Mommy in a rush – Fairless Hills, PA exit off US Rte 1

Young mom with youngster in child seat in back, cell phone on right leg texting, had to pass me across double yellow line/no passing zone so she could get to the light before me. If a truck did it everyone would be complaining about the wreckless truck driver. As much as I hate to say it, I think southeastern PA where I grew up has some of the very worst drivers in the country. Since only state police have radar in PA there is almost no chance of getting a speeding ticket, it is very rare. This has led to total anarchy on the highways here, 15-20 over the limit is the normal speed, no one stops for stop signs, some barely slow down for red lights. Another good reason to have as many cameras on the truck as possible to C.Y.A. in court.

Ignorant Truck Driver – Mass Pike I-95 exit

Electronic toll booths have advantages, but in many states vehicles speed through the tollbooth as fast as they can, resulting in crashes and near crashes. Here you can see I had to pay my cash toll in the middle of the available lanes. As I was getting up to speed and as about eight lanes rapidly narrow down to two lanes, this truck comes past me on the right after going through the EZPass lane probably 30mph. Coming across at an angle I was unable to see him in my mirrors. He obviously was going to get in front of me, no matter what. From my point of view he suddenly appears and I came to a sudden nearly complete stop. The video does not really show the perspective of how close I came to plowing into the side of his trailer, and having video in the truck like this would be my best defense to explain what happened if we did collide. Basic traffic law in all states – the vehicle passing shall yield the right of way to the vehicle being passed – as if anyone pays attention to that one obviously!

Nuclear Sunset

Grabbed a quick shot of the sun setting behind the plume coming off the cooling towers of Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania a couple of weeks ago. The colors have not been altered, this was how the sky was lit up. Notice the shadow of the cloud cast upwards from the sun on the horizon, due to all the dust in the air, which was the reason for the vivid colors. Seems a more fitting scene for a tropical paradise rather than rural farmland.

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Death Wish 2 – Harford PA

Today’s adventure at the end of my day – stop at the end of the exit ramp and wait for a parade of trucks to go by. As I turn a car comes flying out of the truck stop on the right, coming across in front of me, and I have to stop or hit him. Then in another display of ignorance a truck continues to pull out and cross completely into my lane coming out of the other truck stop. Amazing that so many truck drivers still can’t stay in the proper lane no matter how much room they have to maneuver. Also the matter of right-of-way that both the car and truck didn’t yield to the fact that I was on the roadway and moving, while they were entering the road from private entrances. Just another day in trucker’s paradise.