Stop Light Tomfoolery
You do not see this one every day, but you do see enough to really jerk a knot in my chain. It really annoys me to pull up behind or beside a car at a stoplight and they have a full car-length gap in front of them for the “imaginary” car in front of them. I cannot figure it out; I guess they think they are being safe by stopping 10 feet from the white line at an intersection.
I do not think that they realize that the stoplights in this country for the most part are on electromagnetic sensors that can tell when an automobile is stopped within the grid. It is just about as annoying as the moron who cannot figure out how to keep his/her foot on the brake while they are stopped. These are the asshats that will pull up to a light, take the vehicle out of gear, and slowly creep backward. Now if you are behind this jackass, then you suddenly fear that they will crunch the front of your car and then take off. If you are next to this fuck nugget and he/she starts to ease backward, you get the fun sensation of thinking that you are moving forwards toward the car in front of you or into the intersection.
How about the fool that stops his/her vehicle beyond the white line at the light? They stop well into the intersection and expect oncoming traffic to move out of their way. But the one thing that irks me the most at the stoplight, besides those that think the light does not apply to them and completely blow right through a stale red light are those that seem to think that if they ease into the intersection ever so slowly that the light will get tired of them ignoring it and it will turn green in their favor. We’ve all seen these birdbrains, they will do a quick stop most of the time and then start to roll into the intersection. I have been behind this one knucklehead who kept creeping that when the light changed to green, he was in the middle of the intersection. The funny thing is that he was still beside me at the next intersection several hundred yards away.
But, wait there is more, how about that half-wit that will sit at the intersection for 10-15 seconds after the light has changed green? Take the intersection where the light is on a very short left-turn cycle. On average 5-6 cars will get through each cycle and sure enough, there is always someone up ahead that is not paying attention (probably talking on their cell phone, but that is an entirely different issue), and takes forever to move into the intersection. Of course, there is that clown on the opposite end of the spectrum who will blow their horn the nano-second the light changes to green. That usually happens before the red light has completely stopped glowing and sure enough they are riding the horn. I guess some people are in a bigger hurry than the rest of us. Oh, that is right they are more important than the rest of us (again that is another story).
Why can’t we just get in our cars and drive and do it politely and safely? It is not that difficult, come on everyone else is doing it.