Texting and Driving

Atlanta Driving Is Out of Control

Texting and DrivingI’ve mentioned before that when I lived in Atlanta 8 years ago, I drove like the proverbial bat: insanely fast. However, I never tailgated, weaved in and out of traffic, nor did I text or email while driving. I may have squeezed through a light or a few.

Driving in Atlanta today is like driving in a third world country, or driving in Russia, where they think nothing of driving on the sidewalks. This is out of control.

Atlanta drivers routinely, as if by birthright, run traffic lights. I’m not talking about squeezing through a light as it turns. I’m talking about several seconds after the light is red and just bold-faced running the light. I saw a stopped MARTA bus let riders on/off at Cheshire and LaVista this week. After the light was red for a couple of seconds the bus then went from a dead stop through the intersection, running the light as if it were not there. That driver should be fired.

Road congestion in Atlanta is worse than ever, and drivers routinely drive through an intersection knowing full well they will block that intersection when the light turns. Traffic jams are a dime a dozen yet counties continue to issue high density housing permits. Development brings in revenue. Road improvement doesn’t seem to be necessary.

We drove past a woman this week who was typing an email, not a text, an email while she drove down Cheshire Bridge. She was so distracted by her typing on the phone she was driving way too slowly–hence our passing her.

Drivers think nothing of tailgating–driving down the interstate at 80 miles per hour less than a car length behind the car in front of them. I see drivers jumping into insanely tight spaces between cars traveling at 80 miles per hour. I see them weaving in and out of lanes trying to get a car length ahead. Frankly, I don’t give a damn if they have a death wish, but I don’t want to be maimed or killed by their irresponsibility.

Over 1,000 motorists were killed on GA roads in 2015. Little wonder! Almost 3,000 Americans were killed on 9/11 and we literally spent trillions of dollars in massive wartime campaigns that are ongoing to this day–over a decade later. We surrendered our freedom. But 1,000 Americans are killed on GA roads in 2015 and we act like nothing has happened at all and continue the outrageous driving habits that cause it.

This has got to stop!

I’m calling for a very serious crackdown on irresponsible driving. I want people arrested. I want people ticketed. I want people to have to pay very high fines. I want people to lose their license. And when a person causes a fatality because of negligent, inexcusable driving, I want them in jail for a long time

One thought on “Atlanta Driving Is Out of Control”

  1. I love it when you go all Ranty Ranterson… and here, you’re on the money.

    People who text while driving should automatically be considered at fault for any accident that takes place while they’re at the wheel… and be subject to mandatory jail time. Having a few teeth yanked out would be a bonus.

    One of our friends just got ticketed for blocking an intersection as you describe. I feel bad for her, but, well, “Don’t Block the Box,” as they say in New York.

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