Rubber Necking AKA the Curiosity Factor
This happens on any road, at any time. It happens on the Northway as well as Central Avenue.
As you’re driving, things are moving along nicely, then all of a sudden, it’s almost a dead stop. There’s a back up. You sit there for about five minutes, wondering what the heck is going on. When you finally get moving, you see a police car on the side. Not because there’s an accident, but because the officer is talking to someone that’s pulled over. Maybe they’re giving someone a ticket.
Traffic isn’t stopped because there’s an accident, fire or some emergency; people are slowing down to see what the cop is doing. It’s called a curiosity factor. I am not curious about why someone is pulled over. You probably won’t know anyway. Usually when I’m driving, I have a destination to go to, and somewhere to be at a certain time, as I believe most of us do. I know the fairly new law requires moving over to the next lane and slowing down when there’s an emergency vehicle ahead, but this doesn’t mean slow down, almost to a complete stop and look at someone getting a ticket.
This has been going on long before the law went into effect. If you want to see this, watch the TV show “Cops.” Does this bother anyone else? I just want to get where I’m going.