LUXEMBOURG-VILLE — A driver from the nearby French city of Metz was lauded on Thursday for repeatedly using his turning signal while navigating Luxembourg’s streets.
“How totally absurd,” said Sylvie Weydert, who first observed the driver of the red Nissan with French license plates indicate he was making a right turn onto Boulevard de la Pétrusse. “I’d never in my life seen anything like it.”
The same driver was later spotted in Bertrange using his left signal before veering into a parking lot, then switching to the right signal to show that he intended to park in a spot that was soon to be vacated.
Most shocking, say people who reported sightings of the driver, was when on Rue du Laboratoire he not only signalled to show that he wanted to change lanes, but actually waited for an opening in traffic — rare even for cars with Luxembourg license plates.
At an impromptu ceremony held at the Bierger-Center that evening, the 34-year-old accounting software salesman received a Medal of Meritorious and Correct Driving from delighted traffic officials.
“I want to express my gratitude, but I must say that I don’t deserve this award,” the driver said.
Later, he reportedly admitted to colleagues that all this time he had erroneously believed that the little stick to the left of the steering wheel was actually used to flash brights at drivers who annoy him, such as those who refuse to speed up even while he is aggressively tailing them by a few centimeters.