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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

White Truck Wednesday 7.10.13

   My theory, as most do, began simply as an observation, sparked by an annoyance.
   Driving Metroplex freeways - mainly 75 south from Collin County toward Dallas - I began noticing more and more a certain type of vehicle causing me the most anxiety. The white pickup.
   White trucks riding cars' bumpers, the drivers regularly pounding on their steering wheels for traffic to part for their apparently more important path. White trucks dangerously swerving in and out of congestion, often illegally using the shoulder as their personal passing lane. And white trucks, manned by a single driver, arrogantly and unlawfully using the HOV lane.
   Consider this my weekly ode to white trucks, the most aggressive, dangerous and soulless vehicles on our roadways ...
   There is actually good news in area traffic, in that the worst idea in the history of changing directions has been given the death sentence: The Michigan Left Turn.
   Not sure what TMLT attempted to do, but I do frequent the intersection of Legacy-Preston in Plano and was forced to traverse a right turn - and then a U-turn - before continuing on my desired path that should've been accessed via a simple left turn. Though traffic experts said TMLT - which was installed at a cost of $1.8 million in 2010 - was working, residents bitched so much that TMLT has been obliterated.
   Wonder if we can eliminate traffic tickets with a little moaning?
   On to the weekly White Truck wildness ...

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  1. My new theory, and pay attention, because I am finding it to be more true than not...Every time you see an aggressive driver, see if they have the emblem of their college on their bumper. I notice it heavily favors drivers from Texas Tech, but I see other colleges represented. It is especially prevalent when they have the silver stick on kind. Crazy? Maybe...but I have empirical evidence...

  2. That TMLT is gone from Preston/Legacy? What a stupid idea. I would have to cut through Archgate just to avoid it. It cost 1.8 million to implement it and it'll cost $100k to reverse it....why? taking down the no left turn signs and adding the turn arrow as an option? Love the red tape.