Browsing All posts tagged under »Traffic«

Stay Out of My Driveway!

May 15, 2017

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Maybe it’s some kind of equivalent to the crotchety old man yelling, “Hey, you kids!  Keep off my lawn!”  You have seen the signs as you drive around:  Keep Out.  No Trespassing.  Private Property.  Then there are the hand-lettered signs in spray paint, on plywood:  No Turning Around in Driveway!!!  and similar sentiments.  “Geez, touchy, […]

Distracted Driving: It Was Just an Accident, Right?

August 8, 2016

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Why we need to shame distracted drivers Since time immemorial, people have gone out, gotten drunk, and staggered home on foot or let their horses find the way.  Once cars were invented, it didn’t seem to occur to anyone that the pattern should change at all… until Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded in […]

Bikes vs. Cars: A Local Hit-and-Run Brings Out the Uglies on Facebook

August 3, 2015

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Bottom line: the primary responsibility in driving is to not hit anything, especially not human beings. This month, a man was riding his bicycle down a rural road in my area when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The driver had the good sense to stop and ask if the cyclist was […]

10-4, Driver: CB Radios Still Have Their Uses

February 9, 2015

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Many years ago, when cell phones were still as big as your head and probably cost as much as your car, my husband and I were reassigned from one coast of the US to the other coast.  We decided to drive our two vehicles in our own mini-convoy, and bought two CB radios for this […]

The Ethan Couch Case Revisited: More Outrage, But One Fierce Victim

April 21, 2014

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Remember Ethan Couch, the Affluenza Boy? The spoiled rich kid who slaughtered four and injured nine (some permanently) while drunk and speeding on a dark residential road? Whose parents had never disciplined him for anything, ever, no matter how serious? Whose lawyers argued… successfully… that young Mr. Couch couldn’t be held responsible for this horrific […]

Using the Internet to See the Traffic Mess in Atlanta in Real Time

January 31, 2014

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Need to know what to pack, what route to take, or traffic conditions?  The information is probably at your fingertips. Hubby’s Mom lives in Atlanta, which was pummeled by a rare snowstorm Tuesday night.  Over the phone, she told him how traffic was paralyzed everywhere in the city.   Just a few years ago, that phone […]

Affluence, Toxic Parenting Buy Lenience for Horrific Teen DUI

December 13, 2013

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Texas teen who slaughtered four and injured nine gets probation because he is a victim of toxic parents and “affluenza.”  All right, then.  Lock the parents up and put any other kids they may have into state custody, and most importantly: take away that infectious wealth. Last Father’s Day, 16-year-old Texas teen Ethan Couch — […]

Paul Walker: A Cautionary Tale

December 9, 2013

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He starred in a series of movies about illegal street racing, until a high-speed crash killed him. Until his death in a fiery car crash, I had no idea who Paul Walker was.  It quickly became clear that he was the star of the movie franchise The Fast and the Furious.   Walker was not driving […]

A Mileage Tax in the Land of Suburban Sprawl? Not Likely

December 6, 2013

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Writes Tom Curry for NBC News:  “By driving more fuel-efficient cars and by driving fewer miles than they did back before the 2008-09 recession, Americans are starving federal funding for highways and commuter rail and bus systems across the nation.” Why, those inconsiderate jerks, with their accursed fuel efficiency!  How dare they! So, of course, […]

Mark and the Deer

November 25, 2013

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How a dead deer brought up memories of a friend As I have written before, we live in one of the few quasi-rural areas left in the DC vicinity.  We get a lot of wildlife in close quarters here – foxes, groundhogs, possums, raccoons, deer – and I think we see them so often because […]

Aggressive Driving? How About Clueless Driving?

September 12, 2013

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“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” ― George Carlin As Lila drives around the Washington, DC area – which is routinely listed as one of the nation’s worst, as far as traffic goes – she keeps her radio tuned […]

Stay Out of My Driveway!

August 22, 2013

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Maybe it’s some kind of equivalent to the crotchety old man yelling, “Hey, you kids!  Keep off my lawn!”  You have seen the signs as you drive around:  Keep Out.  No Trespassing.  Private Property.  Then there are the hand-lettered signs in spray paint, on plywood:  No Turning Around in Driveway!!!  and similar sentiments.  “Geez, touchy, […]

D.C.’s Unique “Slugging”: Carpooling With Random Strangers

April 5, 2013

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It’s something in between organized hitchhiking and anonymous carpooling, but strangely, it works. I recently ran across a CNBC story lamenting the fact that even as gas prices spike, more people prefer to drive alone.  This should “make you scratch your head,” writes Philip LeBeau. Not really!  When Hubby and I were first assigned to […]

Wanna Kill Someone in Virginia? That’ll Be $20. If You Do It While Texting and Driving.

September 3, 2012

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The Virginia Assembly has some work to do. Following up on last week’s distracted driving article:  remember how we said that texting and driving is so very like drunk driving used to be?  Light penalties, if any at all?  Well, my own proud state of Virginia has just given us a vivid illustration of that […]

Distracted Driving: It Was Just an Accident, Right?

August 27, 2012

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Why we need to shame distracted drivers Since time immemorial, people have gone out, gotten drunk, and staggered home on foot or let their horses find the way.  Once cars were invented, it didn’t seem to occur to anyone that the pattern should change at all… until Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded in […]

10-4, Driver: CB Radios Still Have Their Uses

June 21, 2012

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Many years ago, when cell phones were still as big as your head and probably cost as much as your car, my husband and I were reassigned from one coast of the US to the other coast.  We decided to drive our two vehicles in our own mini-convoy, and bought two CB radios for this […]

When Parents Drag Their Children to Their Doom: Speeding over 100 MPH in a Crowded 35 MPH Work Zone Brings Death

June 11, 2012

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We live in the DC area, a certifiably insane place, and not just because of the politicians.  This area is consistently rated as one of the worst cities in the US for traffic.  My radio is constantly tuned to a station which provides traffic reports, because it is a given that there is probably an […]