Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Driving is a nessasary evil

Driving is a big responsibility, let's face it..

I remember being sixteen and taking driver's ed (a class I opted for and was offered instead of algebra, or literature, or something). I remember my teacher telling me to run at a brick wall at full speed with my arms out and see if I could stop myself (hmmm...good advice?) this would show me how powerful a force a crash could be. This did not in any way prepare me for my first real accident. I was driving with another 16 year old permitted driver and someone ran the red light and broadsided us, we in turn hit a telephone pole head on. I guess we were lucky, I came away with cuts from glass, incredibly sore and a bruise that ran from my neck down across my body to my lower hip...also a HUGE fear of ever getting into another accident.

As an adult passenger, I can never relax fully, I trust my husband completely, but he drives too fast for my liking, anyone else I am skeptical of.. always.
So, I pretty much have had a clean driving record, one ticket for turning at the wrong time of day, but I have to say- the sign was new and I had taken that same route to work daily and just didn't notice the change. In fact, the policeman who ticketed me was sitting at the same corner and watched me turn! That was my only ticket to date. That was about 14 years ago.

So what I'm really writing about; recently I have paid two separate tickets, one costing a total of $480 (driving into a carpool lane across the solid line) can we say misdemeanor? In my defense, my little sister was in town and she told me to do it, I argued and she said the coast was clear! (don't listen to other people when driving, it advises this in your defensive driving course) The second ticket was for turning right on a street where a pedestrian was still in the crosswalk, am I the only one who didn't know this was a crime? If I was a police officer in NY, or the beach areas, I would sit all day passing out this type of ticket, because this happens every two seconds in those places. At the same time I was given this ticket, I was also made aware that my license had expired!!! Double the fine!

So here I am, at forty, two tickets in a couple of months. I promptly signed up for, and took a defensive driving course (not too expensive, but time consuming and taking this course in the middle of an out of state move is NOT recommended) I have to say, over the years, I have become a bit less defensive with my driving. Nothing like taking this course to revive an old fear.

I just took my Texas driving test today (very easy) and you only need to pass with 70 percent!! This should scare any driver, as well as the fact that 3/4 of the people getting their licenses were 16/17 years old.

Good luck on the roads and try to be safe!
Holland Tunnel, NY

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