- - Sunday, September 3, 2017


When I was a young driver some 70-plus years ago, speed limits were limits, not merely suggestions. I was once pulled over and warned for going one mile over the 45-mile-an-hour limit on route 450 in Anne Arundel County when I was returning from the beach. There was no radar, of course, but the officer had “paced” me from behind. Today one would impede traffic by obeying the speed limit.

There are two types of drivers I find to be irritating and dangerous. The first is the tailgaiter who follows at one or two car lengths at highway speeds. I was taught to leave one car length of distance for each 10 miles per hour. Admittedly, that would be impracticable if not impossible on today’s crowded highways, but such close following is reckless.

The second irritant is the driver I call the “middle-lane camper.” That’s the person who refuses to use the right lane when travelling at or under the speed limit.

I don’t recall the figures, but I recently read of the astronomical number of people killed on our nation’s highways each year. I wonder how that number would rank on the list of all causes of deaths.



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