where’s the love?
August 22, 2008
I don’t ask this rhetorically? I wanna know, where is the love?
We drivers have to stick together, right? There is the official set of rules for driving on the roads, and there is the mostly compatible unofficial rule set.
Official rule set: speed limit 65mph.
Unofficial rule set: speed limit, well, more than that. Up to a point.
Official rule set: complete stop at all stop signs
Unofficial rule set: slow down considerably at stop signs, stop all the way if someone else is there first.
You know, more GUIDELINES than rules.
And how are we in this together? You know how you’ll be driving along, and someone coming the other way flashes their brights at you for a second? You KNOW it’s not because YOU have your brights on, because it’s 3pm, bright daylight. So WHY is he flashing his lights? Because he’s telling you there’s a cop behind him, maybe hiding around the bend, maybe just parked to the side.
You slow down, and avoid the citation, the cop gets to sit in his air conditioned car a bit longer. Everybody wins.
Well lately, I’ve noticed too much randomness in the flashing lights guideline. I’ll pass a parked police car, obviously with his radar gun out, and realize NOBODY flashed me the signal. Plenty of traffic the other way, but NO signal. Makes me angry just writing about it.
Why would you do this?
Or, sometimes they’ll flash because they saw a deer about to cross the road. This is a grey area, one I’m not comfortable with. I can spot my own deer, but I can’t easily spot my own speed traps. Don’t confuse me with the deer flash.
Can’t we all just agree? If you pass a speed trap, you are obligated to flash your brights at drivers coming the other way for, say, the next mile. Maybe just half mile.
But for the love of mike, for pete’s sake, for my sake, for my kid’s college fund’s sake–flash em. That’s why you have em. In this economy especially. These tickets are KILLING me.