Today I attended my first day of traffic school where I heard an interesting but alarming story. Most of the time you don’t learn anything at traffic school except how to look interested while paying no attention at all, but today was an exception.
There’s a law that says semis have to stay in the two right-most lanes on a four lane highway. If your highway should merge with another highway, they have a specified distance within which they have to change to the correct lane.
One Trucker who our teacher had before was there for this very ticket. That is, he didn’t get over within 200ft of the highways merging. He’d had his blinkers on the entire time, but there was a lot of traffic and nobody was willing to let him in. When told why he had been pulled over, the Trucker appealed to the officer’s common sense, “What am I supposed to do when they won’t let me in?”
The police officer responded, “Put your blinker on, count to three, then bring it.”
Appalled, the Truck Driver contested the ticket and asked the judge the same question, “What am I supposed to do when they won’t let me in?” The judge told him, “Put your blinker on, count to three, then bring it.”
Needless to say that I’m going to be more considerate to truck drivers, especially when you consider this particular ticket is in excess of $300. Besides that, I don’t know how fast your average truck driver counts to three.
Posted by Red Scott @ 11:48 pm