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Why stop with crossing double-yellow lines?

The double yellow lines are there for a reason.
The double yellow lines are there for a reason. The Charlotte Observer

Thank goodness for N.C. Reps. Jeffrey Elmore, Rayne Brown and Lee Zachary. They’re as sick of slowpoke drivers as we are – and have the gumption to do something about it.

The trio of Republicans are the primary sponsors of a bill that would let N.C. motorists pass slow drivers – even if it means crossing double-yellow lines in a no-passing zone. Drivers, of course, would still have to show good judgment.

True, the nervous Nellies at the Department of Transportation say this might not be such a good idea. They say the double-yellow lines are there for a reason. They say their engineers have analyzed the road and determined it’s not safe to pass because you can’t see oncoming traffic.

Wanting to avoid fatal head-on collisions is all well and good, but have these engineers ever been stuck behind a grandma going 22 in a 45?

We like this idea of speeding things up and letting people ignore rules like double-yellow lines if it’s inconvenient. We encourage legislators to bring similar bills to an immediate vote:

▪ The Express Lane Act. Under this legislation, if someone in front of you has 11 items in the 10-item checkout lane, you may push your cart of groceries past the cash register and directly to your car.

▪ The TSA Revenge Act. If the security line at Concourse B is moving too slowly, passengers may skip the metal detectors and proceed directly to their gate – if in their judgment it is safe to do so.

▪ The Flush It Bill. If you need to bathe and your spouse won’t get out of the shower, you may, without penalty, flush every toilet in your house to scald them and kill their water supply.

On second thought, maybe it’s the slow-motorist bill supporters, not your spouse, who need the cold shower. And maybe legislators shouldn’t ignore the double-yellow lines when other things are moving too slowly for their tastes – like public schools’ progress, the execution of prisoners, or a job-seeker who can’t find work. Taylor Batten

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