Recently I read several “road rage” letters in the Mountain Xpress. I agree with “Road Rage Recipes” by Glen Resse in the March 30 issue.
I was a Buncombe County special deputy for 20 years. During that time, I attended several criminal justice classes. The first thing that is taught is the definition of the word “crime.” Crime means the violation of a law. There cannot be a crime without a law. If the posted maximum speed is 65 mph and you are driving 66 mph, you are a criminal. At his discretion, an officer may or may not choose to overlook minor violations.
If I am driving in the center lane (or any lane) at the posted speed limit and you pass me by any form or fashion, you become a criminal. If I vacate a lane when it is clear that you intend to commit a crime, then I also become an “accessory to the fact” and thereby a criminal. In other words, I watched you commit a crime and did nothing to stop you. I even assisted you by getting out of your way.
I drive slower than most people because I am 76 years old and would like to live awhile longer. I almost always drive in the right-hand lane. When I do choose to drive in the left lane, I drive at the posted speed limit (usually on cruise control).
I’ve paid a few speeding tickets — and I lost my license once. Driving 130 mph in a 1955 Studebaker President, I looked into the windshield of a loaded school bus. I left the road on the left side and somehow managed not to crash (this happened when I was much younger and very stupid).
Road rage! What is it worth to you? And what is all of the hurry about?
— Arnold Ferguson