Driving is a privilege, not a right – Guest Post
May 15, 2009 by admncc
Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my own posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they would like to complain about. William Gatherer submitted the below-Guest Post. His complaint is cell phone use while driving. Enjoy and without further adieu, here’s William.
Each one of us has had to take a driver’s safety course. I remember it as if it was yesterday. I had many hours logged in books, as well as “driving time.” Growing up on a farm, I probably started driving at around 12, and finally got the license at 16. I understand that operating a motor vehicle is a huge responsibility, and I applaud all that can do it safely. CC, I also applaud you on your post of giving up texting while driving. This leads me to the point of this story.
I was headed home from work the other day, on Clemens Center Parkway (Named for Samuel Clemens). For those of you not familiar it is a 4 lane 2 way road with a concrete divider in the middle. At each intersection there are clearly posted “No U-Turn” signs. These are fairly easy to recognize as there is an upside-down “U” surrounded by the red circle and slash.
As I was approaching an intersection, I was nearly broadsided by an oncoming blue mini-van making an illegal u-turn. She was busy talking on the phone, and apparently waiting for me to go by was going to slow her down from reaching her destination. So she cut me off while making this u-turn. I must have worn a look of concern and anger on my face as I locked up my brakes. As she pulled away, still talking on her phone and staring at me like it was my fault, I noticed the Superman sticker on the back window. It actually said “SUPER BITCH.” Perhaps this is my first case of truth in advertising.