Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"If you believe everything you read, don't read." Popcorn by The Colonel #30

Some people think shades
let you get away with anything
In the early 1980s, transit officials in Washington couldn’t figure out why traffic on the Beltway ground nearly to a halt every day at the same time. Turned out a single driver was to blame. Every day on his drive to work, this commuter would plant himself in the left lane and set his cruise control to 55 mph, the posted speed limit, forcing those behind him to merge right, to predictable effect. The driver, John O. Nestor, came forward in a letter to the Washington Post, explaining the virtues of the left lane -- less traffic, less merging -- and asking, “Why should I inconvenience myself for someone who wants to speed?”

The Colonel doesn't know the law in the District of Columbia, but in sunny Arizona Mr. Nestor would be breaking the law:

B. On all roadways, a person driving a vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall drive the vehicle in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

2. Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal or blinking of head lamps at nighttime and shall not increase the speed of the overtaken vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

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