Letters: Tail-gaters entitled to no common sense

Dear Editor,

As I drive around the Lower Mainland, I find more and more the tendency of a lot of motorists to engage in the practise of “tailgating.”

It seems that no matter what the speed limit, nor the speed at which a large number of vehicles are travelling, someone always needs to cling to a rear bumper in a dangerous and illegal way.

Is it a means of somehow forcing the driver in front to go faster? Is it a means of forcing the driver to give way, somehow, pulling off the road to make way for the offending driver?

Did the lady in black Chevy SUV on Tuesday, 4:15 p.m., eastbound on 16th Avenue, really believe that tailgating me for miles on end would somehow change her situation? Come on. There were perhaps 100 cars ahead, all going above the posted 60 km/h speed limit, yet she chose to stick to my rear bumper in spite of my four attempts to get her to back off.

Believe me, when I can’t see your headlights, you’re too close.

I finally could take it no more, so I turned off at 240th Street, only to see her speed up and perform the same game on the red pickup that was ahead of me.

It was stressful for all concerned.

Is it a sense of entitlement, or is such a person just a bully?

I really would like to know what motivates tailgaters.

Wayne Boylan, Aldergrove

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