Didn't get you much farther along, did it?

@dawnald (84157)
Shingle Springs, California
March 2, 2010 10:38am CST
Today I'm stopped at a red light and the car behind me suddenly gets over to my right, and I'm thinking "you're not turning right, you're going to pass me illegally". Sho nuff, passes me on the right. I get on the freeway, he gets stopped at the next red light. Exactly where he would have been if he hadn't passed me on the right. Honestly, I really wonder about these people who are so impatient that they risk a ticket to get themselves 10 seconds ahead and then end up not getting ahead at all. I find myself thinking things like, "you should have left 5 minutes earlier this morning" and "where's a cop when you need one?" Sometimes I even say that stuff out loud, "you moron, what did that get you?" What do you do when people do stuff like that?
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@katsmeow1213 (28940)
• United States
2 Mar 10
Ha Ha, yep. I love pulling up next to them at the next light and look over and wave, "Oh look, here we are again stopped at a light.. even though I did the speed limit and you did double that, we're still in the same place, wow!" But I've been on the flip side too. Not so much anymore, but 5 years ago or so I was such an impatient driver and I would floor it from one light to the next, weaving in and out of traffic. It got so frustrating when everyone else was moving so slow and I just wanted some speed! Not because I was in a hurry, just because I hated driving slow. I drove all the time back then though. These days I don't go out much anymore, so I'm able to drive slower, sometimes I find I'm not even doing the speed limit.. I'm like 5 or 10 MPH under it!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
oh lmao I wish I had thought of that! hehehe I like going fast too, but I hate changing lanes. Speed feels fun. But still, I don't recall that I ever did an illegal pass on the right. He probably thought, "ooh mini van mom, I can take her!" lol
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@Hatley (159604)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Mar 10
hi dawnald this reminds me of this cocky young man in a brand new red convertible. I was trying to hurry across the s treet ona still green light for pediestrians when this young guy pulls right up to inches from my body, leans out and screams at me, old lady, walk a lot faster, will you?" I called back, I have the walk light, don't you dar." He zipped past me so close my skirt b rushed his door and sped up the street. I was shaken but late for work so hurried up the street to the parking area in front of the library where I worked. A police officer walked towards me, calling ma'am please come over here a minute.So curious as to what he wanted I hurried after him. there sat the red convertible with the young now very angry man. the cop asked, Areyou the lady he almost hit when he made an illegal turn and ran the red light? I said, why yes, I thought he was going to hit me, he brushed my skirt.Like to really scared me. The cop told the glowering young man, you sir ran a red light, made an illegal turn, and you are now going to get a ticket. I left then, not wanting to seem to be gloating. but of course I really was. so what goes around will come back around, and bite you in the butt
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
Almost the exact same thing happened to my husband last week, but not at close, and in this case it wasn't a young guy with an attitude, but a woman on her cell phone. She got a ticket too!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Mar 10
yeah me too, but most likely they just have a pile of unpaid tickets lying around!
@hvedra (1623)
2 Mar 10
That kind of stupidity happens a lot. Car drivers who race past you because they are in such a hurry but you catch them up again at the next set of lights! I think people are generally more impatient and have no sense of what is really important sometimes. They aren't brain surgeons on the way to save somebody so there is no need to rush. Often this happens of an evening and I do wonder if they are rushing home to watch their favourite show on TV or something equally pathetic. Once we got overtaken by one of these idiots and caught up with him about a quarter of a mile later where he'd almost rear ended a stationary fire engine. The firefighters were giving him a strong lecture about how they have to cut people like him out of vehicles - that was pretty cool and I hope he took the message on board!
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
ooh good for them!!!
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
2 Mar 10
My thoughts are usually along the lines of "oh HE needs a stupid sign" or "he so deserves a ticket" "what's your hurry buddy?" I generally dont do anything other than think thoughts though!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
I wish I had a stupid sign for the car (for other people). but might get me in trouble, so maybe not...
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
It would get me in trouble I'm sure it would broadcast thoughts like "nice signal idiot" or "WHY the heck did you pass me and then slow down to turn halfamile later?"
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 10
haha Moron you got stuck at the same light that I did haha You were a ticket waiting to happen - and it did!
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Mar 10
Hiya Dawn! It's right what you say, these people do seem to get away with it...but for how long I wonder? Hope he gets his "just desserts" lol. I once watched a very good documentary (part of the excellent "Cutting Edge" series on Channel 4) when Road Rage was a relatively new phenomenon (word of the day) that people experienced or talked about. Now, they interviewed a guy that went on about a Road Rage incident he was involved in. He was in a long line of cars somewhere in the countryside and was becoming impatient at the slow-moving traffic. I guess you know what's coming next? Yes, he decided to overtake, only to become involved in a nasty accident. He then said to the camera that he now realises how stupid he was as he hadn't gained any extra feet in doing the overtaking anyway, as everyone else caught up with him. Mind you, slow drivers can be a menace too but that's another story!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
Yes, they can be a menace, and here they can be ticketed for 'blocking traffic' though I've never heard of anybody it ever actually happened to.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
2 Mar 10
It's the same here with mobile phones. It's not like the US where a lot of cars are automatic (very Jack Bauer lol) but here we tend to be primitive and use gears haha. I don't drive myself but my hubby does and the times his Dad rings him when he's driving is unbelievable and why, oh why he doesn't hand the phone over to me, God only knows. I've told him to switch it off because if a copper pulls him over for using his phone whilst driving (it's an offence) then he won't get any sympathy from me. So there!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
It's an offense here to. I really need to set up the phone thinger in my car, but I don't get called enough to want to bother.
@ElicBxn (60083)
• United States
2 Mar 10
yeah, actually, the police here aren't apt to pull you over for passing on the right unless they just don't have anything better to do However, you know those people that... pause... at stop signs? Well, I saw one person who just slowed and then BLEW thru a stop sign (and passed on the right to boot!) get pulled over by the cop who was staking out the stop sign!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
They call those California stops here! One girl I used to work with tried to tell a cop who had pulled her over that it was 'just a California stop'. For some strange reason, that didn't get her out of the ticket!!!
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@ElicBxn (60083)
• United States
3 Mar 10
glad she got a ticket!!! california stops!!!
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
yeah, dumb looks don't get you much mileage with cops...
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
3 Mar 10
If you ll come and drive in Malta... you ll learn how to say the holy Rosary backwards or any other prayer that you prefer. You encounter this type of morons from every side street. Soits either you learn how to drive the Maltese way or else better not drive at all. I prefer to leave early for work even if I arrive half an hour early that to be stuck in a traffic jam.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
Maybe I'll come visit anyway. Do they have taxis there?
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
3 Mar 10
Yes but they are the most expensive in Europe :)
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
there's always a catch!
@bystander (2294)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
i just entertain myself and imagine that guy to have bought the road already and he can do what he pleases. drivers of every kind and of every persuasion do things on the road which defies proper conduct, even reason. unless we have the patience, we may figure in an accident. but we don't have to understand road maniacs and their ilk.
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
He bought the road, that explains it! I used to say (if he was driving a fancy car), "oh he has a Mercedes, he thinks he owns the road."
@bystander (2294)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
thanks for the response, dawnald
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@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
3 Mar 10
Hi dawn! I also exactly feel the same. There are many nasty drivers, who will not wait for their turn, instead would zig zag their way to cross a red/green light. I know there are not going to reach anywhere, they could be found 'waiting' at the next red light. Many of drivers/people are impatient and they do not have regards for other drivers. They do not even bother to turn on their indicators for turning left or right and would suddenly come in front of you and would turn their way and for saving yourself you need to apply sudden break and you start cursing them, the moment they cross. This happens with me everyday, when I drive my vehicle on my way to office.
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@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
3 Mar 10
pl. read 'they' in the third line and 'breaks' in the last but third lines.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
Not turning on indicators (turn signals) is another pet peeve of mine. Some people apparently thing they are optional, but they could actually get ticketed for that!
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 10
We have many of them here and it always makes me laugh After being an A** they get no further what so ever
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 10
which is just fair!
@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I normally laugh when people pass me up at a high rate of speed only to be stuck at a red light a few seconds later. It's hilarious, and my thoughts are exactly like yours, Dawnald. They run the gamut from "So much for your getting where your going about 30 seconds earlier," to "What an idiot." My day is made whenever something like this happens.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 10
Yep me too! Or if they get pulled over!
@Wizzywig (7860)
7 Mar 10
I was stuck in a line of traffic one evening on an approach road to a roundabout. Each time the queue moved, we were only really shuffling a couple of feet. So, I didnt see the need to move everytime. this didnt go down well with the man behind. I could see him tapping his wheeel and looking worked up but, well, yes, it was tiring sitting there. Then he virtually stood up in his seat, leaned right out of the window and yelled, "MOVE, you f***ing stupid b!tch...you're in a traffic jam - not sat on your ar$e on your f***ing sofa." I laughed and called back...how desperate are you to go 4feet??. Other drivers told him to shut up and his passenger just looked away as the driver shrivelled in his seat.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 10
Some people are so darn impatient. I hope he was good and embarrassed!
• United States
7 Mar 10
as far as the lane cutter goes,i laugh when i see them pulled over. i see it all the time tho.nobody in new england knows what a frickin turn signal is. ahh it's a blinkie thing..make it stop..
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 10
I laugh too!
@neildc (17259)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
3 Mar 10
this is very common with our drivers here. what you have to do when you see them is to just slow down a bit and let them do their thing. lol i sometimes do that but i am very very careful especially if there is a cop.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
yeah, not worth fighting over...
3 Mar 10
That happens so frequently to me, I guess other drivers see me as a little old lady and think I'm an easy target. However, it makes me laugh when they get caught out like that. Yes I do talk to myself on occasions like that, a couple of days ago someone was all over the back of my car, desperate to pass, finally he shot past me only to screech to a halt at the lights. I pulled up signalling right, glanced over to him and smiled sweetly. As the lights changed I was very childish, I stuck out my tongue and drove off. :-D
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
hehe I would have loved to do that too!
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
2 Mar 10
Believe me, i talk out loud every time i drive & it's usually not nice talk because people act like such jerks when they drive. I'm really surprised there are not more accidents than there are.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
Yeah me too!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
2 Mar 10
I say stuff to myself (much like you), "you dumb sh*t", "I hope you get caught", and when they hit the next red light, "Ha, hope you hit the next light too, and I hope you're late." Vindictive, huh?
• Australia
2 Mar 10
I shake my head and wonder at the mentality of the driver. Then I feel pity for the car and think it will have a short life. Sometimes I wonder how he manages to pay for all the extra maintenance and tyres and fuel he burns. And then I am thankful that the older I get, the more patience I acquire. So many times, a car takes off at the lights as though it is in a Grand Prix, races to the next intersection and slams on the brakes for the next lights - over and over and over. WHY? Surely the driver must be mentally defective? So I just shake my head and wonder if he (usually a he) is another temporary Aussie and hope he comes to his senses before he causes grief to those he leaves behind.
@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
Yep, it's usually a he, though not always. I shake my head too. And I hope that they aren't an accident waiting to happen further down the road...
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2 Mar 10
Laugh, laugh and laugh some more. It amazes me why people risk not only getting a ticket but also injury by trying to overtake when either you shouldn’t or it’s not safe just to get one car ahead and usually right behind the car you were following anyway. Maybe they like the thrill of it; the risk involved, or maybe feel they are being proactive in getting somewhere quicker. But to me it’s pointless, dangerous and illegal.
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@dawnald (84157)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
He didn't get a ticket today, but he is really just a ticket waiting to happen!