Tuesday, July 20, 2004

NO MATTER HOW FAST you're driving in the fast lane, before long somebody will bear down on you going 20 mph faster. And continue going 20 mph faster than you even when he or she is an inch from your rear bumper (the laws of physics would seem to make that impossible, but I see it every time I'm on a freeway). "Tailgating" is too polite a word for this behavior, just as "double-parking" is too polite a term for "treating the middle of the goddamn street as your personal parking lot."

Police are paying plenty of lip service to "aggressive driving" these days, but has anyone ever had the satisfaction of seeing one of these people get pulled over? Officer Friendly's approach seems to be to let these potentially dangerous people get well ahead and then pull over an easier mark for doing 68 in a wide-open 60 zone where 90 would be plenty safe. Just as Lovely Rita Meter Maid ignores the cars blocking the street and tickets the poor schlubs who played by the rules and fed the meter but overstayed their allotted time by a few minutes.

No, I don't have a problem with authority. Why do you ask?

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