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Are you an aggressive driver?

Response Percent Votes
Yes, but I’m considerate of other drivers
44% 716
No, I observe the rules of the road
32% 530
Yes, get out of my way
14% 236
No, I wave approaching motorists along, even if I have the right of way
5% 89
I don’t drive
3% 52
Total 1623


jpltown 8 years, 4 months ago

Seriously people, I have lived in this wonderful town for 6 years, and the only thing bad about it is that people do not know how to drive, be honest with yourself when you take this poll.

jaywalker 8 years, 4 months ago

Left lane's the fast lane. Please spread the word, and be kind when you inform newer arrivals to our fine country. The native born, however, get the finger! (B>)

riverdrifter 8 years, 4 months ago

Talk on cell phone & drive: I'm rude to you.

Reuben Turner 8 years, 4 months ago

i'm too good of a driver. i stay within the speed limit. stop for pedestrians. keep my eyes on the road for i can see when the car in front-on the side- other than me slips up. and i wear my ear gear when talking on my cell phone. soo perfect

Curtis Lange 8 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like my driving style is much like Pywacket's. I'm all about the rules of the road: always using turn signal, turning into the correct lane (which it seems NOBODY else does in this city), keeping right on highways except to pass, yielding the right of way when/where needed, etc.

However, if you try to force your way in by failing to yield or totally disregard the rules of the road/common courtesy you WILL be met with my aggressiveness.

nbnozzy 8 years, 4 months ago

Actually some of the worst drivers in this city are the contruction guys in pickups talking on their cell phones. They haven't a clue about others around them. I constantly see them cut off cars. This happens a lot in the area around city hall and the turning onto Tennessee street. They are as bad as the college kids who think the rest of the city should yield to their vehicles.

Been driving in Lawrence since 1980 and it gets worse every year because of the aggresiveness of the inconsiderates.

Another bad area is 19th and Barker. Wish folks would learn how to use the darn roundabout. Just because you are on 19th doesn't mean you have right of way over the Barker traffic. Learn proper road etiquette. And for those who ride their bikes on the sidewalk when there are two bike lanes built into the out for me and my lil daschund. Some of you fools have almost run us over, and I'd hate to have to hurt you because your idiots. /rant

(woke up too early this morning)

AnnaUndercover 8 years, 4 months ago

One thing to say:

Don't !@#$ing text when you're operating a vehicle.

del888 8 years, 4 months ago

51 years old and never been in an accident. i've lived in Lawrence for 21 years.

tomatogrower 8 years, 4 months ago

Left lane's the fast lane. Please spread the word, and be kind when you inform newer arrivals to our fine country. The native born, however, get the finger!

I assume you are talking about the highway. In town the left lane is for a future turn to the left. Sometimes it is wise to get in that lane very early, because people won't let you change lanes easily. I've turned on my signals to change lanes and cars will actually speed up and close the gap on purpose. Why? It makes no sense. It's like it's some kind of competition. They think they are in a race to get to the red light before you do.

midwestmom 8 years, 4 months ago

I was 'in line' to get out of South's parking lot yesterday after school let out - one of about 25-30 cars, when I see this crazy bimbo (think the other 'b' word) in a light blue camry - PASSING all the cars in line on the right in the bus lane!! Holy cow lady - are you in that much of a hurry that you're willing to take out a kid in the parking lot?!! I'm pretty sure she was over the speed limit of 20 in a school zone - does the school zone even include the parking lot?

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years, 4 months ago

Passive-aggressive ( tho' I'd like to think of myself as assertive ) .

gsxr600 8 years, 4 months ago

No, I don't want to go 35 down Iowa everyday, I'd like to go the posted 45, TYVM.

jaywalker 8 years, 4 months ago


Correct, left's the fast lane for highways only, there's no designation in towns. The term "road rage" probably never would have been coined if it weren't for people using the left lane as their personal cruise lane.

And yes, I'm an aggressive but safe driver. Drive way too much not to be both.

Emily Campbell 8 years, 4 months ago

"The only thing we Americans have in common is that we all think we're the better driver"- George Carlin (I think? sorry if I miss quoted but you get the gist)

randysavage 8 years, 4 months ago

Here is a new poll:

Are you an awful driver?


75%-Yes, of course I am. I live in Lawrence, don't I? 15%-Who gave that idiot a driver's license??? 10%-I only drive my Huffy. (With no helmet)

yoornotmee 8 years, 4 months ago

I'm a considerate driver. I hare aggressive drivers. I have a baby in my car and you're risking my baby's life when you drive like that. Calm down and quit tailing me - you could kill my daughter!

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 4 months ago

Driving is a constitutional right just like healthcare.

pace 8 years, 4 months ago

My driving is dated, I like people who use a turn signal when they change lanes or turn. I stop at yellow lights unless unusual circumstances prevent me from doing so safely.
I would love people who tail gate, and duck out to pass to move to another state. Tail gating is my biggest peeve and the lane bobbers, dashing from one lane to the next, saving the extra 7 seconds, flirting with accident, they usually end up at the light with the rest of us. I would like to see tail gaters to get tickets, especially on hw 40.
While I don't like people who fail to signal or tail gate, I don't think it is smart to be rude in my driving to punish them,. Road rage types are weak sisters. Women on the average and myself in particular are good drivers with motivation to arrive alive. Too many baby men drive with their egos. Hard on the tires, and the gas milage.

Derek Neibarger 8 years, 4 months ago

i've been driving in Lawrence for 20 years, and it's no exaggeration to say that 99% of Lawrence drivers suck. tail gating, speeding, not using turn signals, not knowing how to use turn lanes or how to park their cars, ignoring school zone speed limits, not comprehending the difference between "yield" signs and "stop" signs, not yielding to pedestrians, speeding through crowded parking lots. this list goes on and on. and though it's off subject, every winter i see some idiot driving their car around with snow covering all the windows except for the small space where their windshield wipers pushed some of it off. how long before one of these lazy, worthless morons kills somebody because they can't see where their going? Lawrence drivers are only fractionally better than KC drivers, and that's by no means a compliment.

Linda Aikins 8 years, 4 months ago

99%? Wow. If I've told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate.

That means I'm the only one in Lawrence who does not tailgate, speed, "not using turn signals, not knowing how to use turn lanes or how to park their cars, ignoring school zone speed limits, not comprehending the difference between “yield” signs and “stop” signs, not yielding to pedestrians, speeding through crowded parking lots."

And I don't think that is true.

damnitimpissed 8 years, 4 months ago

NavyVet's reply to Pywacket was absolutely perfect; thank you for saving me time and preventing me from letting my rage show. Almost every single day I nearly lose my mind trying to make it over the North Lawrence bridge at 6th and Mass at 5:30pm. The other day some self-righteous loser thinking he's supreme guardian of road justice (yeah, guy in the silvery/white two door sports car, I'm talking about you) actually pulled halfway over and drove down the rest of the bridge taking up enough of the left lane just to prevent me from passing him.

Then, as I'm sitting with my blinker on, fuming, waiting as people crowd each other lest I try to sneak in, I get smirked at by some middle-aged soccer mom who is satisfied to see me get my comeuppance, and then some d-bag in a truck actually FLIPS ME OFF.

If the city wanted the entire left lane of the bridge closed, THEY WOULD HAVE CONED IT OFF. Instead of using both lanes and taking turns merging like civilized, logical human beings, these morons keep the right lane backed up all the way down the bridge and sometimes hold up traffic on 6th street all the way to Vermont, resulting in intersections with cars sitting in the middle like turds clogging a toilet.

Yes, you might think you are being "considerate," but you are actually just a turd.

Please, people. Use the left lane until the end of the bridge, then TAKE TURNS MERGING. Everyone spends the same amount of time waiting that way, and no turd congestion a mile down the road.

Kat Christian 8 years, 4 months ago

Agree there are crappy drivers in this town. Though a lot are courteous there are too many who are afraid of the road. Indecisive drivers can be just as dangerous as agressive drivers. My favorite is (what I call) the Chip N Dale intersections where 4 cars waiting to go through. “Oh no you go, oh please you go first, no I just couldn’t do that, you go….” Apparently no one understands or forgets who approached the stop sign first and that the person on the right has the right away. Instead all 4 cars sit there waiting over 60 seconds trying to decide who should go first. At that point I take the lead and go the heck with them they can sit there another 60 second and keep deciding.
So is the left lane for the purpose of driving over the speed limit of 70mph or used just to pass someone at 100 mph and return to the right lane at 70 mph? Because the speed limit is 70 and that is all you are suppose to drive in either lane. So in my case I drive in the left lane at 70 mph. If someone wants to speed I’ll move over and let the idiot go kill themself than move back over when its clear. There is no fairness in this world that is the first lesson you need to understand. In a perfect world it would be nice if everyone alternated to let people merge over into one lane. But in reality we have to put up with the whiners who complain when someone cuts the line like when we were in elementary school. Ba-ha. What difference does it make? We’re all going the same way and it isn’t going to shorten the time to get there. Duh!!. There is no rule that says you HAVE to get in the long line when the other lane is available up to the cone. The problem is the whiners who can’t stand it when there are people who wish to be more resourceful. Freedom of choice (the long line or merge near the cone). I think the whiners are the “wuss” not the ones who let a person merge in front of them – those are the thoughtful and courteous ones.
I obey the rules of the road, but I also read what the other driver’s intentions. True that could be misleading at times, but a consciencious driver should be able to spot that and be prepared. Rule #1 everyone is different, EXPECT that and be prepared. I see so many people out there that have no business driving. It’s not the aggressive drivers I’m so afraid of they are predictable. It’s the nervous drivers I have a problem with, because you never know what they’ll do next because they freak at the slightest change – very unpredictable.

Stu Clark 8 years, 4 months ago


Regardless of the speed limit and your realtionship to it, you should be in the right lane on the highway unless you're passing. My motto is: if I'm passed on the right, I'm wrong.

I agree with navyvet in that merging too early is as bad as too late. There are always a number of people in the single lane who let a large gaps open up in front of them. This extends the back-up. Better to stay in the disappearing lane a while longer and take advantage of these gaps. OK, sometimes the gaps don't appear. Then just slow down, turn your blinker on and hope that some kind soul will yield.

RedwoodCoast 8 years, 4 months ago

Too few people realize that the speed limit is actually how fast you can go. Be courteous and try to speed up to the number on the sign. Thanks. Oh, and don't just coast around that corner as if no one behind you has anywhere to be. And use your turn signals, people! I call it conscientious driving.

Randall Barnes 8 years, 4 months ago


Curtis Lange 8 years, 4 months ago

Another pet peeve? People calling the left lane the fast lane. There is no such thing; it is the passing lane. That is it. Nothing more, nothing less. When approaching a slower car you check to make sure the way is clear, turn on your left turn signal, change lanes, pass the slower car then turn on the right signal and return to the right lane. It is NOT the 'Ima cruz ova hur since I'm doing 5mph (or 25mph) then these other tards' lane.

damnitimpissed 8 years, 4 months ago

CHILDREN! CHILDREN! Pywacket, NavyVet. Calm down for two seconds and read this (shortened, google it if you want the whole report):

"The primary intent of the Late Merge is to reduce the road rage between early and late mergers by informing drivers that it is permissible for traffic to travel in both lanes to the merge point. No problems have been reported with its use, and it seems to be well received by drivers. A study of its operational effects found that it increased the capacity of the merging operations by as much as 15 percent.

Since the Late Merge seems to address many of the problems experienced with the conventional merge during congestion, the UNL also conducted field studies to compare the safety and operational effects of the Late Merge and the conventional merge. The results of these studies revealed that the conflict rates are substantially lower with the Late Merge. At higher densities, about 75 percent fewer forced merges and 30 percent fewer lane straddles were observed for the Late Merge; and, at densities below 25 vpm, no conflicts were observed for the Late Merge, whereas conflicts were observed for the conventional merge. The studies also found the capacity of the Late Merge to be nearly 20 percent higher than that of the conventional merge.

Conceptually the Late Merge addresses many of the problems that are associated with traffic operations. The lengths of the queues that form as a result of congestion are reduced by about 50 percent, because the queued vehicles are stored in two lanes instead of only one. The shorter queue lengths reduce the likelihood of them extending back beyond the work zone's advance warning signs and surprising approaching drivers, which in turn reduces the potential of rear-end accidents. In addition, driver experience less anxiety about knowing which lane is closed, because either lane can be used to reach the merge point. The availability of both lanes also reduces the frustration levels of drivers. Drivers in the open lane are less likely to be irritated by others passing by them in the closed lane, because this maneuver is permissible with the Late Merge."

So there you have it. If everyone uses both lanes up to the merge point, the lines are half as long, there is a lower risk of accidents, and nobody loses their mind.

damnitimpissed 8 years, 4 months ago


Instead of this incredibly infantile fight you two have going on, pick up your phone, take a deep breath, and ask the people listed below to put up signs on the bridge that say "USE BOTH LANES TO MERGE POINT" on both sides, followed by "MERGE HERE TAKE YOUR TURN" signs on both sides near the beginning of the construction. Problem solved, no?

Public Works, Street Division (Engineering services, mapping, maintenance of streets, traffic signals and signs) (785) 832-3021 1120 Haskell Ave., Lawrence, KS 66044 Tom Orzulak, Manager, Public Works


Public Works - Charles Soules, Director Phone: (785) 832-3124 (785) 832-3123 Ground floor, City Hall

Development Services Margene K. Swarts, Interim Director (785) 832-7700 1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 110

Human Relations Toni Wheeler, Director (785) 832-3404 947 New Hampshire, Suite 200A

Planning and Development Services - Scott McCullough, Director Phone: (785) 832-3154

City Manager - Dave Corliss Phone: (785) 832-3400

Transportation Planning / Lawrence – Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (a transportation policy-making organization) (785)-832-3165 1st floor, City Hall

Traffic Safety Commission: The function of the Commission is to act as a liaison group between the citizens of the City and the City Commission in matters concerning traffic safety of all types and to study traffic problems and recommend solutions and actions to the City Commission to enhance traffic safety. At each meeting, the Commission evaluates citizen inquiries and needs regarding traffic. Meetings: 1st Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m., City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall. Members + phone numbers:

Here's what you're calling about:

Project: North Second Street and Locust intersection Traffic Impact: North Second Street, southbound traffic at Locust reduced to one lane North Second Street, northbound traffic detoured to Elm Street, to North Third Street and to Lyon Street Locust, closed at North Second Street

Now stop acting like 8 year olds.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 4 months ago

I'm a defensive driver and obey the rules.

My pet peeve is those that tailgate people! Some won't even pass you. It's like they want you to get in the other lane so they can speed past, even though you're minding all the rules and driving in the right lane. Back the f*** up or pass already! Beware the brake check!

bpitts65 8 years, 4 months ago

Try driving a big truck thru this town! People cut you off then hit the brakes to make a turn instead of getting behind and then safely making the turn. People think that because we have more brakes on our trucks that we can stop faster! Not true at all! It takes 2 to 3 times longer for air pressure to reach brakes on a trailer (brake lag) than it does for liquid pressure to reach the brakes on a car. Seems like nobody respects the trucks and what we have to deal with in traffic every day!

Richard84 8 years, 4 months ago

del888 (Anonymous) says…

51 years old and never been in an accident. i've lived in Lawrence for 21 years.

I hope you knocked on wood!!!!

jonas_opines 8 years, 4 months ago

I prefer to think of myself as a passive-aggressive driver. If I have a problem with your driving, I take it out on the next driver with the same color of car.

Satirical 8 years, 4 months ago

Does answering this question on my cell phone while driving make me an aggressive driver?

Linda Aikins 8 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Multi! I may have one flaw or two, but not many! :)

Well I learned something today. I was totally with Py about the rude people who fly by others on the left, then merge in at the end (which causes a logjam at the end) but if that quote was taken from a reliable place about using both lanes to merge, then I have been wrong! I too loved it when someone blocked both lanes in the middle and stopped the crowders - actually I may still, as I think it is only polite to merge over when the signs first tell you to. And I much prefer polite drivers to those who are waaaaaay too important to wait their turn.

Deja Coffin 8 years, 4 months ago

When I was younger I always thought it was fun to be the aggressive driver. I loved riding on someone's rear until they'd move to the other lane and thought it was neat that I could make traffic do what I wanted. Now I'm older and a mom and probably the most defensive driver in the world. I not only know what the car ahead of me is doing but know what the car four cars ahead of me is doing. I'm cautious to a point that sometimes drives my husband insane but it's not my own driving I worry about. It's the other drivers that think they're master texters/multitaskers or the ones that think they can bully the other drivers on the road. I worry about all those drivers that drive like I used to!

ksdivakat 8 years, 4 months ago

how do you manuever those darn round abouts???? I have lived here a longg time and I still dont know how those stupid things work!! I yield to the driver on my right, but the driver on my left never yields to me! What am I doing wrong????

LoveThsLife 8 years, 4 months ago

After driving in the Washington DC area I will take Lawrence drivers any really isn't that bad here.

somedude20 8 years, 4 months ago

No one likes a person who cuts in line! If you cut in any line, guess what, you are WRONG.

earline james 8 years, 4 months ago

That's me, singing along to the oldies, cursing along slow, blinker going because I didn't turn and forgot about it. I don't text or talk on the phone, but I have a total blind spot over my right shoulder (and I can't turn my head real fast because I'm old and I have a touch of the arthritis.) Did I mention my reflexes are shot? And I'm always pulling to the curb because I think I hear a siren? Looks like I'm causing all kinds of road rage and trauma on the road. "Sorry." I probably deserved that finger. And yes, I'm a very careful driver. You wish more drivers were as courteous as me.

bevy 8 years, 4 months ago

FYI to all of you talking about the "Fast" lane (or as my hubby calls it the "Gun lane" as in Gun it and get moving) Kansas passed a law that went into effect July 1 on 4 lane highways - the left lane is for passing only. If you are driving in it and not passing, you can be ticketed beginning next year. I am so glad because the hubster likes to drive in the left lane and it makes me nervous as heck.

For myself, I'm a driver ed teacher's daughter so I'm pretty cautious and law abiding. Hate tailgaters and those (like the driver yesterday on South Iowa Street) who weave in and out of traffic to "beat" me somewhere - only to be sitting waiting for me at the next red light.


Right Lane Driving Senate Bill 145, effective July 1, 2009, amends current law to require motorists on multi-lane roads, outside of any city, to travel in the right lane of traffic whenever two or more lanes are moving in the same direction.

Under the new law, drivers may only drive in the left lane of these highways when:

Overtaking and passing another vehicle; Preparing to make a proper left turn; Otherwise directed by official traffic-control devices; or Otherwise required by other provisions of law. The law does not apply to authorized emergency, law enforcement, or highway maintenance vehicles.

This law is effective July 1, 2009. For the first year, through June 30, 2010, officers will issue warnings for violations of this law.

gogoplata 8 years, 4 months ago

"He's all mine, so stay out a da way."

damnitimpissed 8 years, 4 months ago


The problem is that people are crowding into the right lane WELL before any signs. There are two left turn lanes at 6th and Mass/Vermont, yet lately everyone crowds into the right one despite the fact that there are no signs whatsoever telling them to do so. By doing this, they block the entire intersection at 6th and Kentucky.

Don't encourage lane straddlers, or any other form of road bully/vigilante. They are the ones who cause road rage and accidents and their behavior is usually illegal, if not unethical or dangerous. Instead, encourage everyone to combine courtesy and logic, and driving will be a better experience for all of us.

The information I posted is from The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse and can be found here:

The concept of the Late Merge was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies did a study on it, a summary of which can be found on this page:

@Multidiscipinary: I think you're partially correct. The study above found that the Late Merge concept improved efficiency and reduced road rage and accidents, but that its potential benefits were reduced by drivers who did not follow directions. I think the technology that you mentioned (portable timed/sensored arrow lights) would be ideal for high-volume interstate work zones, but I don't think they would be necessary for smaller, in-town work zones like the one on the bridge. If people would just merge every other car, we would ALL get through faster, as the study shows.

A public awareness campaign would be nice, but I think just having signs would get the message across. That's why the city needs to do something to facilitate the work zone traffic instead of just blocking one lane and leaving it up to drivers to decide what approach is best, because as we can see from this forum, everyone thinks they're right.

@somedude20, I hope you're listening. You probably think anyone who uses the open lane is "cutting in line", but that's not the case. I use the open lane when I think it's best for the overall traffic flow, but I always wait to be let in, and I always wave thanks. Yet I still get glared at, and flipped off, as if I'm some menace to society... sigh.

notajayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

Why is "Yes, get out of my way" the top of the scale? Wouldn't the ultimate in driving aggressiveness be "Yes - don't get out of my way"? ;)

Pywacket - here's a little story for you. Have faith, believe in Karma:

A little over 25 years ago, a section of I-95 over the Mianus River in Connecticut collapsed. According to a friend of mine who was a police officer in nearby Stamford at the time, the final fatality of the evening actually drove off well after the bridge fell. He was driving his BMW up the shoulder past the stopped vehicles, and ignored the people frantically trying to wave him off. Apparently believing the traffic stoppage was for a more mundane reason such as an accident, he gave a one-finger salute to those trying to flag him down and raced over the edge.

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