, Gloucester, MA


June 24, 2013

Fishtown Local: Blinkers? Who needs blinkers?

I wanted to spread the exciting news to everyone in Gloucester!

I actually, physically saw a driver on a Gloucester road use a blinker last week.

Or, wait . . . was that two weeks ago? Doesn’t matter. I actually saw someone use a blinker before they turned ahead of me.

I almost missed it because of the three cars that had barged in from the side roads right before that, of course, and hadn’t used their blinkers. Nor had the pickup, cab and DPW truck that had kept the mystery of their intentions a secret until they spun off the road ahead in a monolithic trio of surprise. Surprise, here we come, there we go, they seemed to say; now you see us, now you don’t.

Are Gloucester drivers worse than they were a decade ago? Clearly, yes, and there are some very specific reasons.

In the old days, it used to be that people just didn’t know the rules and everyone cut slack in good ‘ol Glosta driving. But nowadays, laziness has almost replaced stupidity as the leading cause of blinker freedom.

Some libertarians probably resent having to let others know of their intentions, but most are merely too lazy to pop their finger on the steering column that crucial three inches down to flip the lever. They simply can’t be bothered.

Is it because they feel, as driver, they are entitled to drop the silly blinker rule, because it’s all about them and you know, everyone forgives you in Gloucester for stupid driving. It’s kind of our national pastime. On the Gloucester end of Rt. 128, the drivers all sit in the left lane like a bunch of rolling slugs and, naturally, no one ever uses a blinker until you’re at least past Beverly.

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