Please bear with me.
So we all know that South Florida is chock full of drivers who don't have a clue when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. We maintain quite a collection down here, gathering drivers from the jungles of Guatemala, the streets of New York City, the islands of the Caribbean, and the cornfields of the Midwest. We mix them all together in some kind of crazy concoction and throw them out into the streets with hardly any law enforcement oversight (thanks Florida taxpayers!) and expect them to gel and play nice.
This isn't another rant on driving in this place I like to call Jurassic Park. Rather it is an expression of exasperation at what has been a horrendous 5 days for yours truly on the roads of South Florida.
The following is the string of traffic jams that I've experienced in the last week.
Thursday Morning: Turnpike Extension Southbound @ Okeechobee Road, minor accident off on the left shoulder with FHP and Road Warrior on the scene. Should only be a minor delay but everyone passing by has to check to see if there is any gore so... 2 mile backup to I-75. I listen to at least 2 WIOD traffic reports and they mention nothing. Time wasted: 20 minutes.
Thursday Afternoon: Eastbound on 836 at the Airport, car rear ends school bus. Car is blocking right lane, bus is pulled off on right shoulder. Backup is past the Palmetto (1-2 miles?). Time wasted: 20 minutes.
Saturday Evening: Northbound on Turnpike about 1-2 miles north of Hollywood Boulevard. Mercedes catches on fire and is moved off to the shoulder. Traffic is at at a dead stop as I come up the on ramp from Hollywood Boulevard. Nowhere to bail so we sit. Finally get moving after about 15 minutes. Again, motorists go by the blackened German auto at a snail's pace and you can read driver's faces: is there any death for us to see on the way to dinner? Time wasted: 15 minutes.
Monday Morning: WIOD reports a backup on the Turnpike Extension, Southbound @ Okeechobee Road with traffic stretching all the way back to I-75. I opt for a route through Hialeah and it actually works out pretty good. Yay! Score one for me! Additional commute time: 10 minutes.
Monday Evening: Traffic comes to a dead stop on the Turnpike Extension northbound at NW 41st Street. The traffic sign over the road, which is generally fairly useless, advises of an accident at NW 106th Street. I opt for the far right lane and take the new 74th Street exit and decide to parallel the Turnpike north through Doral to NW 106th where I get back on the Turnpike. On the SOUTHBOUND side, there are numerous emergency vehicles in the process of removing a car from a small pond along the highway. Northbound travelers have slowed down to rubberneck and see if they can catch a glimpse of...well, you know. I speed home content that I just saved myself maybe 30 minutes of sitting in yet another accident-induced traffic jam. Additional commute time: 5 minutes.
I'm not sure what the rest of the week holds or whether I'm experiencing a dose of bad driving karma. I'm just glad I have a blog. This has been very therapeutic.
Thank you for listening.