slow down people
Last night, little miss Em refused to brush her teeth… again. There was something slightly different to her usual tearful drama, though. As it turns out, she had an infected tooth and her distress was actually genuine. Yes, I know, we’re having a major dental epidemic in my family. I just had a root canal, the hubby had two (of course he couldn’t pass up the chance to one-up me, I’ll-see-your-one-tooth-and-raise-you kinda thing) and now Emily.
So we made an emergency visit to the dentist this morning. After which I
promptly attempted to promptly drop her off at school so she wouldn't miss much. Since I
have late mornings and daddy usually takes her to school, I had not been on the
freeways during rush hour for a while.
This morning I saw five separate car accidents… count them FIVE SEPARATE CAR ACCIDENTS… during my 18-mile roundtrip ride.
One of them happened while we were slowed to an almost standstill for an accident to be cleared. This idiot was texting/emailing/tweeting on his phone and just gingerly rear-ended the car in front of him.
IN A TRAFFIC JAM!
BEHIND AN ACCIDENT!!
Of course, this being Los Angeles, the crawling rate of freeway speed on the 405 and the 101 abruptly dropped. Cars were backed up from miles. Both ways. Making people more anxious and more, well, late.
I used to like driving.
I used to feel safe in my car.
I will never ever drive anything but a big fat SUV in which I can clearly see the road ahead of me, unobstructed. And anxious, hurried people get off my tail to see better too. Gas prices and the environment be damned!
So my Public Service Announcement for this week is:
Slow the fuck down people!
And STOP USING YOUR CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING!
That urgent tweet about how it sucks to be #stuckintraffic is REALLY NOT WORTH IT!
What about you? How are you doing on the roads lately?