May 14, 2008

Get Out of the HOV Lane!

     Does this bug you as much as it bugs me? Now, let me make the proper disclaimers: My comments are not meant to imply, infer, or otherwise implant any suggestion that I endorse breaking speed laws—I don’t. However, enforcing them is my job, not yours. Also, this is primarily directed at those of us who brave our various metropolitan rush hours daily. For those of you who are fortunate enough to avoid rush hour, well, ain’t you just so special.

     Okay, back to that thingy buggin’ me. You’re cruising to work on the freeway in moderate traffic. Moderate meaning your wheels are turning and you’re actually creeping steadily toward your destination. You’re actually making a little headway, and then it happens; you catch up to him. He’s the driver who’s taken it upon himself to “police” the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes.

     He’s driving in that lane just because he can, because he’s got two or more people in his car. The speed limit is 60 MPH, but he’s driving 57 ½ MPH, and doesn’t give a rat’s behind about you rats behind. But don’t worry, once he gets to the Express Lanes he’ll blast up to 70 MPH. Why? I don’t have a clue.

     Okay, this is for you left lane loiterers, you road rage instigators: If you’re driving in the HOV lane and you see folks passing you on the right—now, listen up, GET OUT OF THE DAMN LEFT LANE!

     Ahem! I’m better now. Who cares if other folks drive above the speed limit (well, I do; but…), you shouldn’t. It’s not your job to care about other driver’s driving, while you’re supposed to be busy caring about your own driving. Rather than making things safer, by impeding faster traffic you’re much more likely to piss folks off and encourage them to make unnecessary lane changes just to pass your sluggy ass.  

     Leave the job of catching speeders to those of us trained to deal with them. I realize you may mean well. You may have good intentions. You may even view it as a moral imperative—people manufacture all kinds of motivations. All I can say is pay attention to the car attached to the steering wheel you’re gripping. If you have a legitimate problem with a serious traffic risk to report, that’s what cell phones are for.

     As for the drivers who unintentionally and obliviously impede traffic in the HOV lane because when their car engines engage somehow their brains simultaneously disengage, sorry folks, you’re on your own.


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