Shawn Mahaney

Last Updated: 11/21/2009

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Gender: Male
Status: Single
Age: 38
Sign: Cancer

State: South Carolina
Country: US
Signup Date: 5/22/2005

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Current mood:distanced
Category: Life
Having driven mostly compact cars since forever, I'm familiar with this problem.  When they first started putting sensors in the pavement to make stop lights 'smarter', they didn't always work too well.  My Chevette and Omni didn't always trip the signal out of my mom's neighborhood - leaving me to make a left on red onto a fast 2-lane highway, next to a blind hillcrest,  on a bus route, across from the landfill entrance, just down from a police station.  It's a miracle I was never scissored in two between a garbage truck and the 7:30 route #47, with a cop on scene to write my remains at-fault.

But now, just in time for me to get a motorcycle, the good people at ABATE-SC worked with the South Carolina legistature to get the laws updated to match physical reality.  Now any bike that pulls up to a sensor controlled intersection, waits for 120 seconds (! *),  and still sees red can proceed "with due care".  Yay us.

So who are the good people who brought us this bit of legal reasonableness?  The kind of people who wear jeans and leather vests to a ceremony at the capitol building!

I think there's a bottle of Natural Light in the one guy's hand.

They had time to debate legal traditions and the origin of the democratic framework.

The ladies came too, and didn't have to worry about going with or without shoulder pads in their business dresses.

It makes me feel all warm inside to be represented by such a crew.  Actually, it makes me feel a little warm on the back of my neck.  Is it looking a little more red back there...?

So, today I sympathize with those whos' needs are publicly represented by a vocal minority, that doesn't always get the larger picture.  Quiet suburban homosexual couples?  Three cheers for this year's gay pride parade!

It's sure to help everyone get along and be comfortable with each other.

Are you proud of your nation and ready to stand up as a patriot to defend her and continue to make her a better place?  Well so is this neighbor of yours, who's already out at the rally with a sign.

[* - 120 seconds??  That's like forever at 1:30 in the morning, staring across an empty dark highway, when you're trying to get to the other club where you think that one cute girl you never got around to talking to might've gone!]

Currently reading:
Lands' End Business Attire for Men: Mastering the New ABCs of What to Wear to Work
By Lands' End
Release date: 2004-04-06

Your first paragraph made me laugh out loud...complete with your remains getting the ticket! I know that exact spot quite well as I've gone through it many times, so I know firsthand the road scenario you're describing. Always a bus in front of you...always busy traffic...always people speeding...I wouldn't want to turn left on a red there!
Posted by Hilary on Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 9:52 AM
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I wonder if the 120 second rule will apply to me since my car is a cross between the size of a motorcycle and a Chevette? I've already had to wait while watching a light change 3 times the other way with none for me at 1 am. So not fair......
Posted by ~Beth~ on Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 10:06 AM
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Shawn Mahaney

The actual text of the code is given on their site,
"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a driver of a motorcycle or moped, or a bicycle rider, approaches an intersection that is controlled by a traffic-control device, the driver may proceed through the intersection on a steady red light only if:..."

Sorry. Two wheels good, four wheels bad!

Posted by HVY MTL on Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 10:09 AM
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I have trouble setting off the motion sensors on automatic doors...where's the Lollipop Guild legislation?!
Posted by Natalie on Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 12:54 PM
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