Reader Mail: Aggressive Driving
One of today’s reader mail segments is about crazy and impatient drivers in Hoboken and the surrounding areas.
I like to drive too, but sometimes I have to convince myself to have a little more patience when dealing with the congestion, moronic vehicle operators, and people that are a bit slower than me. Better safe than sorry, I say.
Here’s what one 411 reader has to say about a recent incident:
I just wanted to comment on what happened to me this morning with an aggressive driver and the problems I had with the whole episode maybe to shed some light on a few things. I’ll spare you the car details or license plate to avoid any legality issues.
So I was driving down Willow Ave on my way to work today about 7:40 am, and a guy in his car is behind me. Nothing out of the ordinary, but he begins to tail me and honk at me at just about every intersection. Now, I am not a perfect driver, but in Hoboken, I drive 20 mph. Today was no different, I was doing 20 mph due to the ILLEGALLY parked cars at the corners of every intersection making it difficult to see cross traffic and pedestrians. I wasn’t going to go any faster than 20 mph. A few times, I gave the guy the middle finger through my rearview mirror basically to deter him from being aggressive. This has worked in the past many times. Well, when I get to Newark and WIllow (the light is red), the guy tries to pass me, but can’t due to a parked car on Willow, so instead he stops his car behind mine, gets out, and then BANGS on my window. Luckily for me, he went back to his car immediately. I open my window, yell a few choice words, and everything moves along. Well, we both get onto Observer, and now I get a chance to get his license plate, which I do.
I promptly call 911 as he has committed assault. It takes 3 rings for Hoboken 911 to pick up, the lady on the phone is really nice, I give her all the info she needs, and then she has to transfer me to Jersey City 911 since we both have now turned down Marin Boulevard. After the handoff to Jersey City 911, who doesn’t talk very loud so its impossible to hear her, I repeat all the information again, and repeat it again since she can’t hear. We turn down 14th street, and I tell the operator this, and she promptly says “Good bye”. I’m assuming she hung up on me, and didn’t bother to wait 10 seconds for me to find out if he’s taking the Skyway or the Turnpike. He went Turnpike… I went Skyway…
So I have to raise these questions:
- I thought 911 operators are supposed to stay on the line until I hang up?
- I moved to NJ two years ago from MD, and I have to call in aggressive drivers every month. I’m not a perfect driver, but I give people respect on the road and I expect it in return. I never had to call in drivers while in MD (and yes I know drivers around here are more aggressive, but there’s drivers fast and stupid, and driving aggressively). It seems to be getting worse and worse. We need police enforcement. And yes, I call in aggressive drivers. I let you do something stupid once…twice I’m thinking about, and thrice, I’m calling you in
- The illegally parked car was the problem today. If they weren’t parked illegally, I could have pulled to the corner of the intersection to let the idiot pass and be rid of him.
- Don’t people realize that respect on the road goes a lot farther at getting you to where you need to go faster? Accidents happen because there is a large difference in speed between cars. If you all just slowed down 5 mph, you’d actually get to where you need to faster, safer, and using less gas.
Sorry, just had to rant….”