Random Nonsense – Don’t Block Intersection

Being in traffic is sometimes one of the most stressful things I’ve ever experienced. I can’t say as I really know specifically what causes me to feel this way. I mean, I consider myself a safe driver – I don’t typically speed; I signal when I’m changing lanes; I warn someone if I’m going to pull out my cricket bat and pummel them for pissing me off.

So it’s not me that sucks. It’s everyone else.

Take, for instance, the concept of the intersection. Now, maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty sure the rules state that a green light means “go if the way is clear”, or “go if you can cross the entire intersection”. They do not state “go until you can’t go anymore, even if that means you end up in the middle of the intersection and block other people who have the right of way because now they have the green light.”

First of all, knowing how bureaucratic most law makers are, I’d be surprised if they created such a long-winded rule. Then again, maybe I’m completely wrong on that point. Okay, I’m completely wrong on that point. Especially if I’m the one making the laws.

But, I mean, come on! Is it really that difficult to wait your turn? Does it really seem like it makes sense to get stuck in the middle of an intersection and block other people from going through when its their turn to? How would you feel if you had the green light and couldn’t proceed because a car coming from another direction had decided it could go right ahead and block you? Would you kindly warn them that you will hit them with a cricket bat if they don’t move?

No, I forgot. In that scenario, you have the green light. So you’d proceed until you t-boned them.

I really feel like cops need to take this more seriously and ticket people who violate this rule. It’s one of the main reasons we get ourselves into traffic jams.

And for crying out loud, you-people-behind-me, if I don’t want to proceed through the intersection on a green light because I can’t conceivably get all the way across, keep your hands off your horns, or I will get out and throttle you. I mean, I’ll totally warn you and everything, but it’ll happen.

Ender Bowen is a writer, producer and actor, originally from Northern New York, who now lives with wife Emily Steele in Nashville, TN. Bowen is additionally a singer/songwriter, a member of comedy troupe Common Sense for Dummys, and co-host of podcast Topical Vacation.

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