Annual driving reminders

It seems that it is once again time for me to remind some of you about certain driving facts, as they relate to the laws in MD, DC, VA, and as to my personal behavior.

One, it is permissible to turn right on a red light under certain circumstances in our locale. It is not, however, required. Thusly, you have no reason to honk at me because you feel I am taking too long to do so. I am within my rights to take as long as I wish to ascertain that it is indeed safe for me to make the turn, or even not to turn. I am most certainly required to come to a complete stop before I turn on red, even if you never do so yourself.

Two, relating to my personality rather than traffic laws, the instant you honk at me in the above described situation, you guarantee that we’re going to be sitting through the entire light until it turns green. That thing might be on a 9 hour timer, but I am gonna keep you waiting there behind me even if I have to call in sick for my job and pee into an old coke bottle so I can wait it out. You got me, sparky? You, your type-A ‘personality’ (and I use the term loosely) and whatever unfortunate individuals are passengers in your feckless deathmobile will all be cooling your heels behind me till I am sure it’s well and truly green.

That is all.

18 Comments so far

  1. danny (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

    Dude, the guy honking at you might just be reminding you lest you have forgotten that you can take a right on red, or if you are not paying attention. Don’t make it an ego issue — I’d rather the car behind gently (by honking or flashing lights) wake me out of my daydreaming so I can turn red and not whole back a whole line of other cars behind the honker. I am not type-A at all but I actually appreciate it if the car honks — its all in the perception — if you perceive the car behind is you being pushy, well than maybe thats coz you are. On the other hand, if you’re like me (not pushy, not type-A) you’ll perceive the other car to just being helpful.


  2. Don (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    You’re a generous soul to think this is the case, Danny, but the clown behind me this morning honked literally -1- second after I had pulled up to the line and come to a complete stop after the person in front of me proceeded right on red. It similarly was not a gentle and brief “hey, you awake in there?” honk, but a full 2 second blast.

    I’ve yet to experience a honker in those circumstances just “being helpful.”


  3. Victoria (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

    Just as ignorant are those drivers who are behind you and honk because they expect you to turn left on a green immediately (not an arrow), even though you have a long line of cars going through the intersection. I’m on your side, Don. I’m not sure what difference the extra 10 seconds I take to make sure my car isn’t going to be totalled is going to make, but maybe I’m missing something.


  4. Victoria (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

    Just as ignorant are those drivers who are behind you and honk because they expect you to turn left on a green immediately (not an arrow), even though you have a long line of cars going through the intersection. I’m on your side, Don. I’m not sure what difference the extra 10 seconds I take to make sure my car isn’t going to be totalled is going to make, but maybe I’m missing something.


  5. honkey (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    you suck… i had to take a shit real bad


  6. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    I was once stopped at a red light under similar circumstances where the driver honked, then switched lanes to make a right on red in front of me from the left lane.


  7. Breaux (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    I would honk the shit out of you. Frankly, I do honk at asshats who just sit in the right lane too scared to go. Im not trying to spend an hour longer than I have to because some douche can’t man up and go right at the light. I don’t think it was me honking at you today, but it certainly could have been. As a general rule I try to honk at least once a day.


  8. Breaux (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    Oh and one more thing, if this happened today, why are you posting a picture like that where there’s a torrential downpour. Talk about false advertising, it was bright and sunny all day, seriously if you were too scared to go today when it was perfectly fine out then you deserve to be dragged from your car and beaten in the middle of M street.


  9. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    Wow Breaux. Nicely done, you come off looking like just the Type A Asshat that Don was writing about.


  10. Breaux (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    Watch me as I care. Seriously, people in this area must have learned to drive in Mongolia, this is case A in reasons why traffic around here bites. No one is going to honk if there’s one car length in space to pull out into traffic. If someone was honking there must have been an excessive amount of room to maneuver. People here act like they’re the only people on the road and they can sit at a red light going red, I just don’t understand it.


  11. Norm (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    Breaux, you’re aboslutely right. You don’t want to be late in scooping up that latte with extra foam before your workday starts.

    Don, you ever thought about putting the car in reverse? hahahaha


  12. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    Honking asshats like you Breaux make me take my time because I know it drives you fucking insane and one day you’ll stroke out behind me.


  13. Breaux (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    We wont stroke out behind you if the DC gun laws get repealed. Remember it grandma.


  14. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

    heh, nice to know you’re a felon just waiting to happen, Breaux.


  15. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    Right on, Don. No obligation to go right on red. It’s the driver’s choice. I am glad you also mentioned that you stop at red lights. Probably you do the same at stop signs. Not many people do this anymore and seem surprised when folks do.

    I was once rear-ended by a guy as I got to a stop sign. His excuse was that he didn’t think I was really going to stop. $2000 of insurance money later, I was still driving fine and his rates skyrockted because he drove like a jackass.

    I don’t think it was this Breaux guy but it could have been, judging from how he describes his own bad driving habits.


  16. Don (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    I’d like to claim the moral high ground here, but I come to a complete stop at all stop signs now because I learned my lesson a decade ago when I got a $80 ticket. After the fact it occurred to me that I was effectively making a wager where, if I won, I paid nothing and gained about 3-5 seconds. If I lost I was out $80+ on a ticket and an unknown amount on car insurance if I got points.

    And now I know that there’s at least the possibility that I’ll royally annoy some impatient douchebag as I lose those 5 seconds, so it’s about a wash.

    Seriously, the suggestion that people not turning promptly enough on red is “why traffic around here bites”? Laughable. It’s far more likely that some fool who didn’t leave his/her house 5 minutes earlier had a fender-bender and is blocking a traffic lane… since it’s always those same folks with their sense of entitlement that can never seem to pull out of the road when they scratch their leased expense-o-box.


  17. chris (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    It’s great to know that there are people like breaux out there, just itching to shoot somebody for making the astronnomical mistake of not turning right on red. let’s get that gun law repealed.


  18. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    Gun laws don’t really stop people like that, Chris.



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