A Saturday at the Court-Community Corrections Program Driver Improvement course.
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One guy — there’s one in every class — raised his hand (again) to ask what one should do when caught behind a tractor doing 5-7 MPH on a country road with a 55 MPH limit where there is a double line and so no legal passing zone. Even if it’s clearly clear for the next two miles — no opposing traffic coming — the cops said: Be patient. Do not pass.
Right. As if he would sit in his squad car doing 5-7 MPH in such a situation. For the next 5-7 miles, until the tractor gets where it’s going.
Similarly with regard to passing cyclists. The law says you must give the cyclist two feet of space as you pass. But of course, this is not possible sometimes without also treading the dreaded double yellow. The common sense thing to do, assuming the opposing lane is free of traffic, is to give the cyclist the space and briefly — for as long as it takes to execute the pass — allow your left side wheels to come into contact with the sacred double yellow. It’s safe — and it’s considerate. You pass the cyclist without getting dangerously close to him. And there’s no conga line of frustrated, getting angry drivers stuck behind the cyclist. Except of course, this is all against the law. Better to be a good Clover and obey. Even if it’s an affront to common sense.
And so it went — for hours.
Finally, four o’clock arrived and with it, the Final Exam. A “knowledge” test of all the foregoing points — or rather, an exercise in Repeat After Me:
Speed kills. All Laws are Good Laws. Cops are there for your safety.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?