Recently on A&S several ideas have been thrown about, ranging from the need to be more obvious on the road, to some need to have turn signals and lights, to the ever popular take on mirrors.
At one point a poster even stated "why don't we just drive motorcycles."
Well, the fact is that even with mirrors, even centered in the lane, even with lights (turnsignals and stoplights) and even making a bunch of noise and it being on a flat road in the middle of the day... 5 motorcyclists were killed yesterday on an Imperial County Highway by an impatient driver who attempted to pass... the unharmed driver left the scene.
Folks as much as you want to try to ride safely, and are, in some cases, willing to even emulate motorcycle riders with loads of lights and helmets et. al., the bottom line is that as long as some drivers act like idiots... your best efforts may be for naught....an eastbound gold Honda Civic went into the westbound lane to pass a dozen motorcyclists also going east. A westbound Dodge Avenger driver saw the Honda in his lane and swerved onto the sandy shoulder to avoid a collision. The Dodge then veered out of control back onto the pavement and collided with some of the motorcyclists.
The sedan driver suffered major injuries and his female passenger was killed. Both were from Mexico.
The Honda that caused the incident by trying to pass did not stop, and authorities were looking for the driver.
What can be done to get such idiots off the road... Why is it that it is so easy to get a driver's license and so hard to suspend one?