ROAD RANTS

Road Rants: Last call for tunes that drive you, special plates and motorcyclists with a death wish

2013-09-07T00:00:00Z Road Rants: Last call for tunes that drive you, special plates and motorcyclists with a death wishBy Ben Brickman AUTO OUTRAGE CONTRIBUTOR nwitimes.com
September 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

On my way home last night the first three notes of “Head Games,” by Foreigner jarred me. The music also reminded me that it is last call for nominations for the tune that drives you. Please email me your favorite and we'll count down the top ten next week. If you would like one of our Road Rant bumper stickers you can e-mail me your name and address and I'll send you one.

Rant #1: Lynn wrote in and asked, “Can someone tell me what are the qualifications to get a "Fraternal Order of Police" license plate in Indiana? Does having an FOP plate give the driver the right to ignore speed limits and rules of the road? Shouldn't that driver also be subject to traffic laws just like everyone else? Or does that person think that he or she is above the law?” Hey Lynn, is this driver tooling around in a wannabe-recycled cop car? Does he have a buzz cut and wear cop shades too? We all know people who think the FOP license plates gives a person an advantage and might deter some tickets. However no one in law enforcement would say so. Safe to say that if a driver does something dumb in front of John Law, that plate won’t help much.

Rant# 2: Jason from Crown Point wrote in, “As much as I love to watch slalom skiing during the Olympics, slalom driving while on Merrillville road north of 101st Ave. in Crown Point is ridiculous. Every other stop sign switches the turn lane. Either figure out how to mark the lanes or make it a straight shot. I sure hope the police don’t set up any sobriety tests along there.” Now Jason, you just pointed out another great revenue stream. This one will go perfectly with the “No Turn on Red Signs” at Broadway.

Rant #3: Another thought from Crown Point: “In regards to motorcyclists, I have seen several signs while on [Interstate] 80/94 alerting drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists and I think that is great, because on more than one occasion I have seen a motorcyclist whipping in and out of traffic, driving on the side of the road and doing pretty much what ever the he** they feel like. So, yes, we should be aware of them, because they are obviously trying to kill themselves and we don’t want to be a part of that.” You’re right, and because I am a motorcyclist that likes living, I know there are plenty of places to ride and be safe. If racing is your thing, why not join some of the other sane people who take a class or two and race their bikes at Gingerman and other tracks around the area. This is the smart way to enjoy your motorcycle and satisfy the need for speed. To race and weave on one of the busiest freeways in the country is insane.

It’s Audience Participation Time...Have a Dimwit Driver alert? Is there an intersection that gets you angry? What tune drives you? Send it to: RoadRants@nwi.com. You can also call the RANT LINE at 219-933-1010. Leave your message. Include all the details. We will work it into the paper. We are also on Facebook, NWI Road Rants. Until next time, be safe. No one else is.

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