Thursday, October 22, 2009

Not So Bright...

During our torrential downpours of the past week, I made a few stops for people driving with their high-beam headlights on, blinding me and any other drivers who happened to be in their path.

One driver in particular told me he had his high-beams on because his windshield was fogged up and he couldn't see. I asked if it helped. He said "Not really".

I figured as much.

The most common excuse I get for people not dimming their high-beams for oncoming traffic is "I had them on because one of my low beams is out." Really? So instead of fixing the burned out headlight, or dealing with half the light output, you think it's better to blind everyone else with your high-beam headlights?

Another example of people who think of nobody but themselves...

7 comments:

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Amazing, someone getting pulled over for high beams. Hope this is a trend that catches on in my area.

The Dispatcher and Her Officer said...

I wonder if these people are the same ones calling in yelling at us that we need to put officers out at all the intersections to direct traffic when the storm is going good..

ummmmm... We don't do that!!
-Dispatcher

fuzzys dad said...

idiots

the observer said...

Driver's Ed Fail: low beams are best in crappy conditions. Less light to reflect back at the driver off water droplets and water vapor, therefore better visability. This goes for snow too.

Rude, too, to run the high beams with traffic coming but that goes without saying. ;)

C. Strong said...

I live on a pretty busy street with lotsa cars zooming by at about 20 to 30 above the limit, So when it was raining I stood out on my porch and waited for an accident.

Didn't see one, instead I noticed that the storm drains were clogged, so I got drenched while unclogging them.

Front Porch Society said...

We live in a very self-centered world. And it is becoming more and more prevalent wherever you go. Very saddening.

Roy in Calif said...

When I was first driving in the '60s, the local CHP had four favorite "felonies" they ruthlessly enforced: 1) high beams toward oncoming traffic; 2) remaining in the #1 lane when you aren't passing another vehicle; 3) making a lane change w/o signaling; and 4) vehicles with trailers limited to 55 MPH.

It appears that, generally, enforcement of all four seem to have fallen by the wayside.