June 04, 2007

This is why Illinois wants to raise the driving age.

I saw one of the stupidest driving maneuvers today. I was driving down State St, a six lane primary street in Rockford. Both sides of the road are packed with commercial businesses. Its six lanes because of the amount of traffic that traverses it. The speed limit on the section of the road I was driving down is 45 MPH. Of course being six lanes EVERYONE does at least 50-55 MPH down this stretch. That is unless there is a cop present then, everyone slows down to the speed the cop is going. On most cases the cop is also doing 50-55 mph.

I was stopped at a light when a squad car pulls up next to me. As we sat other cars started to accumulate, which is normal at a stop light. By the time it turned green, there had to be about a dozen cars waiting. Of course we all let the squad take the lead and set the pace. As we were driving along I saw a white Camaro, Iím not sure what year, but it was a newer body style. It raced up to the congestion and started weaving in and out of lanes trying to get through. The driver looked to be a kid in his late teens or early 20s.

Maybe the kid wasnít paying attention, maybe he just didnít care, I donít know why but he squeezed between the squad car and a black SUV in the right lane. The Camaro almost hit both vehicles in the maneuver. Then the kid punched it and took off. Of course the cop flipped on the lights and went after the kid. That is when the kid slammed on his brakes and pulled over.

Iím still trying to figure out what made this kid think that driving recklessly and speeding past a cop was a good idea.

Posted by Contagion in Things that make me go, "GUH?!?!" at June 4, 2007 05:24 AM | TrackBack

Thinking? Oh not thinking at all and certainly not aware of his surroundings. He was either on the phone or into his music and not paying attention. Of course I've seen stuff like that and worse from older drivers - it's not always the young ones. From all indications, he drives like 3/4 of the people on the road out here in Massachusetts... really they make Chicago area drivers look like sheer geniuses behind the wheel.

Posted by: Teresa at June 4, 2007 11:47 AM