This will be short.
This morning, I was heading to work and there was a multi-car accident... traffic ground to a halt.
I was in the outside lane, just next to the carpool/HOV/express lane... and as I sat there, I counted a couple dozen vehicles whiz past me with only the driver in the car. Now, I don't like waiting in traffic any more than the next person... but I just don't get the presumptiveness of drivers who do this sort of thing. Sure it's just a white line ( and soon, a double white line ), and you're not likely to get caught... but isn't that just the point?
Isn't civilization just a (very thin) white line?
Yeah: I'm being a little dramatic... but not entirely... I see a fundamental break-down: it used to be that folks didn't cross the white line. Now it's commonplace. Anyway, just an observation.
( An aside: I wish that traffic fines were gaged against the likelihood of getting caught... a $2000 ticket for driving in the express lane — especially if it were posted regularly — would certainly give pause. )