Coolest thing I've seen all week
At the beginning of the week I was on the train platform nearest my house, waiting for the southbound into Miami.
The train tracks run parallel to the highway. And so there are entrances and exits to the highway right across from the station platforms. Often when people exit the highway there they run red lights.
Now, in normal parts of the U.S. we've all slipped through a yellow light here and there. We may have even made a break for it when the light was yellow at the start and turned red during our bolt. Not saying it's right. But we've done it.
Here in South Florida, driving badly is a competitive sport. And running red lights - that have been red for a hot minute - is one of the many ways you let other drivers around you know that you are crazier than them and thus more deserving of "road respect," which loosely translates into all the other cars and drivers staying out of your way.
But the thing is no one is ever caught. In fact, in the 18 years I've been driving - and I've driven in 22 states and six countries - I don't think I've ever seen a reckless driver pulled over by law enforcement, primarily 'cause there has never been a cop in sight.
So back to Monday. I was on the platform alternately reading my paper, looking for my train to arrive, and watching the cars exit the highway. At one point, a woman in a giant SUV (no worries, I'm not an SUV hater; I've driven Jeeps half my life) came down the exit ramp. It was clear she was on the phone. Halfway down the ramp her light turned yellow. By the time she came to a complete stop it had been red for a good four or five seconds. She remained stopped for the blink of an eye and then took off through the red light.
A moment later I heard a siren. Apparently a motorcycle cop had been sitting under the highway overpass a few feet away. He took off around the corner and stopped the woman. I hope she got a ticket and a good tasering and a nightstick makeover.
Well, maybe not the tasering, but I was thrilled for once to see a reckless driver get hers.
And that, my friends, was the coolest thing I've seen this week...so far.