July 21, 2003
Never say your town has the worst drivers...
CNN.com - Police: Driver causes pileup to keep sofa dry - Jul. 21, 2003
This woman in Atlanta pulled across several lanes to keep her sofa dry, causing a 24 car pileup. The sad part is, I'm not surprised it happened; after the time the plane landed on one of the highways, little about Atlanta traffic shocks me. Atlanta by far has the worst drivers I've ever seen.
Posted by Ted Stevko at July 21, 2003 10:25 AM
Good God! You know what? How can someone argue with that? I have never been to Atlanta, so I'm gonna take your word and CNN's word for it!
Anyways, Ted, if you make it out west, beware of the
drivers in southern California, especially in Los Angeles. Southern Californians are the worst drivers in the western United States. Actually, I think the only reason someone here hasn't cut off traffic to keep their sofa dry is that it hardly rains.
I am a native Georgian, and I do have to agree with Stevko that we have the worst drivers. Very few people use their turn signals, and it is an everyday occurrence that somebody is going under the speed limit in the left lane, thus congesting the road. In fact, the drivers here go extremely slow. There is a stretch of Bells Ferry Road in Marietta where, even though the speed limit is posted at 45 mph, 99% of the drivers go about 38 mph, regardless of the fact that it is only a two lane road where passing is not allowed.
When our marathon traffic lights turn green (and have a pile-up a mile long) none of the drivers pay attention, so ten seconds after red has become green, nobody has even touched his/her gas pedal! Driving in metro Atlanta is a heart-attack waiting to happen, because you cannot go anywhere without getting stuck in traffic or at a four-minute-long traffic light. What confuses me is that none of the other drivers around me seem to get frustrated, because they are too busy chatting on their cellphones or dancing to their rap music which is set on maximum volume.
Atlanta seems to have improved some: a few years ago, it was dead worst in commute times, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0305/31commute.html) just announced Georgia's average commute time is only 7th worst, and Atlanta came in 27th out of 68 cities!
We still need to institute mandatory brain transplants for all Georgia drivers, especially during snow.