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The competitive sport of civilian driving

From the Editor's Desk

Stephen Bartlett

Stephen Bartlett

Then there are the people heading up Cornelia and as they approach Route 3 and the lane evolves from single to double, they lane-switch 50 times and risk an accident to ensure they secure a spot in the lane that provides them with an extra foot up the road. The comical thing here is that even if they nab the lane and secure an extra car length, they often end up two lights down Route 3 at least four car lengths behind me.

Is there some sort of waiver out there people have access to that releases them from any liability as long as they are engaged in the competitive sport of driving? If there is, I don’t understand the benefit of it, as you would think they would be happy, except these drivers look like rabid lunatics behind the wheel out to catch the criminal who kicked their toy poodle.

The motorists I understand the least are those who drive 10 miles below the speed limit on rural roads, but then slam their feet against the pedal and jump well beyond the speed limit whenever the driver behind them has a legal opportunity to pass. Then, they slow down again, puttering along as they count Maple tree leaves.

But the drivers that frustrate me are the ones who refuse to allow someone clearly in a hurry pass them, especially whan the motorist in a rush uses his or her four-ways and employs the horn. Many times such drivers are dangers to the road and merely deranged participants in the sport of competitive driving. But there are also times when the driver behind trying to pass is in the midst of an emergency and needs to get somewhere much quicker than the drivers caught up in a race that solely exists in the minds of those willing to risk bodily harm to reach Target a few seconds faster than the car trapped behind them.

Reach Editor Stephen Bartlett at stephen@denpubs.com.

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