Random & Incoherent
Friday, March 24, 2006
  how's my driving?
Sometimes I listen to music or a book-on-tape, sometimes I watch the other drivers, sometimes I space out and just listen to the sound of the engine as I am shuttling back and forth, from work to home. And sometimes, bumber stickers catch my eye.

Today, as I was rolling down interstate 285 one particular car caught my attention, a champagne colored Chevy Malibu. And not one of the old school "cool" ones, but rather one of the newer models that have no real character. It caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, it was impeding my progress by going slower than I wanted to, and second, because it was a government car. You can tell by the license plate. In addition to the gov't tag, it also had a bumper sticker plastered across it's trunk with a web address on it: reportmydriving.ga.gov.

Typically you would see something similar on the back of tractor trailers "How's my driving? Call 1-800-bla-blah". But this was no ordinary business, this was a government car. No doubt paid for by my tax money. Well, ok, maybe not entirely funded by the pittance that is removed from my paycheck twice a week, but you get the picture.

Normally, I wouldn't think twice about such a thing, but considering the fact that I had received a roadside citation from a state trooper just a week before, I figured it was my time to enact some form of vengeance.

Taking the time to jot down the pertinent information (car number, tag number, make model), I bided my time until I was in the office and in front of a PC. I plugged in the website and was led to a page that wanted a report of negative and/or positive incidents regarding state vehicles.

The state of Georgia owns cars, vans, and trucks that are used by state employees for official business.
These vehicles are marked with the state of Georgia seal and/or state agency name. Use this form to report positive
or negative incidents involving the use of State of Georgia government vehicles .

I wasted little time in explaining that the car was traveling approximately 15 miles over the speed limit (I know because I was doing the same and not passing him), as well as following much too closely to the vehicle in front of him (I know this because that's what my citation was for). I'm awaiting a response from the government to fill me in on what type of disciplinary action was taken for this unruly driver.

The kick in the ass is this: it's Atlanta! Everybody goes over the posted speed limit! Everybody drives a bit closer than they should to the car in front of them! Nothing really new here, nor was it really an "incident".

But it sure did make me feel better.
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