. It is against the law to continue through and block the intersection.

~If you do proceed through the green light EVEN THOUGH THE TRAFFIC AHEAD OF YOU IS AT A STANDSTILL, you will also come to a standstill.

~HOWEVER, YOU WILL BE AT A STANDSTILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION. This will not get you anywhere any quicker.

~This will also cause traffic going in the other direction to be blocked when the light turns green for them and then THEY WILL BE AT A STANDSTILL and the ensuing backup of traffic will be CHAOS and it will ALL be the fault of the drivers that proceed through green lights even when traffic is not moving!

~ AND it is very dangerous to be stopped smack dab in the middle of the intersection, ESPECIALLY FOR BUS DRIVERS (Yes, along with NUMEROUS other vehicles, we saw a bus driver with a bus full of kids pull this stunt!)

'Nough said. You get the point. Anyone else have this or any other rules of the road pet peeve? (Don't even get me started on 4-way stops and who has the right of way!)


Esther said...

haha! Scott and I are constantly saying that drivers are getting dumber by the day! Here's a few more rules:
-If someone is trying to turn left through your lane, DO NOT stop to let them turn out, especially if you are in the right lane of a 4-lane road. You will not only stop traffic behind you, but you will also put them at risk because as they attempt to turn, there could be another car in the lane beside you coming along that doesn't see them turning! Just keep going and they can turn left when there is a break in traffic!!!

-Also, when there is a red arrow light AND a "Do not turn on red sign", please do not honk or get mad at me for not turning. I am just following the rules!

Sarah said...

Oh! YES Esther! Exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about! I knew you'd feel my pain!

Cheryl said...

Ha ha. These are some of my pet peves, too. Sounds like the traffic during Christmas shopping season around the mall, which I try very hard to avoid!

Anonymous said...

And when you're turning into the mall toward the back of JC Penney's off Stillwater Ave., there is not a stop sign going into the mall, but are signs on the mall loop road. This is so that you don't back up traffic on Stillwater. How many times have I seen people stop there?! I know it's great to be polite, but sometimes it causes more trouble than it's worth! Follow the signs, I say!

That's my rant!

Debby B.

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh Debbie, YES! I often find myself at those intersections yelling, "You don't have a stop sign! NO stopping, NO stopping!"