Dr. Gridlock received a sad letter from a Maryland woman who donated her vehicle to charity, only to be held accountable for hundreds of dollars in tickets after she donated the car. I thought Virginia residents might benefit from tips from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles on the proper procedures when donating a vehicle:

"If you sell or donate a vehicle to a charitable organization, here are some important points to remember:

* Take the license plates off the vehicle, and turn them in to the DMV. Tell the DMV that the vehicle has been sold or donated. You will not be responsible for local taxes (personal property) beyond the date you notify DMV, according to a department spokesman.

* Complete Section A of the title, assigning the vehicle to the charity. You must give the charity the title to the vehicle.

* Call, visit or write the DMV and tell them that you have donated or sold the vehicle, the spokesman said.

* Call your insurance agent and report your vehicle sold or donated."

Dr. Gridlock would like to hear of any sad stories you may have when donating a vehicle to a charity.

Sounding Off on SUV Driver

In the Feb. 27 column, Mike Byrne of Manassas revealed himself to be a happy SUV owner who gets a thrill blocking motorists who try to pass him.

"The D.C. area has the jerkiest drivers on the planet. . . . So when I get my chance, I block people in," he wrote. "I really do hope on some level that people get so amped up to pass that they wreck their car in the process and wipe out themselves and their entire family. I view that as a form of natural selection . . . the dopey don't survive."

This item attracted a number of responses. Among them:

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

In response to Mike Byrne's arrogant letter about why he loves his SUV, I'd like to make the following comments: Mr. Byrne, I hope you were being facetious when you said, "I really do hope that people get so amped up to pass that they wreck their car in the process and wipe out themselves and their entire family."

You give SUV drivers and Manassas citizens a bad name. It's people like you that make me fear for our society.

Carole Bellacera


Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I have never been more sickened than when I read the comment by your reader, Mike Byrne, about his love for his SUV and hoping that the size of his vehicle will provoke people to pass him and hopefully wreck and die in the process.

This man is the reason why the D.C. area has the worst road rage in the country.

You should be ashamed for publishing his comments.

Pamela Blasdell


Dear Dr. Gridlock:

Byrne's bullying behavior deserves to be condemned by all of us who are forced to share the road with him. It's too bad that others have to suffer because he is struggling with feelings of inadequacy that manifest themselves in such bizarre behavior. Problem is, [he] will probably wind up killing or injuring someone.

J.T. Moore


Dear Dr. Gridlock:

What's the point of printing this drivel?

It added nothing to the debate over SUVs, offers no solutions or pertinent observations concerning our traffic issues, and merely hopes to enrage your readers.

Rather than waste valuable space on this kind of garbage, in the future please just throw these kinds of letters in the trash (or hit the delete key). You have far too many intelligent, thoughtful readers who actually have something useful to say -- I much prefer reading their comments.

Joe Nogueira


Dear Dr. Gridlock:

It's a shame the courts can't or won't revoke Mr. Byrne's driver's license since he has clearly stated that he attempts to block traffic with the ultimate hopes of causing them to wreck.

He seems to forget that people like him are at the root of the problem with this area's driving culture.

Justin Hayward


Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I have been a reader of your column for a long time, and have enjoyed it very much. However, the letter from Mr. Byrne should have been torn up, not printed. He is a sicko of the highest degree, as anyone would be who wished ill will on other innocent people.

Fred Lilly


Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I wonder if Mr. Byrne loves his SUV more than his wife and children. It sure sounds like it. Did he volunteer to provide emergency transportation to local hospitals, etc., during the heavy snowstorms this month? Probably not -- he might get his SUV dirty.

One thing is sure: I will stay in my end of Price William County to avoid Mr. Byrne.

William R. Dixon Jr.

Dale City

Transportation researcher Diane Mattingly contributed to this column.

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