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Loved Grooms' column about the various types of inept Charlotte drivers (Boomer With Attitude: "Watch out, you jerk!" by John Grooms, Jan. 30), but I would like to point out to you a certain style of driving I call the "Tighten Up" (fabulous Boomer reference, no?). What I'm used to, upon approaching a red light, is that the first car in line will stop, the next car will pull up right behind it and do the same, on down the line. That is not what happens here.

Instead, drivers begin a long, slow deceleration, finally stopping a car length or more behind the one in front. But it's not over. Next, one car will creep or lurch up a couple of feet, then the next car does the same, then the next, etc. Then it starts all over again. The further back in the line you are, the more ground you have to cover, especially if you haven't gone along with the first couple of tighten-ups, out of some futile refusal to go along with this nonsense. If you're back far enough that you can't see the traffic light, you might actually think that it's changed to green. What is up with all this?

Similar to this is the person ahead of you at the intersection, constantly inching into the intersection in anticipation of the green light. Then when it changes, nothing. Did we have a sudden bout of astral projection? Have we just had a stroke? Or is it just the ever shrinking attention span of 21st century Americans?

-- David Barnett, Charlotte

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