Posts Tagged ‘safe driving’
Unsafe driving also applies to boating. When people speed using a boat that displaces lots of water the boat creates large waves. These waves are called wake. Wake travels like a miniature tsunami well away from the vessel smashing against the shore creating erosion problems, colliding with moored vessels, tossing recreational boaters about, and swamping kayaks and canoes.
This video is by YouTube videoist “Jaysic” shows the damaging wake of an inconsiderate speed boat operator. At our StoptheMUD YouTube channel we have added Jaysic’s videos to our favorites list and our boating safety playlist.
Do you boat on St. Leonard Creek? Are you a patron of Vera’s? Watch the videos. Get an idea what unsafe operation on the creek means to the residents who live along the shore.
Stay informed. We refer you to excellent articles we select from the best local sources regarding driving in our state.
Clicking through to the full articles is a must if we are all to understand the impact of unsafe driving to our state’s economy and to us.
Awareness of the dangers we create ourselves may help us all make driving safer.
Be aware. Know the truth. Become an example setter.
A proposal before the General Assembly would increase taxes on alcohol by a dime a drink, thereby raising about $216 million in new revenue.
(There is some seriously fallacious logic in this whole sin-tax approach. First, Maryland is in this pinch because Mr. O’Malley and his tax-and-spend Democrats wouldn’t tighten the purse strings. It wasn’t until recently you actually heard them wince a little. Predictably a progressive will then search for new ways to tax in order increase spending. When roads were a priority Maryland went from perfectly adequate schools to building palatial schools. Maryland created a millionaire’s tax that fell flat because the millionaire’s left the state taking jobs with them.
A more inexpensive approach to traffic safety would be to encourage Marylanders, like the Delegate behind license tag 82C, to drive safely. Look up 82C on Zapatag.com. We would save far more cash every year because residents wouldn’t be crashing into one another.
Annapolis ought to be thinking about ways to stop increasing the financial burden on its residents and taxpayers rather than finding new ways to take our money. I don’t care what the tax is on.
I say we keep the weasels out of our wallets and start FOCUSING on the primary causes of collisions in this state – people.
This liquor tax idea is as dumb as reducing the brightness of highway lighting. Make unsafe driving easier and less bumpy on repaired roads or make any kind of driving really unsafe on highways where the lights have been dimmed. Lawmakers are looking for a way to obfuscate and make less painful the obvious cuts that MUST occur now due to bad financial stewardship by those in power. Sin taxes stir up the masses and distract them from what is really going on in Annapolis.
Every Marylander has it in their own power to help reduce state spending on emergency services, and who knows what else just by driving safely. You stop and think what a contribution that would be to the bottom line.
Tax and spend or crash and spend. It could be your choice.)
As a driver blew through the intersection, I pointed up at the sign for pedestrian crossing, to direct his attention to it. He actually did a U-turn and came back to yell at me.
(An excellent citizen’s opinion of the Maryland driver. Check it out at the Baltimore Sun. The Sun is an excellent source for safe and unsafe driving news.)
When you notice good or bad behavior on the road you have a few on-line options. Please don’t hesitate to report a bad-driver-in-progress to your local law enforcement or Maryland State Police but if that doesn’t seem appropriate there are websites you can take advantage of.
The site we highlight is Zap-a-Tag. Use of the site is free whatever the function. Readers can see a historical list of reported license tags, use a cellular phone or a computer to submit an entry, and even subscribe to your state of interest with a reader like Google Reader. You can also add friends or group persons in your state together so you can see report activity of interest to you. There are several persons in Maryland regularly using the site. That is encouraging. The site also offers a Google map showing the latest reports in your state. That is a neat feature.
This site offers a unique service for a fee. We have not tried the service so we cannot say one way or the other whether or not others have been successful using the site. It looked to me like the site was showing the same last-five-reported license plates in Maryland for a number of weeks. This might mean that interest is low from our state or that not enough folks know about the service.
This site will send a letter (for a fee/donation) to your local law enforcement agency regarding law breakers in your area. The site also says that insurance companies receive regular reports to check against their records.
You can elect, for a fee/donation to be notified if your family’s license plates show up in their system. Businesses and families might like that option. You can also search their system for a specific plate but you cannot see all of the plates reported over time.
Our concept of using sites like this has a number of elements.
1. Reporting public safety license tags for personal and government owned vehicles.
2. Reporting commercial license tags.
3. Reporting organizational license tags and handicapped tags.
4. Reporting regular license tags.
5. Preferably the report types should be that an EXAMPLE SETTER was found and you are praising the behavior.
6. A poor EXAMPLE SETTER is seen making an egregious violation that contributes to the dangerous situation on our roads.
Using the sites is a way to channel the anger so many of us feel when we see unsafe driving behavior. Reporting great drivers that set an example makes it a positive experience. Reporting example setters may perhaps be far more important in the long run. You decide.
Please let us know what services you are using and what your successes have been.
Life might be a little different if more of us drove safely. Thinking about it seems to put all the bad behaviors in perspective. What might it be like if more Marylanders were safe drivers? Wat if more people cared about themselves, their families, the other folks on the road, pedestrians, property, and the animals? We can only imagine…
There would be six-hundred or so fewer dead people every year. This means happier holidays, another year with mom, dad, grandmother, or grandpa, or even the newborn or a teenager. The emergency rooms, ambulance crews, and police officers would be taking time to save lives, fight fires, or catch bad guys. Those six hundred would die a natural death at an older age with a complete life behind them. What a concept. The end result of the driving behavior we choose is entirely up to us. Everyone driving has a decision to make.
Insurance rates might even be less. Well we can only hope. The theory is that if the companies get to keep more of our money in profits they charge us less. Well I suppose I can fantasize. There might be more insurance agencies charging fewer outrageous penalties when collisions do occur. There might even be more companies willing to insure in Maryland. The more competition the lower rates. To a great degree we still have the power to affect this change.
Our courts, judges, and jails could deal with crime and criminals more effectively. Reducing or eliminating drunks and bad driving behaviors that cause serious accidents take a bunch of folks out of the criminal justice system.
There is an industry that has built itself behind unsafe driving. Lawyers chase ambulances (figuratively speaking) and the legal system is clogged with A suing B suing C suing A. The only people getting rich are the attorneys. That’s your money buying that lawyer’s boat. Granted he or she have college loans to pay but you could be the one encouraging those college students to seek other careers. We may have to wait and see. Do you think fewer unsafe drivers there would be a concomitant decrease in the number of lawyers required to litigate all of these sad events?
Imagine school bus stops. You know we now pay deary every year to a zillion school buses pick up the kids in their own driveways. They tell me it isn’t safe to do it any other way. What a concept having children walk to a school bus stop where the bus and the kids would be safe and out of danger. Maybe kids could even walk or ride a bike to school.
What else would be different if more Marylanders chose to drive safely? How would that change our lives and our communities? It’s a discussion you can have in school, with friends, or over the dinner table at home. Perhaps it is one we should have.
Vallario, a Prince George’s County Democrat and a defense attorney, has long been viewed as the chief
obstacle to passage of tough drunk-driving legislation in Maryland.
via Getting There: Vallario, other House chairs all expected to return – Baltimore, DC public transportation: News, delays and updates on MARC, Amtrak, BWI, light rail and highways and byways by reporter Michael Dresser – baltimoresun.com.
(The politics of Maryland Unsafe Driving. Vallario’s MUD.)
Drivers faced a long slog through the darkness as slippery roads made the ride home dangerous and delayed those those who depend on public transit.
Michael Bolden aka/Dr. Gridlock wrote about yesterday’s commute home after our say long snow. Read it at the Washington Post:
(I was in the mess driving from Solomons to Huntingtown. I witnessed a jerk tailgating a snow plow. Yes a snow plow. The plow was in the fast lane pushing dangerous snow off the road but the moron behind him has to aggressively show his impatience anyway. So what did the MUD do? He pulled his tiny car into the MIDDLE of highway 4 straddling the center line and stayed there. He cause a line of traffic in the slow lane to slow suddenly. As I did the sign of the cross, the plow turned left moving away from the MUD. The MUD drove on well above 50 miles and hour while the rest of us continued praying. The rest of the commute was not much better. Some of the worst driving I have seen – again. This included the “hero” in the big gray pick up truck less than a car length off my rear bumper on Plum Point Rd. I finally performed the PORK maneuver allowing him to speed off and hurt someone else besides me.
During the twenty-five mile trip home I never saw one police officer. Marylanders do not appear to be afraid of the consequences of unsafe driving. Sadly, most of us should get MUD in our stockings this year or Santa should just fly by and ignore Maryland.)
Police said that John Barr, 82, of Essex, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon south on Stemmers Run Road when a 2000 Nissan truck driven by Elmer Williams, 51, ran a red light at the intersection with Eastern Boulevard, striking the station wagon at about 2:30 p.m.
(Red-light runners kill people. Red-light and stop-sign running are part of the state-wide pandemic of reckless driving in Maryland. Almost everyone does it. It appears that if you continue to do it you run a great risk of either killing another or being killed yourself.
This holiday season give yourself the gift of safe driving. Your life may depend upon it. Be an example setter to Marylanders.)
For the past two years StopBigBrotherMD.org has been documenting the expansion of speed cameras in Maryland. Last year a bill sponsored championed by Governor O’Malley authorized the use of speed cameras in school zones and freeway work zones anywhere in the state. We argued that this new power would be abused, that it would diminish the legal rights of drivers, subject drivers to mass surveillance, and that it would be viewed as a cash cow by local governments and a way of taxing out of town drivers.
Read the ENTIRE article at StopBigBrotherMD.org:
(StoptheMUD.org (no affiliation) has mixed feelings. On the one hand, unsafe driving in Maryland is pandemic. Aggressive behavior is common. Few people stop at red lights and stop signs especially for right turns. Traffic deaths remain in the 500-600 range every year. Then on the other you have politicians that look more to traffic cams as revenue generators after having skipped education and traffic enforcement. Red light cams make enforcement less personal and that’s good for the politician because then the politician does not have to support the police and really tick off constituents.
There are way too many bad drivers but StoptheMUD believes the problem is best fixed by our citizens deciding to obey the law. There would be NO REASON for traffic cams if most of us drove safely and not the other way round. Our energy should be directed at changing behaviors that are killing people. )