Within the space of two days, the following things happened to me during my daily commute.
A car that was behind moved into the left lane and passed me and then drifted right back into my path, forcing me to brake sharply and cut to the right to avoid colliding with it. At the next light the car was halted and I drove up next to it to glare at the idiot who was driving the flashy BMW. Of course, the young man did not see me because he was too busy reading what was on his damn phone!
The next day I was driving home and was stopped at a red light. When the light changed, I started to move forward but saw that a car coming fast in the opposite direction was turning left, right into my path and that of the car next to me, long after the light for him had turned red. Fortunately for him, both I and the driver of the car next to me sensed that he was going to do this and so we both stopped, though we had had the green light for a few moments, and thus avoided an accident.
Then later on my way home, I approached a light that turned yellow. I slowed down and the light had already turned red as I came to a stop. Looking in my mirror, I saw a big SUV barrel right up, swerve around me (there was only one lane each way), cut back into my lane, and then go right through the red light. Fortunately, there were no cars going along the cross street.
What is the matter with these people? How much time do they think they are saving? Do they not realize that they could easily end up killing themselves and others simply in order to save a few seconds on their trip?
Jonathan Turley writes about the way cities are using red-light cameras as revenue generators. I have written in favor of such cameras in the past but he says that cities are engaging in unethical practices and using traffic lights as revenue sources by surreptitiously reducing the length of the yellow light and also reducing the grace time given to those who go through just barely after it turns red. This practice is terrible because it causes people to jam on the brakes and has resulted in an increase in the number of rear-end collisions, though it has also reduced the number of really dangerous right-angle collisions.
Then we had the spectacle of a motorcycle driver in British Columbia, Canada cutting through the roof entrance of a shopping mall, going down an escalator, and then emerging from another entrance. It is amazing that no one got hurt. Apparently, the police called off the chase since this encourages reckless driving by the person being chased. That sounds like a good policy but in this case the motorcyclist did not seem to care.
The bit where he enters the mall through the glass pyramid entrance is at the 1:15 mark.