BOSTON (CBS) – Maybe some of you regulars have noticed – it’s been awhile since I’ve taken up one of my all-time pet peeves, the driving skills of our fellow Bostonians.
Or rather, the lack of them.
Usually that topic presents itself during the bad-weather months – the chronic inability of too many of us to learn how to drive in snow or rain, or even to remember the lessons we learned from last year.
But I have never seen a better stretch of driving weather than we’ve had the last couple of months, dry roads, clear skies, plenty of daylight. And yet the local driving I’ve been seeing this summer has been absolutely horrible.
This is not exactly something new, but despite the boom in hands-free Bluetooth devices that come standard in most new cars, I am seeing more people than ever with one hand on the wheel and the other on their phone.
These are the offenders most likely to be ignoring stop signs and red lights, straddling the middle line, weaving all over the road. How many stories of fatal accidents caused by carelessness like yours do you have to see before you wise up?
The perfect driving conditions also seem to breed more speeding than normal.
But there also seems to be more cars and trucks on the road this summer than ever before. The result – there is less chance than ever that speeding is going to get you where you want to go any sooner.
But that doesn’t seem to deter anyone.
Maybe its time for someone to create a new app we can use to start reporting these clowns to the registry.
And maybe a few $200 tickets will succeed where common sense has apparently failed.
Listen to Jon’s commentary: