Dear Motorcyclists,

If you want me to look for you, and not do anything that will permanently maim or kill you,


Turning right on a red light directly in front of traffic moving at 55 mph is the very definition of stupid. Do you have a death wish? Normally I would be all for the consequences speaking for themselves. However, I don’t want to be involved, explaining to the police why you are nothing more than bug guts on my windshield.

You can complain all you want. You can pass out the bumper stickers. Until you start looking out for your own safety, don’t get all upset about inevitable accidents. Be grateful the two friends out for a leisurely joy ride this morning were not smeared across the road. I was barely able to stop just short of hitting the one guy’s back tire. The other guy hadn’t finished flying over to the left lane yet. Then they moseyed along a good 10-15 mph below the speed limit on a two lane highway so there was no way around them.

Believe it or not, you are not the center of the universe. There are other people in the world. I am always paying attention to the traffic around me. It would be great if all other motorists, particularly vulnerable motorcyclists, could do the same.

The Piquant Storyteller