Traffic idiocy: How can one avoid it?
Pardon me while I vent here. Much of my work is taken up with coverage of traffic safety issue. So when I get out of here for a late lunch, all I want is a little peace.
But the first thing I see when I leave the Sun building is flashing red and blue lights at the corner of Calvert and Centre streets. As I approach the intersection I see a silver SUV overturned on Calvert Street and emergency responders working to extract the driver. (He was alive when loaded into the ambulance, fully strapped down to prevent spinal damage.)
Witnesses said the two-vehicle crash was a case of red-light running by one of the drivers. From the extent of the damage and the fact the SUV rolled, it seemed clear that somebody was going much faster than the speed limit.
Then, as the police worked the scene and I was trying to cross the street with the signal, some joker comes speeding down Centre Street at what must have been 50 mph or more, blows through the red light and nearly knocks me over. Can't a guy just get a little lunch?
Just this morning I had seen another driver run a red light on Baltimore Street.
Forget jousting or lacrosse. It seems clear the real Maryland state sport is Red Light Running.