First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Ro­ge­lio Yu­beta Oli­vas, news editor

I’m be­gin­ning to think that driv­ers can’t read.

I live in the Foothills and take I-8 to get to town. Due to con­struc­tion, a sec­tion of the in­ter­state near Araby Road is lim­ited to one lane.

Signs warn of road con­struc­tion ahead and a re­duced speed of 55 mph. As I ap­proach the bar­ri­caded area, I slow down to 60.

Ap­par­ently, that is too slow for other driv­ers, who tail­gate me or ag­gres­sively zoom into the other lane and zip in front of me be­fore the two lanes merge into one. That was Wed­nes­day.

On Thurs­day, I de­cide to re­main in the pack of speed­ing cars in the con­struc­tion zone be­cause no one is driv­ing 55! I’m go­ing 65 — and I’m still the slow one.

As I be­gin to ac­cel­er­ate, I no­tice a state trooper ve­hi­cle ahead. With my luck, he will come af­ter me, the slow­poke. But he doesn’t.

That’s when I de­cide that from now on I’m go­ing to drive 60 in the con­struc­tion zone. Those other driv­ers can tail­gate me for as long as they want.

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