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"Not too much," he said.
I rarely have anything good to say about Texas, but I spent part of my recent vacation there, and on Interstate 10 in west Texas the speed limit is 80 mph and it was very relaxing. You don't have to go that fast, but if you go slow in the passing lane approaching El Paso, you might wind up as dead as that cowboy in the song.
Its Lehigh Valley segment was Wednesday, with state police and 17 local police departments placing special emphasis on particular sections of highway in four areas.
While all that is commendable, many other states also crack down on road hogs who impede traffic, especially in passing lanes. Driving is less stressful in such states.
was Route 22 around Easton.
On Wednesday, I cruised up and down Route 309 in South Whitehall, looking for signs of the crackdown. I did not see any. In fact, I did not see a single police car anywhere Nike Sneakers White Women from the Hamilton Street interchange to Schnecksville. So I gave up on that and headed west. As soon as I reached Route 100 in Fogelsville, police cars with flashing lights were thicker than flies.
had an SUV pulled over and I asked why.
An even bigger problem, in my view, involves the way many motorists refuse to move to the left into a passing lane, when traffic there is clear, to allow someone else to move onto the highway from an entrance ramp. What possible reason, apart from sheer nastiness, could they have for blocking other motorists that way?
Aggressive driving can be caused
As I talked to Heimes, another unmarked car went by with siren and flashing lights. Nearby, still another officer, Adam Woodruff, had another motorist stopped and I asked him if that, too, was a speeding case.
We can't blame police officers for doing what they're told, and these guys seemed to be doing their job well. Still, it would be gratifying to see just a little common sense applied to the traffic safety problem.
As for the biggest traffic safety bugaboo, speeding, I remember when some states had no speed limits at all, and it was safer and saner than driving in Pennsylvania.
Emphasis was also placed on red light running, distracted driving and unsafe driving in work zones.
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By that last item, she said, she meant "zigzagging in and out of traffic."
If a road hog drives for miles in the passing lane without passing, it is likely that somebody will weave from lane to lane, and perhaps do a little speeding in the process, to get unstuck. When the road hog is an 18 wheeler, as is often the case, it is even more dangerous.
Safety fanatics rarely deal with the sluggish twerps who cause aggressive driving in the first place. They see nothing wrong with people who waste other people's time; they see no need to dissuade road hogs from clogging traffic. If a crash results from somebody creeping along in a passing lane, they blame only the "aggressive" motorist who tried to get by.
blithely ignore the cause of the problem.
The aggressive driving program's Lehigh Valley coordinator, Robin Rivera, told me that Wednesday's "coordinated enforcement" was focused on speeding, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs and improper lane changes.
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"So far, I think we stopped about 10 speeders," Woodruff said. I asked if other kinds of citations were being issued, for offenses such as driving in the passing lane without passing.
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania focuses only on the rambunctious driving itself, and almost never deals with the cause. More often than not, when we see somebody tailgating or weaving from lane to lane, it is because of an inconsiderate road hog.
Aggressive driving is a disturbing thing, and when the police determine who forced other motorists to drive that way, they should crack down ferociously.
"It was for excessive speed in a 45 miles an hour zone," he said, and confirmed that he and other township officers were participating in the special aggressive driving crackdown. He declined to divulge how fast the SUV had been going, and its driver did not seem eager to talk to me.
I once wrote about a young man who was new to California, where I lived at the time, and he came to our workplace all upset about getting a ticket. He had been driving over the speed limit, but the ticket was not for speeding; he was cited for going too slow. In California in those days, you moved with the flow of traffic, or else, and that made the freeways safer.
"No, her registration plate is under suspension," he said. That did not seem to fit into the anti aggressive driving crusade, and the driver, a lovely young woman, was not happy. "It's ridiculous," she told me.
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