Traffic Talk: Insects bug Bubba, a 'natural' driver

Don Gammill: Bubba likes to roll down the windows on his pickup, slide open the back glass, rest his arm on the door, feel the wind on his face and sing along with his favorite country music station.
by Don Gammill Published: June 25, 2012
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My friend, Bubba, enjoys driving in the warm, sunny, slightly breezy weather like we've had recently.

He likes to roll down the windows on his pickup, slide open the back glass, rest his arm on the door, feel the wind on his face and listen to his favorite country music station.

What he doesn't like is to be singing along with the song on the radio and inhale a bug. It's bad enough, he says, when he makes a trip and has to scrub insects off his windshield for several minutes when he stops for gas. But picking one out of his teeth or having to cough one up just ruins his day. On those particularly buggy days and nights, he rolls the windows up and turns on the air conditioning.

“It just isn't the same,” he says. “I prefer driving all natural.”

Luckily, he means without AC.

I've heard from other readers recently who prefer the fresh air at a steady speed. But this one wonders about maintaining an even speed when you drive into and out of various zones.

Had a question regarding speed zones and proper spacing of signage. I was under impression you had to have a certain amount of distance between signs either when the speed drops or is raised.

James

Here's the word from Cody Boyd at the state Transportation Department, James:

“According to Oklahoma State Statutes, Title 47, Chapter 11, Section 803E (47 O.S. §11-803E), no more than six speed limit changes can be made within a mile on a street or highway, except in the case of reduced speed limits at intersections. Also, the difference between adjacent speed limits cannot be more than 10 miles per hour.

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by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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