Get to know D.C. with our daily newsletter
We dive deep on the day’s biggest story and share links to everything you need to know.
This morning I saw some driving that was remarkable, even by the standards of Memorial Bridge Circle, where as I’ve written before, I see near accidents daily.
Here’s what happened:
I (represented by bicycle icon) am pausing and drinking some water. Driver of beige Corolla with Maryland plates (represented by the satellite icon) finds herself facing an inconvenience: She hadn’t meant to follow the lane she was in over Memorial Bridge! Rather than put herself out further, she…just stops at the bridge entrance. Traffic backs up behind her, all the way onto the circle. Car horns are honking. Drivers are freaking out.
Not the driver of the beige Corolla with Maryland plates. She calmly waits for a break in traffic going the other way, does a U-turn, crosses another solid line, and scoots off in the direction indicated with a wobbly red line and an arrow.
While I’m marveling at this advance in driving science (usually you have to go to, like, Madrid to see this sort of thing), a rescue vehicle from a department I can’t identify does the exact same thing.