Sometimes it’s the oddest things that catch you off-guard about life in the country. One thing that I have had trouble getting used to since our move to Queensborough is the frequency with which drivers on the local highways will pass under what I consider dangerous (not to mention illegal) circumstances: when there is a double yellow line in the middle of the road.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: “Ah, she’s one of those slowpoke drivers, never goes over the speed limit – and she wonders why people are desperate to pass?”
People, nothing could be further from the truth. I am in fact a pretty speedy driver as a rule, and I’ve got some impressive speeding tickets in my (fortunately fairly distant) past to prove it. If anyone’s poking along in front of me, you can be sure I will pass if at all possible.
But I would never risk passing on a double yellow line, and I still can’t quite believe my eyes when people around here do it. Just this afternoon, driving north on Highway 62 from my work in Belleville, a driver passed me (and I was doing above the speed limit) on a double line as we were going up a hill and were, in fact, alarmingly close to the crest over which an oncoming vehicle could very easily have been coming. And this same driver then proceeded to pass some other vehicles on a double yellow line.What gives?
I have been driving for a lot of years, on many different kinds of roads, rural and urban, in several different countries. And never have I seen so much illegal passing as I have in the five months since I became a full-time Hastings County resident.
Can anyone enlighten me as to why this happens?