Re: Why do you need to pass that person?

On 27 Jul 1995, Jim Fiocca wrote:
> 1) You're coming up to the last stop light prior to your needing to turn
> right.  The light turns red, there is one person in front of you who has
> been going a reasonable 5 mph over the limit.  You notice that the left
> lane is clear, so you cut over - knowing full well that when the light
> turns green, you intend to try to pass that person in the right lane,
> cut over, hit your brakes, and make your right turn.
>  - ????? Why ????? -

Most times, I don't.  Sometimes, I'll do it if I can make the turn without
cutting off or slowing the other car, especially if it looks like one that will
do a slow crawl through the same right turn when I would run it comfortably
10 mph faster..

> 2) It's rush hour.  Everyone is going about the same reasonable speed of
> about 5 mph over the limit, so the excuse "they're driving too slow" is
> not applicable.  You're approaching a red light on a two-lane road that
> you know is about to merge into one lane shortly after the light (right
> lane ends).  1, 2, or maybe 3 cars are already stopped in the left lane
> and the right lane is clear.  Why do you pull up in the right lane
> intending to pass and get in front of those 1, 2, 3, or more cars that

I definitely don't..  In fact, there was a place near home where they added
an extra short right lane at the light so people could get around others 
waiting at the green to turn left..  Some would take unfair advantage of this
"passing" lane to get the jump on straight-through drivers..  I lived for the 
times when I was first at the light to the left of these bozos..  I'd jump out 
maintain a position just off their front fender, forcing them to stop when the
lane ended 75 feet after the light :-)

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