I have been driving significantly more this past month and have noticed an increase of morons, both drivers and pedestrians, on the roads. I know we have more people moving into the Phoenix area, but do they leave their brains at their old residence.
According to the Census Bureau, Maricopa County has the nation’s highest annual population growth. Phoenix and suburbs have an estimated population of 4.2 million. 81,000 people relocated to Maricopa country between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, giving us a daily average of 222 people.
It should be mandatory to test these people before they move so they can show if they know how to interact with traffic. While driving in the left lane of a busy street, a large pick-up truck was to the right of me in the middle lane and decided to make a U-turn right in front of me. I can see someone doing that on a farm, but in busy traffic?
One of my pet peeves is when pedestrians cross a very busy street anywhere they want. Maybe cross walks are intimidating or a few more steps out of the way than they can handle, but they don’t even check to see if cars are coming their way. These idiots don’t look both ways, heck, they don’t even look one way. They are the same people who would sue a driver if they got hit. I’m not saying we shouldn’t avoid these people, but it’s hard enough traveling around with bad drivers on the streets, now we have stupid pedestrians to deal with, as well.
While I’m complaining about pedestrians, I might as well talk about those people who cross the street slower than a turtle, especially when a car is waiting to turn. It’s obviously a power play because that’s probably the only time they can control something and irk people at the same time.
I can complain ‘til the cows come home but things are not getting better, in my opinion. So what are my options? Retire and eat bonbons all day, get a personal driver or just do my best to be vigilant and safe in traffic.
What would you do?
I’ve contemplated Road Rage more than a few times due to the idiots out there…buy a big beat-up truck and put brush guards all around it. People will think twice about getting too close to you! 🙂
The rules of the road are there to try to keep everyone behaving similarly (creating a safer environment for all)…NOT for having “Big Brother” looking over your shoulder. Legal aspect aside, here’s a simple thought that even the stupid drivers out there can understand ( I will never be PC on this…). You are in a place with millions of people around you…you are NOT the only driver out there. Go with the flow and everyone (including you) will benefit. Drive like an idiot and someone is bound to get hurt or die…I just hope it’s you and not some innocent driver becoming a victim to your bad habits. It only takes a little thought…but if that’s all you got, hang up your phone, turn off your music, put down your food or drink and focus on driving…you don’t have the bandwidth to do more than that!
Well said, Ron!