Driving in New Jersey

The first time I took the test to get a New Jersey driver’s license (back when I moved to New Jersey in 1999 – I don’t live there anymore) I failed it. The question that I flunked on asked what you should do when you approach an intersection that has no signal or stop (or yield) signs.

Apparently the correct answer is to drive right through, without slowing or stopping.

Yesterday, a three-year-old boy was killed in Pemberton, NJ when two vehicles approaching an intersection with no signal or signs both drove right through. A school bus carrying elementary school children collided with a minivan carrying a family.

Why are there ANY intersections without signals or signs in either direction? NJDOT should immediately fix this problem!

I’m glad I don’t often need to drive in New Jersey, though at least that state has better marriage laws than its neighbor Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed along a bill to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. That bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee before it gets to the Senate. I think the constitution should contain important rules for the governance of the commonwealth. Defining marriage in a narrow and discriminatory way in the constitution violates the human rights of gay people and is a distraction that takes attention away from the important business of the legislature.

As in the federal system, I wish the legislature would spend less time posturing and more time running the government properly. How about raising some taxes to repair our crumbling infrastructure? How about taking responsibility and passing some laws to help curb gun violence in urban centers? How about doing something to curb the carbon dioxide emissions of the coal-fired power plants? How about working for the good of Pennsylvanians, rather than worrying about the next election? Sorry, silly idea. Never mind.

On reflection, I think I might be happier if I didn’t read the newspaper. If I weren’t on break, I might not read so thoroughly.

One Response to “Driving in New Jersey”

  1. Charlotte Says:

    When will this country wake-up? When it comes to marriage this is a basic civil right that should be attainable by all Americans if they choose. For the truth about gay marriage check out our trailer. Produced to educate & defuse the controversy it has a way of opening closed minds & provides some sanity on the issue: http://www.OUTTAKEonline.com

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