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Oklahoma Traffic Rant

What is it with the traffic in Oklahoma these days? I drive the state quite a bit and it seems to me, no matter which direction I turn, I end up hitting traffic. Tulsa is no good. Oklahoma City is almost as bad. I’m even seeing it in Muskogee.

I don’t get it. The state is massive. There’s plenty of room to spread out. What’s convinced everyone to drive the same way I’m going at just the moment I need to get there.

Now, I expect this stuff when I’m heading into Dallas or Fort Worth. That place is famous for its backups, and it’s a massive city besides. But Muskogee? Come on.

It’s accidents of course. Oklahomans just don’t seem to know how to drive anymore. I’m actually glad they’ve passed a no cell phone while driving law recently. I love my phone, but the number of people I see swerving between lanes or slowing down on the interstate just to drive up next to them and see a phone in their hands, it’s maddening. Drive first, scan Tumblr later. I don’t care about the freedom issue here. I need to get somewhere, and you phone people are too busy driving badly and running into each other.

I suppose I ought to be more worried about getting hurt myself with these people on the road. Apparently, car accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in this fine state. Imagine that, right? I guess we could blame Twitter instead though. Or Budweiser.

Check out some of these statistics I found on an Oklahoma motor vehicle accident attorney website: 2015 had 694 accidents with injuries because of driver distraction in Oklahoma. That’s the FaceBook people right there. Of course, that pales in comparison to the something like 2,300 people injured due to alcohol in the same year.

And the biggest stat of all: 650 Oklahomans DIE each year because of car crashes. And something like 30,000 are injured. There are only like 50,000 people here to begin with! How do they get these people back on the road quickly enough to run into someone else?

I joke, of course. It’s serious stuff, I know, but I can’t help but be frustrated. I’m just trying to get to Muskogee for goodness’ sake. I’ve got business to do there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shown up late for a meeting because of the traffic caused by accidents. More than a couple times in the last month at least. And now that I’ve looked up those statistics, I’ve got a whole new set of things to worry about.

It’s almost enough to make me want to get rid of the car and start taking the bus. But then, what’s the bus going to do? Just sit in the traffic. I guess I’m stuck dealing with Oklahoma drivers no matter what.