"About 3 weeks or so ago, one of our engineers observed a driver on Pajarito road that appeared to be drunk. As he was leaving work at TA-55 heading east, he observed a Nissan Maxima in front of him wandering back and forth across the road. He followed the car down to White Rock. The car headed north on NM 4 and went down off the hill. Between TA-55 and the light in WR, this car ran two west bound cars off into the dirt (off past the wide paved shoulder) on Pajarito and hit both curbs several times heading north on NM4 in WR along the new section with center divider. Our engineer got a license number and called 911 and also LANL security and gave them the license. Hard to imagine a drunk LANL worker with a badge driving on Pajarito."
Drunk? Texting? Putting on mascara? Nothing surprises me.
Its not too hard to imagine people getting the willies about bicycling, even on six foot bike lanes or wide shoulders, when one sees and hears this stuff. Heck, even David Anderson was not safe when a careless driver autocrossed off the road and through a barrier to kill Anderson on a nearby bike path in Albuquerque.
Sadly, when I wrote to Chief Sgambellone last night reporting the incident with last night's wobbly driver, the Chief said such stories were not surprising to him or the force and that they see plenty of it. One wonders when an inept, careless, inattentive, reckless, or drunk driver will next intersect with a pedestrian or bicyclist.
If you see them, don't be shy. Call 9-1-1 and get these clowns off the road. It could be your own life you ultimately save.