banter | SUBURBANOLOGY
stoplights. ;is is my favorite posted
suggestion: As soon as the driver behind
you honks, hit your hazard flashers, pop
the hood and act as if you are checking
your oil. Don’t get back in your car until
the light turns red again. I would, of
course, never do that. I’d be afraid someone would run me over.
I know that some drivers are growing
more aggressive, impatient and selfish.
I’ve watched it happen just blocks from
my home. I’ve lived on Wilson Lane in
Bethesda for 18 years. For most of that
time, the intersection of Wilson Lane
and Bradley Boulevard was my perfect
escape route to avoid driving through
the tra;c of downtown Bethesda.
Most drivers I encountered there didn’t
just follow the rules of the road. ;ey did
what we ask schoolchildren to do: ;ey
waited their turn. If someone heading in
either direction on Bradley was trying to
turn left onto Wilson, drivers behind sat
and waited. ;ey stayed in their lane until
they reached the intersection and could
safely assess approaching tra;c from
all directions before they either crossed
Wilson or turned onto it.
;at’s changed in recent years. I’ve seen
many near misses as drivers abandoned
their lane and rode the right shoulder—sometimes for blocks—to avoid
waiting for somebody up ahead to turn
left. Months ago I saw a teenage jogger
wearing a fluorescent safety jacket almost
struck by a driver who, fed up with waiting
his turn, decided it was a good idea to race
along the shoulder where she was jogging.
It’s only going to get more dangerous at that intersection, and others like
it. ;e state legislature recently made it
legal in some circumstances for drivers
to leave their lane and ride a paved right
shoulder to pass a driver turning left.
Middays and weekends, the driving
in my neighborhood still looks a lot like
it did when I moved here: pretty civil.
Drivers stop and wave me on when I
walk across Wilson. When I drive and
try to change lanes, most people slow to
let me in. When I wave to thank them,
most wave back.
It’s the weekday rush hours that now
feel like the Wild West after the bad guys
shot the town marshal. Rush hours aren’t
just for getting to and from work anymore. ;ere has for a long time been an
extended afternoon rush hour as parents
or nannies drive kids to and from far-flung after-school activities.
As county tra;c increases and main
arteries clog, drivers increasingly use
smartphone apps like Waze to find
alternate routes. ;at often puts them
on roads, like Bradley Boulevard, that
run through many neighborhoods,
Bethesda police Capt. Paul Liquorie
recently told me.
;e instant he said that, some of the
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