Archive for the ‘traffic’ Category

Get the taboggan out – snow is coming!

February 6, 2007

Hi Brit

The met office in the UK has issued a weather warning for tomorrow (Wednesday), saying that there is likely to be up to 6 inches snow in some areas tomorrow, which is likely to disrupt just about everything.

As we have had the occasional spurts of weather like this during the past three decades or so of my life, if not longer, I fail to see why suddenly it is becoming such a big issue. Of course it is a natural excuse for railways to use to explain erratic services; highway rush hour jams and millions of people to take the day off work, but what’s new?

It seems to me that the media is again using “drama speeches” to help support their “Global Warming” circus.

the Brit

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Speaking of Big Brother

February 3, 2007

Hi Brit,

I’m sure y’all have those automated cameras at intersections that take your picture and give you a ticket for running the light, all without the need for human attention.  Well, here’s proof that they don’t work as well as they should, NYC Ticket Says Man Ran Light in Rowboat.  What’s shocking about this incident is that, when the man questioned the ticket, it was dismissed.

Of course, not all police activity is automated, and some of it is high quality work by honest and  dedicated individuals.  Take this for instance, Wis. Police Chief Tickets Himself $235.  I think Chief Knoebel deserves a medal. 

Go Colts!

the Grit

Aren’t you glad you work at home!

January 24, 2007

Hi Brit,

Based on this, Beaten by an inch of snow, I’m guessing you’re very glad you work at home.  It’s even worse here when it snows.  One of my first memories of Memphis was being on the Interstate (I-240) when a few flakes drifted down out of the sky.  In an instant, the speed of traffic dropped from 50 MPH down to 5 MPH as every driver, apparently sharing a psychic link, slammed on their brakes simultaneously.  I had to drive off the pavement to avoid hitting the car ahead of me.  The last time we got a lot of snow during the middle of a work day, there were 300 traffic accidents within the first half hour.  It took me 4 hours to make the 20 mile trip home.  Good luck.

the Grit

Smoking detectives

January 19, 2007

Hi Grit

I have been meaning to respond to your post about smoking  Nazi’s, but needed to check whether I could use the word 🙂

For those who wish to ban smoking in cars over there, they should take a leaf or two out of the UK laws. In a unique application the police can charge parents who are smoking in their cars with mistreatment of the child, or of course failing in their parental duties. With regard to people simply smoking in the car, they can of course be charged with driving without due care. Of course the latter route can also be used for eating, sneezing, singing, changing CD’s and talking to your partner. One can of course be fined and/or jailed for these offences.

Of course this does help those who wish to break the habit of smoking, excess consumption of food, parenting, spreading infectious diseases, vocal abuse and noise excess. The only difficulty, at least for the ladies, is that it will threaten their record of speaking 8,000 words a day.

I assume that we are heading to a situation where unless you have had a recent haircut, manicure, shave and are wearing a shirt and tie, you will not be able to drive at all. By the way, one cannot escape the long eye of the law or blame it on someone else, now that we have face recognition camera traps.

the Brit 

Just in case y’all drop by the States for a visit…

January 11, 2007

Hi Brit,

I happened across this, What every Brit should know about jaywalking, and figured I’d better point it out to you in case you make it across the pond.  It’s difficult to believe that y’all don’t have a law against jaywalking.  Doesn’t it interfere with traffic?  I know it’s illegal in Canada, since my wife got a ticket for it.  Not just a casual, he police happened to notice, ticket either; the local law had an officer staking out that particular crossing specifically to catch jaywalkers.

Of course, the story does contain what, I suspect, is the key determination in the difference in our legal views on this subject,  “where it is considered a personal responsibility to cross the road safely.”  Personal responsibility is something our Government is trying to wean us off of.

the Grit

At least we drive on the right side of the road.

December 30, 2006

Hi Brit,

Even though y’all drive on the wrong side of the road, it seems like we have the worst traffic problems.  Animal parts, missile, cause top U.S. traffic headaches  Of course, for the sake of our non-British readers, I should point out that a “lorry” is a “truck.” 

However, it seems like the EU is trying to make up for lost time, European Cities Do Away with Traffic Signs.  Which, I suspect, will be a very, very bad idea.  Oh, and I notice that one of the test cities is Ipswich, which, if I’m not mistaken is where your latest serial killer was haunting.  Could there be a connection?

 Plus, I just found this on StrangeVehicles.com (at http://www.strangevehicles.com/archive/eletter_item_223.html):

The following are a sampling of REAL answers received on exams given by the California Department of Transportation’s traffic school. YIKES!

Q: Do you yield when a blind pedestrian is crossing the road?
A: What for? He can’t see my license plate.

Q: Who has the right of way when four cars approach a four-way stop at the same time?
A: The pick up truck with the gun rack and the bumper sticker saying, “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”

Q: What are the important safety tips to remember when backing your car?
A: Always wear a condom.

Q: When driving through fog, what should you use?
A: Your car.

Q: How can you reduce the possibility of having an accident?
A: Be too shit-faced to find your keys.

Q: What problems would you face if you were arrested for drunk driving?
A: I’d probably lose my buzz a lot faster.

Q: What changes would occur in your lifestyle if you could no longer drive lawfully?
A: I would be forced to drive unlawfully.

Q: What is the difference between a flashing red traffic light and a flashing yellow traffic light?
A: The color.

Q: How do you deal with heavy traffic?
A: Heavy psychedelics.

Q: What can you do to help ease a heavy traffic problem?
A: Carry loaded weapons.

Q: Why would it be difficult to be a police officer?
A: It would be tough to be a dickhead all day long.

I was going to say that it makes me glad I don’t drive in LA, but then I realized that, unlike Memphis, their idiots at least TRY to get a license.

the Grit