A small nearby town was once listed on the top 10 speed traps in the U.S. That's quite an accomplishment for a very small rural town with only 2 or 3 miles of busy roadway. I always felt that as new development began to impress itself in the area, the police would be busy with real crime.
It seems that's the case. I haven't seen the police making as many traffic stops. They have however, allowed some behavior that if not illegal, is certainly very dangerous.
Yesterday, on my way to the carwash I spotted this elderly woman.
She's on one of those Houveround chairs.......on her way to Papa G's restaurant for breakfast!!!! I'm pretty sure that the chair came with some instructions, including warnings about driving the chair as if it was a car. She had just come whipping down a side street and crossed a very busy state road!
Sorry for the pole that's in the picture but I had to pull over to snap the shot and she was moving fast. Guess what? This is not the first time I've seen her doing this, and..... when I looked over at the restaurant parking lot there was another chair near the front door. There's more than one elderly person driving around town on a chair.
Her rig is outfitted with orange signage (similar to the slow moving farm equipment) and an orange flag.
She's a rebel with a cause - to go out for breakfast. I'm just wondering if her family knows she's driving on the roadways.
The Other Mother had someone out here one day demonstrating one of these contraptions and sure enough she whipped up to the end of the street on it. I told here that they were designed for mobility around the house but somehow a rebel gene kicks in when they sit in that chair.
This reminds me of the story about the elderly Iowa man who set out on a trip to see his ailing brother in Wisconsin. What was he riding? His lawn tractor!
NOTE: After searching the web I found several stories of people traveling cross country on lawn tractors.
A guy from Alaska heading to Connecticut.
The Iowa man traveling 5 mph to see his brother.