just a guy made of dots and lines (crs) wrote,
just a guy made of dots and lines

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speeding etiquette

Oh, and last night driving down from Minneapolis, I took a moment following a slow car in the left lane (only going 70 or so in the 65 zone) and waited maybe thirty seconds for him to pull over to the right... No tailgating or anything there... I then pulled over to the right, leaving plenty of room in front of the car a ways back in the right lane, and sped up to my cruising speed of 80 to pass. The car behind me followed me a few seconds later, and flashing lights came on behind him. Oh, yes, my heart skipped a beat at that point, and settled down pretty quickly when I saw both cars start to slow down as I pulled away. I slowed back down to 70.

I'd like to believe this is because I was courteous in the way I passed on the right only after giving the guy a chance, and the cop was waiting for a jerk. But I think it may just have been because the guy behind me got between the cop and me, and got unlucky.

I'm not even sure I saw what happened behind me right; the cop may have been following that other car for longer than that, or something like that. Who knows?

I've got delusions of good karma, I guess. :) Anyone know any state troopers? It'd be interesting to know more about how they pick which speeder to pull over... (And that's just curiosity speaking, though I'd probably end up using it for evil... though if courteousness gets you some slack, I think that would be a fine policy on their part, and conducive to my current driving patterns) (if you really believe passing on the right after giving the guy a long chance to move over is courteous).

Yep. Delusional. But it's a mass delusion, of which I am but one subject.

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