We had easily one of the stupidest people to get a driver’s license barrel down Powell Street, yapping on her cell phone, thus managing to ignore every single sign and light that says “do not enter here, drivers!”
Because she was in such a hurry, she also sideswiped the parked cable cars to get wherever it was dumb blondes go on a Friday. The cable car operators frantically (and bravely) tried to flag her down and make her stop, but she did one of those smart ass “I’m waving at you even though I’m probably being a dumbass” waves that drivers do. (I really hate that, esp. when I’m driving and someone cuts me off illegally….)
Eventually she got to the end and made a sudden stop because, as anyone knows, the cable car turnaround is a dead end. That’s why they put all those “cars please do not enter” signs. Funny, that.
Not to be content with almost crashing into a cable car or two (she was lucky as she sideswiped the parked ones the outbound car was still loading passengers and not in motion), she backed up and almost ran me and several pedestrians over. Apparently, that whole “steering” thing cars have you do was a bit much for her.
Eventually a cable car operator explained to her just how dumb she really was, and managed to at least make sure she backed out safely.
I really wonder sometimes if we’re a bit too lenient on who we give driver’s licenses to these days. If nothing else, a hat tip to the Governor for banning cellphone use (well sorta). Too bad our Supervisors and Mayor are too busy protesting stuff overseas – maybe they could show some leadership on auto safety here in San Francisco – you know the city that actually elected ’em and stuff?
Perish the thought!