Double Yellow Prison
is painted over with double yellow bars a sort of rolling-ribbon
prison, from which escape is not possible. Or at least, very difficult.
Legal passing zones always rare are becoming almost
nonexistent. Painted over for no readily discernible reason.
there is a reason:
based on the idea that because some people are too inept
to execute a quick, safe pass when the opportunity arises, no
one shall pass. It does not matter that some drivers have the
judgment and skill needed to perform a safe, efficient pass. They
get ticketed just the same and irrespective of the competence
of their maneuvering. The ticketing cop may even admit
in court that the driver he ticketed wasnt
proceeding recklessly; even that his pass was safe. Such considerations
are irrelevant in a modern American traffic court. Legally speaking,
the only relevant issue is: Did the person violate the
of proof of any harm done, any victim (that ancient precept of common
law and long before that, of natural law) is both irrelevant
and no defense. Guilty. Fine plus costs.
traffic almost everywhere even in rural areas. Not so much
because there are more vehicles using the road, but because it is
no longer possible (legally) to pass slow-movers except in a handful
of designated areas very few and far between.
All it takes
is one slow-mover to create a Clover Conga. When there are
more cars around, there are more slow-movers around.
up resulting in a perpetual inescapable Clover Conga.
(For those not hip to the usage of Clover in this context,
please see here.
To observe Clover in situ, see here.)
of legal passing zones and the gimped-up legal doctrines
that apply in the few remaining, such as you must never exceed the
posted speeeeeeeeeed limit when passing (which makes it all-but-impossible
to pass safely) have rendered the United States one giant Clover
In more sensible
lands, the driver is given leave to use his judgment as to when
it is safe to pass as opposed to being conditioned to obey
a pigmented strip on the road as though it were a deity of some
kind. Underpinning this is a premise thats the opposite of
that which governs here: The driver is assumed to be competent.
More, he is expected to be competent. The competent are not
throttled down to the level of the not-competent, as they are here.
riddled with Cloverism in so many ways, is actually pretty sensible
when it comes to driving and so, also when it comes to passing
zones. Virtually everywhere is a passing zone. There, the
double yellow is as uncommon as the broken yellow is here.
the primary reason for that is the much higher quality of the typical
European driver. Unlike here, where the quality of the typical
driver is incredibly low. And it is low chiefly because it
is under-developed. Or rather, because our system contrives in every
way imaginable to make sure it is never developed. Teens, for example,
are instructed to never exercise their own best judgment
but rather, to always obey the law. Because the law is always right!
It is infallible. It is perfect.
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