minicat wrote:Yeah, that guy sounds like a jackass who's not paying attention. The best street design in the world isn't gonna make any difference with drivers such as that.
But that's why the state law is written the way it is, because at the very least we can minimize the opportunities that exist for a person like that to do that kind of thing. Actually the very least we could do is not encourage that kind of behavior with bad advice, as has also occurred in this case, but the second least thing we could do is to just design the streets the way the law requires, because the law doesn't just pop up out of nowhere for no reason.
And now that I've totally cooled off, I kind of sympathize with him. Maybe he read the city's advice about passing buses. Maybe the driver of the white car didn't. So SUV guy is getting increasingly frustrated as white car driver refuses to pass the bus leading the way, and white car driver is just trying to follow the law as its written, so finally SUV guy decides he's going to pass both of them as the bus turns, and then there's the median in the TWLTL (which, upon further review, must have been his reason for swinging back into the traffic lane), so he swung back into my lane.
Doesn't explain him acting like a child after I honked at him, but maybe he had a bad day. He may have been trying to do what he thought was the right thing though, and been frustrated by a driver who he thought was wasting his time by following the actual law.
This is why we need consistency. There are just all kinds of reasons to do this the right way, and even based on the city's own argument, they didn't do it the right way.