Whats the deal with trucks with extra headlights that blind oncoming traffic? When you flash to alert them to the fact that you cant see, they turn on another set of brights that blind you further. Would it be legal to just run them off the road? Im thinking about getting a semitrailer and mounting 40 or 50 really powerful halogens so I can give them a taste of their own medicine. Thank you. Blinded by the Light in Arboles
As tempting as it may be, resist those vigilante urges.
What you call a taste of their own medicine, the police call road rage and rarely does do-it-yourself highway justice achieve a positive outcome, either for the rager or the ragee.
That said, who hasnt fantasized about a secret dashboard button that shoots photon torpedoes up the tailpipes of all the bad drivers in front of you?
Anyway, just ignore those dim bulbs who dont dim.
Instead of using more candlepower for revenge, become enlightened.
As a law-abiding citizen, your future is so bright, you gotta wear shades.
However, for those headlight scofflaws, their future is so faint, they have to get obnoxious spotlights.
And, to be fair, its not just trucks. Plenty of pugnacious passenger-car motorists leave their high beams on.
According to Colorado regulations, drivers must dim their headlights from high beam to regular when within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or when following a vehicle within 200 feet.
Law enforcement has a simple way to handle the situation.
When someones lit up (and we mean overly illuminated, not intoxicated), just keep driving and call nonemergency dispatch, advised Sgt. Todd Hutchens with the La Plata County Sheriffs Office. That number is 385-2900. Its a good number to memorize or have on speed dial.
Let the professionals deal with the problem. They have the training, tools and dispassion to deal with bad drivers.
Still, there is this nagging question: Why would anyone become so hostile when reminded to turn down his or her headlights?
Perhaps its just a frayed corner of our social fabric.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 2 percent of the adult U.S. population has Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, which is marked by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image and behavior characterized by impulsivity, mood instability, aggression, anger and negative emotion.
Action Line isnt a psychiatrist and therefore utterly unqualified to make a diagnosis.
But, dang, someone who delights in blinding fellow motorists seems like, well, a whack job.
Whack job is a highly scientific term, by the way.
The population of La Plata County is 51,464, and 2 percent equals just a bit more than 1,029.
Hmmm. That means more than a thousand people are prone to AHDS Aggressive Headlight Dysfunctional Syndrome.
That seems a bit low.
But whos counting?
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In the Mail Culpa Mailbag is correspondence from loyal reader and Colorado native Chloe Jackson, who wanted to amplify (so to speak) last weeks column concerning jake brakes and the highway noise ordinance.
Chloe reminds us that jake brakes cut costs by reducing wear on brakes.
Having a noise ordinance in a place where (semis) are going uphill is crazy, she writes, adding that commercial vehicles equipped with an engine compression brake device are required to have a muffler.
I have to say this is Colorado, not California. Thank you, Chloe writes.
As they say, keep on truckin.
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