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UGH...so...driving to work today at Arlington and Bolyston the light was blinking, red on all sides. Why is it...that people do not understand the concept of stopping...and taking turns????????????????????????????????? UUUUGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

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tiny37
May. 11th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
Welcome to Boston!
drchase
May. 11th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'd like to point out the 16 new regulations for the state motor handbook :)

Sixteen New Regulations in the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle's 2003 Handbook 

1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident Massachusetts driver avoids using them. 

2. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, because the space will be filled in by somebody else, putting you in an even more dangerous situation. 

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the less of a chance you have of getting hit. 

4. Warning! Never come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it and it will result in your being rear-ended. 

5. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork, especially with RI, CT or NH plates. With no insurance, the other operator has nothing to lose. 

6. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a vigorous, foot massage as the brake pedal violently pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to strengthen your leg muscles. 

7. Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. It's a good way to prepare other drivers entering the highway. 

8. Speed limits are arbitrary figures; given only as a suggestion and are not enforceable in Massachusetts during rush hour. 

9. Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a Massachusetts driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot. 

10. Always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tire. This is seen as a sign of respect for the victim. 

11. Learn to swerve abruptly without signaling. Massachusetts is the home of high-speed slalom-driving along the Route 91 Speedway; thanks to the Department of Public Works, which puts potholes in in

12. It is traditional in Massachusetts to honk your horn at cars in front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the light turns green. 

13. To avoid injury in the event of a collision or rollover, it is important to exit your vehicle through the windshield right away. Wearing your seat belt will only impede your high velocity escape from danger. 

14. Remember that the goal of every Massachusetts driver is to get ahead of the pack by whatever means necessary. 

15. In Massachusetts, 'flipping the bird' is considered a polite salute. This gesture should always be returned. 

16. Under no circumstances should a driver acknowledge the presence of another car when both cars intend to be the first one through in a merge situation. Failure to exercise "tactical neglect" is seen as a sign of weakness by the other driver and they will fully exploit the opportunity. 
ronalum
May. 11th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
When in Boston, do as the Bostonians do! Look neither to the right nor the left, but charge straight ahead!
drchase
May. 11th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'd like to point out the 16 new regulations for the state motor handbook :)

Sixteen New Regulations in the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle's 2003 Handbook 

1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident Massachusetts driver avoids using them. 

2. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, because the space will be filled in by somebody else, putting you in an even more dangerous situation. 

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the less of a chance you have of getting hit. 

4. Warning! Never come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it and it will result in your being rear-ended. 

5. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork, especially with RI, CT or NH plates. With no insurance, the other operator has nothing to lose. 

6. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a vigorous, foot massage as the brake pedal violently pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to strengthen your leg muscles. 

7. Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. It's a good way to prepare other drivers entering the highway. 

8. Speed limits are arbitrary figures; given only as a suggestion and are not enforceable in Massachusetts during rush hour. 

9. Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a Massachusetts driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot. 

10. Always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tire. This is seen as a sign of respect for the victim. 

11. Learn to swerve abruptly without signaling. Massachusetts is the home of high-speed slalom-driving along the Route 91 Speedway; thanks to the Department of Public Works, which puts potholes in in

12. It is traditional in Massachusetts to honk your horn at cars in front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the light turns green. 

13. To avoid injury in the event of a collision or rollover, it is important to exit your vehicle through the windshield right away. Wearing your seat belt will only impede your high velocity escape from danger. 

14. Remember that the goal of every Massachusetts driver is to get ahead of the pack by whatever means necessary. 

15. In Massachusetts, 'flipping the bird' is considered a polite salute. This gesture should always be returned. 

16. Under no circumstances should a driver acknowledge the presence of another car when both cars intend to be the first one through in a merge situation. Failure to exercise "tactical neglect" is seen as a sign of weakness by the other driver and they will fully exploit the opportunity. 
ronalum
May. 11th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
Having chatted with Natalie on her cell phone while she is driving, I am convinced she is a fast learner. The only thing I noticed about those new regulations is the absence of the term "Bastard" which she frequently uses. Perhaps that will appear in the next revision!
tckma
May. 11th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Massachusetts!

And the "T" is not a good substitute, either.
caballero
May. 11th, 2004 06:08 pm (UTC)
Learn from Ben Hur
Keep a bull whip in your car and don't be afraid to use it on drivers who aren't paying attention.

I remember in high school, after the parade in May, all of the lights were blinking like that. Fortunately, drivers are like Pavlovian dogs when it comes to white gloves. It doesn't matter who wears them (cop or drum major), the driver will obey.
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