That's the real problem, you never know whether you're going to come
across a reasonable officer or someone who is just looking to throw his
weight around. And the guy you pass on a slow-moving tractor just might be
the sherriff's brother...
Bottom line is that if you cross the double-yellow line you are
liable for at least a ticket, regardless of whether you felt justified or
were just impatient. If that bothers anyone, the solution is to stay off
two-lane roads with double-yellow lines. By the way, I have found that the
drivers of most really slow-moving vehicles will do their best to help clear
the way for anyone who wants to pass.
"jgar the jorrible" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
I agree with you, but keep in mind things like 07.D.06 in
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/curriculum/Unit%207.pdf I think Ravera making an
between a slow moving vehicle and an obstruction would blow back in your
face; the difference being between an objective obstruction and merely
hindering your progress. This would translate in the real world to how much
of a dick the LEO is. There's quite a size variance there, I know I've been
surprised when they've been reasonable - "I changed lanes quickly when the
car in front of me slammed on the brakes because I knew I could stop my
Corvette much faster than the VW van following me too closely," "Our
motorcycles were too light to set off the signal detector in the turn lane
in front of the police station" are two that I got away with - reasonable
explanations accepted by reasonable LEOs. Oftentimes they just care that
you're not drunk or aggressive.
This weekend, a group of bicyclists spread out on a narrow winding rural
road, some riding two abreast, no shoulder. Cars in front of me too
a-scared to go over the double line. We just had to wait until they got to
a wider spot in the road for the cars to pass. I went over the double
yellow to pass a few, more to give them some space and not scare the shit
out of them then anything else. I was thinking a cop going the other way
seeing this might not be happy. Some bicyclists in this area are real
assholes, but these just seemed clueless weekenders. The road in question
used to have a single broken line, but there were too many accidents. One
of them was my neighbor, totaled his cherry '62 356 Porsche he had since
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