Yesterday I rode my motorcycle home for lunch after some training at White Rock. Headed East on Diamond Drive, I saw in my rear view mirrors a County garbage truck gaining on me from some distance back. Finally, with the truck just about filling my mirrors, I hit the gas in a lower gear, sped up, and then looked back as if to say "what are you doing"?
The County driver slowed precipitously and kept about a hundred yards back the rest of the way to the roundabout. I wonder if he realized he nearly hit me.
Today, again heading home for lunch on the motorcycle (we have had a complicated life lately requiring us to take turns going home for lunch, so I'm often motorized), I saw an older motorist weaving back and forth between the bike lane and travel lane in an older brown American car, headed northbound on Diamond near the First Baptist Church. Not just slightly in the bike lane, but driving for long periods ENTIRELY in it and seeming to be daydreaming. I saw a bicyclist up ahead and maneuvered forward to warn him to watch for this guy. Seeing me riding my MC in the bike lane and pointing at him, the older gentleman suddenly found the wherewithal to keep his vehicle under control and drove straight as an arrow all the way to the roundabout, where he headed onto Barranca Mesa.
Is distracted driving on the rise here? I hope that when our LAPD sees such bad driving, they are citing under Sec. 38-297. - Careless driving
As much as I would hate to be a statistic, I would really hate to have to read about the next one. Most of these are preventable if the public paid attention.
To which Jerry adds this:
Is distracted driving on the rise?
Just last Friday afternoon I was standing by the side of the street by my house when a car with 4 kids in it drove by with the driver’s window open. The driver had his phone in the center of the steering wheel and was texting with his thumbs. Didn’t see him look up at all to see where he was going.
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