So it’s been essentially raining more or less nonstop for the past 2 days. However, this post won’t be another tirade about how Los Angelenos need practice driving in the rain. Rather, today’s post is about common sense and knowledge of our traffic laws. 2 1/2 years ago, California adopted a law requiring that headlights (not driving lights; not fog lights) must be turned on whenever your windshield wipers are in operation (ie. whenever it’s raining) regardless of the time of day. It has been proven in many other states that had this law in effect years before 2005 that increasing the visibility of one’s vehicle whenever the sky is falling prevented traffic accidents. Hell, you don’t have to be a bloody genius to figure out that when you have crap falling on your windshield and two long rods waving in front of your eyes at regular intervals, it’s harder to see anything on the road. Do you want to get hit by a driver that just didn’t happen to see you in time? I didn’t think so; so turn on your damn headlights.
But the logical argument for headlights is a moot point because, quite frankly, the law requires that we use our headlights whenever it’s raining, even if it doesn’t make sense to the intellectually stunted. So why on earth do we still have so many idiots driving in Los Angeles in the rain without their headlights on after 2 1/2 years? Did no one pay attention to the news in this town (other than Us Weekly or Variety), because I remember when New York adopted that law, everyone heard about it, and most of us in the city didn’t even drive on a regular basis. I will assume that California likewise made a big deal about this new law when it went into effect. Yet for some reason, you have drivers like the one above on Little Santa Monica aimlessly roaming the streets in an “unlit” vehicle while it’s raining–forget about the fact that when I took this photo, it was dark enough to have your headlights on, regardless of the rain.
In fact, today I saw no fewer than 25 cars driving around with their windshield wipers on at full tempo without any headlights on. That is an inordinately large percentage of ignorant drivers. A few had their driving lights on, which is better than nothing I suppose. Yet in the photos above and below, you can clearly see cars with their wipers in operation absentmindedly navigating San Vicente and 6th St without any lights.
However, this entry would not be complete without our asshole of the (rainy) day:
Not only did this guy on Burton have illegally tinted front side windows in his Rav4 (the law states that more than 70% of light must be let in), but he was another driver whose vehicle was sans headlights. So that’s two traffic laws that he’s violated right there. Oh wait, add another one for not signaling for lane changes; this punk was aggressively cutting in and out of lanes in typical asshole-in-rush hour fashion. He also was speeding up to the rear of vehicles ahead of him and tailgating like a jackass in clear and dry weather–instead, he’s a dumb jackass in cloudy, slippery, rainy weather. I noticed his “gangsta” tilt behind the wheel through his front windshield when I was in front of him through my rearview mirror. What mature adult steers with the bottom of his wrist resting on the steering wheel anyway? I wonder how bad ass he’ll feel paralyzed from the waist down if he keeps driving the way he does.