I’ll warn you in advance: turn the sound off on this video. The commentator sounds as if he were dropped on his head repeatedly as a child, or perhaps oxygen-starved during his developmental years. The beauty of the video has nothing to do with the commentary, but instead it’s all about the actions of the New Jersey State Trooper. I spent a lot of years driving in the Garden State, and I don’t think I ever saw a driver stopped for less than 15 MPH over the limit on an interstate highway, the NJ Turnpike or the Parkway. Still, some drivers get paralyzed by fear when they see a state trooper in their rearview mirror, and yielding the lane never occurs to them. In fact, their reptilian hind-brain takes over, commanding their right foot to maintain a speed of no more than 54 miles per hour.
It’s equally likely that the Honda driver had a cell phone glued to his or her ear and was completely unaware that a state trooper was about to begin bump drafting. I’m actually surprised they yielded the lane, even after the cop lit them up; you’d be surprised how many drivers no longer pay attention to approaching lights and sirens. I’ll give a big thumbs up to the trooper in the video, and go on record as encouraging similar behavior from police agencies everywhere. Want to cut down on road rage and improve traffic flow? Getting left lane clots out of the way is a good place to start.