Please... Step On It!

scared man driver in car. Inexperienced anxious motorist

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It was a busy weekend on the roads around here, with beautiful weather and a million events going on. 

And it gave me ample opportunity to observe a major problem with way too many local drivers that appears to be getting worse.

No, not speeding. 

Not tailgaiting. 

Not weaving in and out of traffic.

It’s people who have paid thousands of dollars for a motor vehicle, gassed it up and hit the road, but now cannot seem to bring themselves to step on the accelerator.

I’m not one of those impatient types who starts honking when someone obeys the speed limit. But I’ve had it up to here with people who just…won’t…go, when there is absolutely no reason not to.

I’ve complained before about slow-turners, those odd folks for whom a green light and a wide-open road are not enough enticement to make the turn they’re signaling. 

But this weekend I ran into multiple examples of people who had essentially slowed to a stop in the middle of the road with no apparent cause beyond their profound personal dysfunction.

Chances are some of them are on their phones, surely conducting important business. 

Others may be confused about where they are, and clearly hadn’t given their destination any thought before they revved up the wagon.

But I’m willing to bet that scientific research would reveal a growing number of motorists who are just lost in a fog of idiocy and unconcern about others. 

And for them, I have a plea – if you can’t manage to step on it, please get out of the way of the rest of us.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday mornings at :55 minutes past the hour. Listen to his previous podcasts on iHeartRadio.

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