No longer commuting to work has caused fewer encounters with Bat-Sh*t Crazy drivers, but the phenomenon loosely known as Pandemic Driving has more than made up for the lack of miles I’m covering. Fortunately, I’m mainly seeing scary stupid stuff, and not horrific accidents, but our local paper reported that, despite way fewer miles being driven, there were more highway fatalities than in any of the three previous years.
I have noticed a general increase in people just flat-out ignoring signs, lights and markings. A couple weeks ago, I was run up onto a snowbank by a guy who, despite seeing me turning right from out of an intersection, decided to make a series of 30° turns instead of a 90° turn at the intersection. I drove around him, as he drove right through where I had been stopped.
Last week, I was coming home with a pizza I had just picked up from our favorite restaurant. I was about a mile from home, following a large pickup truck. As we approached a busy intersection, the light turned red. The truck stopped. He had his signal on, indicating he was going to make a left turn. As oncoming traffic started backing up on the other side of the light, the guy in the truck just turned left. Visibility at this intersection is very bad. There are signs prohibiting even making a right turn on red. After the ruck turned, cars came through (cars that still had a green light) from both directions. Horns had honked, I’m sure gestures had been exchanged, but no one was hurt.
After I realized that we were all safe, I immediately moved to a different hypothetical situation.
“If I witnessed an accident, and had to stay until the police arrived, my pizza would have gotten cold.”
Insensitive? Well, it was just a thought.
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Monday began with snow that turned to rain. Tuesday was going to be too cold to walk, so Maddie and I squeezed a walk in between bands of rain. Our walk was full of haze and puddles. I hope you like the photos I collected.