Over the years I’ve written more than a few blogs on slow drivers. From my experience, slow drivers are just as dangerous, if not more, than fast drivers. It’s nice to see that a local cop agrees wholeheartedly.
The other night, a driver was ticketed on Ring Road for “impeding the flow of traffic.” He was handed a $125 ticket for driving 76 km/h in the “fast lane.” That’s 24km/h below the speed limit!
There’s nothing worse than a slow driver on a single lane highway who’s got 6 or 7 vehicles lined behind him, bumper to bumper. Drivers start getting a little impatient and start trying to pass any vehicle they can, just to move up in the line. I’ve seen vehicles pull out and pass 2 or 3 other drivers at a time.
Drivers take chances they might not normally take when they get lined up behind a driver who’s driving 20 km/h below the speed limit. That scenario is an accident just waiting to happen.
I must admit, this is the first time I’ve actually heard of someone getting ticketed for driving too slowly. I wish it happened more often. I love the phrase “impeding the flow of traffic,” because that’s exactly what the driver is doing.
Every now and then on my way to work, I’ll get behind one particular driver who thinks it’s a great idea to drive 25 km/h. I know it’s the same driver because he has a personalized license plate. I get so frustrated when I get behind this guy and because it’s a residential zone that we’re traveling through, passing is not an option. I end up riding his bumper, hoping he’ll get the hint to speed up, but he never does.
So wherever you might be driving to today, remember to do at least the speed limit. You’re doing no one any favours by doing less than that.