Here are a few driving pet peeves.
1. If you are driving somewhere and someone is following you and they aren’t aware of the area, it’s best to not run red lights and always use your blinker when making any sort of turn. For serious.
2. You CAN turn right on red unless otherwise stated in Pennsylvania.
3. If you’re too lazy to park your car in a spot because “My friend is just jumping out” or “We’re just picking someone up” and it causes you to double park, expect to get beeped at for an extended period of time.
4. Your flashers do not make your car instantly immune to all laws, including municipal and physics.
5. If you cut someone off and you know you were at fault, give them the “Oh MAN! I’m so sorry. My bad!” sign. It’s just better for the universe then immediately giving the person you cut off the finger, thus perpetuating negativity ad nauseum.
Double parking because of laziness has become a real problem in Easton, some people said Wednesday.
“Often regularly. It’s just a habit around here now,” said the owner of a business on Northampton Street.
Drivers pass an open space and double park instead. Call it double parking for couch potatoes.
“I think it’s people who just don’t want to feed the meters,” said Fran Pinter, who also owns a business on Northampton Street.
Lazy double parkers, as Pinter called them, often park in front of his driveway, blocking his off-street parking lot.
“Fact we are bringing this issue up means there is an issue and it needs to be solved,” said Councilman Jeff Warren, D-Easton, who called it a public safety concern.
Warren is planning to propose an ordinance upping the ticket price for those too lazy to find a space.
Boom! Watching someone get that ticket would be akin to watching that guy who sped by you on the highway at 120 mph get pulled over two miles down the road.
“As Easton continues to develop we’re seeing more foot traffic, more vehicles coming to town, and double parkers need to know there’s going to be consequences for their actions,” Warren said.
The lazy parking procedure isn’t unique to Easton. Allentown said it has similar problems. The city recently passed an ordinance to tack on an extra $100 to its double parking fine for lazy parkers.
“Yeah, I’m waiting for that guy to pull out,” said one driver when he was told that he was double parked.
It’s still too early to tell if that excuse will allow people to pass up a ticket.
In the past six months, Easton has doled out only seven double parking fines, compared to more than 380 for Allentown.
Easton Mayor Sal Panto said double parking is a problem all over the city, not just downtown. SOURCE: WFMZ.com
I’m with them on this one. Double parking is usually just all about being too lazy to park a block away and then walk to the store you need to go to “real quick” or just not wanting to go through the “hassle” of parallel parking if you’re “only going to be here a second.”
I either read this or heard it somewhere, but it rings true, “The greatest fear Americans have is inconvenience.”
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