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We all know what happens to tattlers, Cindy…

Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 1:08 pm by flerly.

Always fed up with traffic and stupid drivers, I’ve often wished there was some website or hotline where you call report a bad driver’s license plate number and perhaps have a warning sent to them, or a police investigation started… something. I know there’s not enough manpower for that, though, which is why I often go back to the simpler wish of just firing suction-cup darts with “friendly messages” at cars.

Anywho, when the I-85 closure was happening yesterday afternoon which only added to the already heavy traffic using Jimmy Carter Blvd to bypass the I-285 construction, I guess when we saw two American Coach Line buses take off around stopped traffic, using one of the oncoming traffic lanes to try to get to an already full left-turn lane — left-turn lanes that 80% of all the waiting traffic were trying to get into because that’s the way around the interstate problem — well, it just ticked me off. They had URLs printed largely on their back doors, and truck id numbers, and even though there was no “How’s my driving” sort of sticker, I still thought it couldn’t hurt to check out the website.

Well, turns out they have a safety area, where you can comment on the drivers. Of course, after filling out that form only to find out it didn’t even work, I was just more mad. So, I picked the Atlanta manager’s email address off their contact list and just wrote him a letter about the whole thing, including how the form on the website not working probably helped cut down on the number of reports of bad drivers.

I dunno why I did it, except well… what they did really was reckless, and even though a half dozen other cars fell in behind them in the new “third” turn lane, when there were only actually two lanes, those big bully-ish coaches led the way, set a bad example, and I guess counted on their bulkiness to not be missed by the oncoming traffic and thus able to use that lane for their purposes.

Anyway, I just got a reply from the Atlanta director, assuring me that he would speak with the drivers about the incident and had notified the National Director of Safety about both the issue and the faulty website. I really didn’t expect anything, but…

Ugh… I mean… other than curse or grumble or honk and allow all the incidents to add to your own personal stress and high blood pressure, how do you deal with some of the insane drivers in this town?



  1. infinite1der has made a Comment

    I really enjoyed scaring the bejesus out of the family in the white van when they attempted to follow suit…

    June 13, 2005 @ 2:13 pm

  2. flerly has made a Comment

    I meant to mention that! The “WTF Do you people think you’re doing?!?” that you shouted out the window certainly did the trick! I know I love it when I yell things at cars and people actually hear me, whether it’s as a pedestrian shouting at people running that stop sign in the apartments or even once when I shouted at a guy parked in the fire lane at the supermarket.

    Hey.. wasn’t it George Carlin who did the skit about all cars should have their phone numbers as their license plate numbers so you could just call up people who are being retarded and tell them all about it?

    June 13, 2005 @ 2:44 pm

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