Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Just How Fast is Fast Enough?

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Now that I drive nearly an hour to and from work each day, I have time to observe certain behaviors in humans as they use motor vehicles to get from point a to point b. It's not something I really want to do, it's something I can't avoid, but I do need something to do while driving along listening to my ipod through a bad FM transmitter.
One of my biggest pet peeves in interstate highway travel is people trying to complete a pass while on cruise control. Someone who is just a half step faster than me but is too lazy just to tap on the gas to safely get by. No they just sit there creeping along and taking ten minutes to complete a pass waiting for one of us to blow a tire and take us both out. Step on the gas for two seconds, complete the pass and let us both move on with life.
A close second is the driver who gets right up to your bumper expecting you to get out of their way(as if you were obligated to) because they actually believe there is such a thing as a "fast lane". Try explaining that to the nice officer when he pulls you over. The moral dilemma with this is that I'm already(admittingly) speeding, that right folks I'm a law breaker! So I'm left to ponder the question, "What is the world coming to when ten miles over the speed limit isn't fast enough?"
So that begs the question, "What is fast enough?"
Why? Because individual States can't decide either.
Here in Wisconsin and Illinois it's 65, but in Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota it's 70, and in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming it's 75, and the jury is still out with Montana.
I don't have a big problem with someone who wants to put their life in their own hands, that is after all what freedom is supposed to be all about. It's just seems to me like a big ego trip to see who can be the bigger law breaker, and maybe that's my problem. Plus I'm always at a loss to figure out what the big hurry is!
Anyway that's what I'm pondering, I'd love to hear your comments,
Until next time,
Drive Safely!

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