Q I can't believe the flak you have received with your stance against road boulders. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that if you are being followed by somebody who wants to pass you, move to the right? Why would you want to expose yourself to road rage?

Pierre Messerli

Pacifica

A Sometimes a speeding driver has reason to be in a hurry.

Q When some smug driver is blocking traffic in the left lane, they have no idea who is behind them or why the driver behind them wants -- or NEEDS -- to get past.

My sister is highly allergic to peanut oil. Several years ago she accidentally ingested some and began to sink into anaphylactic shock. There was no time to call for an ambulance. We got in the car and took off down Highway 101, heading for the closest hospital. I turned on the emergency flashers and headlights in the hope that would warn others about the seriousness of our need.

Unfortunately, all that seemed to do was incite some of them. I was met by one road boulder after another and had to maneuver around them, often making dangerous passes. I was greeted with shaking fists, one-finger salutes and boiling red faces.


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Despite the obstacles presented by these fine human beings, I made it to the emergency entrance just as my sister stopped breathing. The doctors did a wonderful job of reviving her. They could do nothing for the anger I felt toward these self-satisfied drivers who refused to move right. What they did almost cost my sister her life.

I have never forgotten that lesson. To this day, I don't need a reason to be a thoughtful and considerate driver. If someone wants to pass me, no matter how fast I'm going, I move over.

Lyford Hale

Santa Clara

A Thoughtful and considerate -- two good attitudes to show when on the road.

Q I loathe road boulders! They are just so stubborn or clueless. What is really aggravating is when they plod along at 65 and then speed up to 90 so that you can't pass. They act holier than thou about how safe they are, then do nasty stuff like that.

Gail M.

A And ...

Q The road boulder article was one of your better Roadshows. I have no problem pulling over for people who want to drive faster. It will not ruin my day. ... To road boulders that think it's perfectly fine to drive in the passing (left) lane at 65 mph because they want to "help" police do their jobs, please stop. It's not your job to enforce the law. You're not equipped or trained to do so. It's dangerous to you and other traffic. ... I doubt anything you say will change the mind of a road boulder. They are so sure they are right they stopped listening long ago. ... To people saying they have the right to drive 65 in any lane, there is also a law that says "Slow Traffic Keep Right." And there should be another one that trumps all: "Don't be a jerk."

Nick Hagen, Kevin Boundy, Andy Newell, David Bedno and more

A The CHP says it's safer for everyone if road boulders move over if others want to go faster. That's good enough for me.

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