Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Charleston Drivers

I've always felt Charleston has the worst drivers. And don't even get me started on them when it's raining! This coming from someone who learned to drive in Los Angeles. LOL I think the worst drivers are the ones in my apartment complex in the mornings when the bus comes. It seems that's when people have lost their minds.

I'm one of...oh 5 parents...that actually goes to the bus stop with their kids. The other morning, this idiot comes to the 4 way stop just as the bus is coming to his left. The lights are already flashing, yet this idiot attempts to turn left and has to stop in the middle of the intersection because the bus' stop sign was out. YES in the MIDDLE of the intersection. I mean, come on. He had to know the bus was stopping when the lights were flashing.

So after the bus leaves, I'm waiting for one car to turn then I start crossing. I'm pushing Jackson in the stroller with Korinne holding onto the side. I hear, rather so much as see, this suburban nail the gas. A split second later, They slam on the brakes and I'm jerking the stroller back. My stomach drops and I screech "Jesus Christ!" The absentminded driver waves in apology. And as I'm just about running the rest of the way across the street, I'm thinking, "You'd better be sorry! Cause you'd be more than sorry had you hit my baby and Korinne. Well and me ofcourse.

It wasn't even her turn to go as she wasn't the first one at the stop sign. So had I not been walking across the street, she'd have t-boned the car that was going the same way I was walking.

Another driver that witnessed it rolled ehr window down and says to me, "Is she blind?" I said, "Apparently. To miss a grown woman with a child, pushing a stroller."

Before Justin entered the homework club, I witnessed several drivers almost hit kids that were crossing the street because they were in such a hurry. Is it ridiculous to expect drivers that HAVE to stop at a 4 way stop to actually stop? And to be more cautious when bus full of kids is at the bus stop? I guess I'm just that naive.


Ami said...

I live across the street from an elementary school. I see police officers and city workers run the stop signs in front of the school DURING MORNING AND AFTERNOON drop off times.
Do you suppose there's anyone who cares in local government?

jaz said...

Drivers are getting bad all over.

Count the number of cars that slip through a light after it turns red. Once, I counted SIX!

Plus, this is one of the few areas I've seen where drivers routinely refuse to pull over to the side to allow emergency vehicles such as ambulances to pass.

Sunnie (Kaytee) said...

Oh that drives me crazy too! The lights at Paul Cantrell and Tobias Gadson are BAD. The cars turning left from Orleans onto Paul Cantrell never pay attention to when the arrow goes off. They continuously keep going even when cars from Tobias Gadson are going straight to Orleans. I can't keep track of how many times I've seen someone almost hit someone else at that intersection.
Makes me hate driving!

MattMan said...

You know I have to say on this one that it's totally your own problem, I mean, who needs stop signs anyway? What have stop signs EVER done for any of us? Besides slowing us down I mean. I say, run 'em all and let God sort 'em out.