Archive

Archive for the ‘obeying traffic signs’ Category

Know a Bad Driver? Are You One? Casting for a Web Series

I was poking around on another website where you can share your frustration with commuting and driving, platewire.com, and found this message in the comment section from “badmark” posted on July 10. 

Please let me know if you nominate someone!

Do you or someone you know suffer from road rage?  Does your worst side come out when you hit the road?  Are friends and family afraid to drive with you?  Do you have an extreme phobia of roundabouts and 4-way stop signs?

If this describes you, or someone you know, we want them NOW!  Car and Driver Magazine is seeking HORRIBLE DRIVERS with BIG PERSONALITIES for a web series.  Series will be shot in the New York Tri-State Area in August/September.  We are seeking them out, coaching them with a professional driving instructor, giving them a final exam and giving them a chance to regain their driving cred.

Interested?  Or would like to nominate someone?  Please email baddrivercasting@gmail.com with “Bad Driver” in the subject line with the following info:

Your name:
Name of Bad Driver you are nominating:
Ages:
Contact Number:
Location:
Please include photo of yourself and the person you are nominating.
Why are you (or person you’re recommending) the Worst Driver Ever?

Advertisements

If Drivers Have to Obey Traffic Signs, So Do Pedestrians!

Pedestrians Disobeying No Walk Sign

Something I’ve noticed lately is that many pedestrians don’t obey traffic signs.  I know you’re probably like, “wow, and drivers typically don’t obey them, either!”  But no, seriously, I didn’t really realize how bad pedestrians were with this until recently. 

As children, we were always taught in schools and by parents to obey traffic signals.  You were not to walk into the street without looking both ways first, and you were not to enter a crosswalk until the traffic sign permitted you to.  

But pedestrians these days seem to follow a different creed.  At the intersection of Rockville Pike and Marinelli Road(across from the White Flint Metro station), the pedestrians are irreverent and oblivious to the traffic signs.  Daily, I am prevented from making my right-hand turn onto Rockville Pike when it is my turn because pedestrians cross the road at inappropriate times.  

It almost begs the question: do pedestrians think that traffic signals only apply to drivers?  Do pedestrians feel that drivers should always give them the right of way, regardless of what the signal says?  

Rules of the Road by Dona Sauerburger, provides a simple explanation of the law that pedestrians (and drivers) need to follow in the D.C. metro area.  Basically, it says that pedestrians crossing an intersection on a crosswalk with traffic controls need to yield to drivers when the “don’t walk” or “upraised hand” sign is displayed.  

I don’t have a problem yielding to pedestrians when it’s their turn to cross the road.  But I’m just saying…when it’s my turn to go, can I get some reciprocity?  Fellow drivers/commuters: do you experience this while driving?  Please share your experiences!

%d bloggers like this: