Q That was very, very cool of you to print my comments about how aggressive drivers like me help traffic flow better. I've only had one friend who read the article who found the least bit of humor in what I was saying, or agreed with me at all.

Tom Russell

Walnut Creek

A At least one driver is on your side.

Q I believe Tom Russell makes a good point. To optimize traffic flow, we have to get rid of especially the road boulders. I am from Europe, and I have never seen large gaps of traffic as I have experienced here in the Bay Area.

Fred Schermer

Forestville

A Now on to the vast majority who take great exception to Tom's pushy attitude on driving.

Q No offense to Mr. Russell as he is defending his aggressive driving techniques, but quite frankly, he's full of crap. What he fails to mention in his zeal to defend his aggressive driving is the carnage of accidents he leaves in his wake. Which means the rest of us are still stuck in traffic. No, Mr. Russell, you're not helping.

Bruce McCoy

Hayward

A And ...

Q Tom, "miscreant" barely scratches the surface in describing your behavior. Your aggressive driving habits are a major cause of slow traffic and accidents.

GET A CLUE!

Peter Mitchell

Concord

A And ...

Q I was particularly moved by Tom Russell's discussion on road rage. Oh wait! Right! He omitted that part.

Aggressive drivers are the major cause of road rage. But Russell and other aggressive drivers seem to think the world revolves around them.

News flash! It doesn't. Perhaps a little more cooperation among all drivers would help the flow of traffic. But I guess I live in a dream world.

Anders Torvald

Sunnyvale

A I'm afraid so.

 

Q I don't think all of Tom Russell's tires are touching the ground. I couldn't believe his logic.

Stan Klosinski

Concord

A And ...

Q I am so disappointed in you (did I get your attention yet?).

If we were in bumper cars or NASCAR, his driving might be OK. I can understand that he wants to get in front of boulders on the road, and if it was as plain and simple as that I would say OK. What's the harm in a simple if safe lane change?

But he is talking about an aggressive behavior that causes road rage, accidents and more slowdowns behind him.

I'm sure none of this will get into the thick head of Mr. Russell. But you, sir, should not let him off the hook. If I was writing the column I would risk losing him as a reader and give him a piece of my mind.

Jack Levy

Milpitas

A The Roadshow way is to let people have their say -- and for folks like you to set the record straight.

Q Oh please, please let me respond to Tom Russell. I once worked with a 20- to 21-year-old kid in Watsonville when I rode my motorcycle back and forth to work. He was bitten by the motorcycle bug and soon swapped his BMW 320I for a Yamaha FZR 600.

Several months went by and he was on his way to work. He was late, and driving fast to make up time. His street was coming up, there was a line of cars in front of him and no one coming in the opposite direction, so he stepped out over the double yellow line to pass five cars in the left-turn lane. Unfortunately, he wasn't paying attention to the landscaper truck at the head of the line making a U-turn. He T-boned the truck so hard it split his helmet down the middle. He died two days later.

The moral of this story, Tom, is that no matter what your reasoning, there is never a good excuse for being a moron on the highway. The kid was less than a minute away from work when he decided to end his life. You might as well call it suicide cause that's what it boils down to.

Brad Hayden

San Jose

A A sad ending to today's Roadshow.

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