Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Jersey .....Drive At Your Own Risk.

New Jersey Drivers

Having lived in the lovely Garden State my whole life occasionally someone will say “Hey what's with those New Jersey Drivers?” Shamefaced I will clear my throat and begin to make excuses for the bad manners, arrogance and just plain crazy way many of us drive in this state. I have driven in other states and guys, “They don’t drive like us.” We are aggressive and impatient and there seems to be a general feeling of entitlement when on the road.
As a parent I can't tell you how disgusted I get when I see a mom in a minivan driving like a bat outta hell while she is talking on her cell phone with a car full of kids.Or the older population that stops in the middle of traffic to check where they are going. We are the state of horn honking, even when we are dead wrong drivers who put each other at risk every time we get behind the wheel. We are also known for flipping off other drivers because we feel they are going either to fast or too slow.  
Somewhere along the line good road manners have gone by the wayside. Watching my kids go out now and join the road race I can tell you I have lost sleep when I know they are going up to North Jersey or even to the beach. Why? Because the simple fact is I may have taught my kids to be considerate and safe drivers on the road but I know they cannot control the other drivers out there. I know there will always be guys who know this cop or that one who will look the other way when they drink and drive. It is a fact of life.
I recently drove up the parkway to Toms River for Lacey, and there was an ambulance with lights on and sirens going. I was sickened beyond belief when I saw another driver in front of the ambulance who WOULD NOT GET OUT OF THE WAY.  True story every other car moved over some sooner than others. This guy with a big SUV refused to move into the next lane for over 20 miles and was still refusing to allow the ambulance to pass him when I got off.
I know you might be saying well maybe it was the family, but no as this car was about 5 cars ahead of me and the ambulance came onto the parkway while we were all driving. I would have to say no. This general sense of rudeness towards others on the road isn’t just selfish its dangerous. So stop it! Stop cutting people off so you can slow down below the speed limit and piss them off. Stop talking on your cell phones when you're driving. Especially you parents.YOU'RE THE EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KIDS. If its alright for mommy or daddy to do it it must be alright for little Johnny to do too. Right? 
The roadways are for everyone, this isn't Mad Max or The Fast and Furious. So ease up if you want to drive like a schmuck go to the track. Or go 4 wheeling where you don't put others at risk. I personally want my kids to come home safe and sound, and I am sure you do to. Put the cell phone away, pay attention and drive like you mean it. If you want to drink and drive get a bicycle, because the only one you will hurt then is yourself, and frankly if you're that stupid you deserve it. Driving is still a privilege that is what we tell our kids, to be responsible drive safe. Perhaps its time we follow our own advice when we get behind the wheel.  

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