Slow driving has been a pasttime for elderly and Asian vehicle operators everywhere. The nature of this behavior has not only been embraced by country folk, but it seems to have seeped into our main city streets. Powell, Burnside, Broadway, Sandy, MLK, Lombard, Hawthorne, Cornell, etc. are filled with these recreational drivers. Unfortunately for the people that use vehicles to get somewhere, these people clutter the road with their late model Toyota Camrys.
Personally, I walk or use mass transit in order to avoid this problem. But when I hop in my car, I’m looking to get where I’m going quickly. I don’t want to be stuck behind someone from Ridgefield searching for the best way to I5 off Broadway. I want to get to my Recesstime Sports event ASAP, and being stuck behind some idiot drives me insane!
“Right side=Slow” and “Left side=Fast” rules don’t apply to these retards of the road who refuse to maintain established speed laws. 40 MPH actually means you better drive AT LEAST 40 miles per hour. Don’t hog the lane because you see a pretty little park or a cop has pulled someone over for having a tail light out. In fact, just get off my road.
Is it because so many Portlanders are ex-somewhere-elselanders who don’t know the roads yet? Is it the people from Vancouver looking for tax-free goods? Are they on the phone ordering takeout from Orient Chinese restaurant and refilling hemorrhoid cream prescriptions at Walgreens? I’m guessing it’s a mix of these causes. Do you have a suggestion to end this madness? Leave a comment and I will try my hardest to implement that solution tomorrow.