May 20th, 2010

Winner(s) of the Day: "Aiming High," or "Just Compensating?"

Winner(s) of the Day: "Aiming High," or "Just Compensating?"


When did people start getting the idea that it's somehow acceptable to drive around with their high beams on, in an attempt to obscure the fact that one of their headlights is burnt out?

These types are easy to spot, at least when they're driving cars in which the low and high beams operate simultaneously: if you're lucky enough to have one of these geniuses coming towards you, assuming you're not completely blinded, you'll clearly see two lights on one side of the car's front end -- one of which is making your eyes hurt -- and one lone eye-hurter on the other side.

This is rudeness of the worst kind. This essentially amounts to saying "I would rather blind other drivers and cause an accident than risk getting pulled over and given a fix-it ticket." (That being a ticket which, of course, is forgiven anyway once the offending situation is rectified, so at worst it constitutes a minor inconvenience.)

The real irony here, of course, is that driving around in traffic with high beams on is also a ticketable offense, and a far more serious one than having a burnt-out headlight, given that it's a matter of blatant or careless disregard for the safety of fellow motorists (whereas losing a headlight is just honest bad luck). The "high beam compensation" routine is pretty obvious, so it's almost as though these drivers are counting on cops to be blind ... no pun intended.

I have not heard firsthand any stories of people getting ticketed for this, but I do hope the police are paying attention and taking action accordingly. The fools who do this are road menaces, flagrant hazards borne of nothing more than wanton selfishness.