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 Has anybody else noticed the recent upswing in drivers being both bad and asses? My boss seems to think it's the economy. It's become a daily occurence now. The other day I was turning left in Westwood onto a two lane street at the same time as a guy going the opposite direction was turning right. He then wanted to turn left, and decided that he could just go into my lane despite the fact that I was there already. I honked, and he kept going. He started yelling at my friend (in my passenger's seat) that he was in a bad mood, I was in the wrong, and I should just let him by to make everyone happy. Seeing as how his car was bigger and he clearly was just going to run me over, I let him in.

Today, I was turning left onto northbound Westwood Blvd. from eastbound Santa Monica. There are two turn lanes, going into two lanes on Westwood. I was in the right lane, next to a car in the left lane. The light turned green, and we both turned. I stayed in my (right) lane, but the driver in the left lane started going over into my lane. AND THEN HONKED AT ME! For being in my own lane!

I don't get it. Both of the other drivers were clearly in the wrong, yet both somehow convinced themselves that it was my fault. Do we just need cops to start giving more tickets? Apparently they've decided to stop patrolling intersections now that there's cameras on 80% of them. I got a $500 ticket the other day in Beverly Hills for turning left on a light that had just turned red. I'm not saying I was right in that case, but seriously? Who doesn't do that?

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merry_rogue
Jul. 5th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
It seems about the same to me. The same being that my boyfriend and I encounter sometimes 3 or 4 a day.

I can't help but laugh at how often we get the finger or a dirty look from people pulling out into traffic ahead of us (while they're doing 10 miles under the limit) and almost getting hit or what have you.

There's an awful lot of self-entitlement going on.
megalion
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
and at the same time, it's hell pulling into other lanes cause they see you wanting to merge in front of them (even if you're WAY ahead) and boy do they hit the gas pedal to speed up and keep you from merging in.
leezechka
Jul. 5th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the normal LA driving patterns to me...
bessie_smith
Jul. 6th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
I have to agree with the other two posters. Sounds like normal bad LA driving to me.
horizon_eyes
Jul. 6th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
I'll add another to the "LA driving is as shitty as ever" pile.
the_alchemystic
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Ditto on the "typical LA driving" comments. ALthough, I will add that you cited two incidents in Westwood, a part of town where the asshattery, fuckery, and douchebaggery is ten-fold.
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