Last week we published a submission that may have been misconstrued by some readers as a tacit endorsement to follow dangerous and erratic drivers in order to report their activities to the proper authorities. We wrote the column to bring light to the need for cities to coordinate emergency calls in a more professional way. I would never advocate that you pursue anyone, at any time, and for any reason. Simply make the report, if it is safe to do so.
We also would also never advocate that you gargle with battery acid, eat moldy food, base jump off the Willis Tower, play chicken with an oncoming train, lick the end of an extension cord that is plugged in, or do other things that have indicated contrary to common sense. This column is a place for you to sound off, laugh, and be entertained. We trust that you have the discretion to know what is entertainment and what is serious. Disclaimer over.
Rant # 1: Bill in Valpo called the rant line (219)-933-1010 to remind everyone that just because all the roundabouts in town go around to the left, it doesn’t make the roundabouts a NASCAR-sanctioned race track. Bill would like to see everyone slow the he** down. Perhaps we should put some more pace cars out there. You know, the ones with the pretty blue and red lights!
Rant #2: Kim called to say that she can’t understand why some eastbound I-80/94 drivers who travel in the fast lane can’t plan ahead and move to the slow lanes prior to exiting onto I-65 South. Kim claims that cars are traveling at autobahn speeds and then swerve at the last possible second across four lanes and cutting people off. She has witnessed them giving people the one-fingered salute just to exit and go south. Well Kim, maybe they were just showing you how high they can count!
Rant #3: Bob wrote in to express how the “No Turn on Red” sign on Broadway and U.S. Hwy 30 in Merrillville is causing some drivers to get angry. Some motorists do not see the sign, and then honk, and honk and honk and honk. Bob claims he has called and asked that the sign be moved to a more conspicuous place and was told that it could not be moved. Jessica, (from INDOT) can you help us out?
Rant #4: The other night Mrs. Rant and I were sitting at the intersection Bob referred to when an ambulance with lights and sirens blazing, came to the intersection and the east/westbound traffic lights did not change from green to red. I thought we were going to see a pile-up for sure. The east/west bound traffic was still streaming through at over 50 mph as the ambulance entered the intersection. The training of the ambulance driver paid off; he stopped the ambulance and crawled through safely. Aren’t these lights supposed to change when the emergency vehicles come through? What gives?
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