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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,154
    way too time consuming to set them up and take them down every day. so, you get to see them unmanned quite often.

    in the NE, that is often 3-5 years that you have to put up with the same work zones.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Should at least be permissible to drive a normal speed if no workers are present.

    Some fun on the roads this afternoon. Got behind a minivan on an exit ramp, one I usually take at 50 (yellow sign 40) - I was thinking that this van was going to crawl, but I was wrong - the thing flew through the long curve at maybe 55, and once on the surface street, tore down the road weaving through traffic. Shocking. Then while on the foot saw another zillion phone holders, a woman in a Land Rover dawdle at a light and then floor it (sounded awful), woman in a CTS coupe blow through a red light with an occupied crosswalk, and saw a cop make a right turn from a straight lane, then dawdle down the cross street.
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,177
    edited May 2013
    My feelings on traffic camera tickets is that if they send me a picture of my car, then I will send them a picture of my money.

    In DC, there is a camera in the D street tunnel. I live in Northern Virginia, and I normally do not go to that part of town, so I had NO IDEA there was a camera (nor was there a posted speed limit sign in that section of the tunnel). I had to go to a government site for 10 days, and got 7 tickets for 60 in a 45. They sent me $900 worth of tickets, but thanks to DC bureaucracy, I never heard from them again. That was 6 years ago. I guess they know that out of state drivers are not going to pay them anyway. Also, I work downtown, and no one has ticketed my car or booted it so I got of easy I guess.
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,177
    The worst highway for inexplicable work zones is the Penna Tnpk (I-76). Lots of cones and lane closures...but no workers! Not one. This happened many times over the 35 years I have been visiting family in Buffalo twice a year to visit. Also, they seem to love closing one lane while going uphill in the mountains, and that lane is always occupied by a semi doing 12 MPH. Infuriating.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    If you want to go 45, get onto a minor highway and let drivers drive. Everyone in the country isn't in bland middle America with nowhere to go and all day to get there.

    Tell that to the 2 semi drivers and the limo driver who were the blocking trio last Sunday holding up a very, very long line of drivers in vehicles behind them. The Semi drivers could have been from anywhere in the U.S., perhaps the left coast. The limo had a local tag.

    The nuttiest drivers anywhere in the U.S. apparently are in the Sleepless area as duly reported on this Inconsiderate board.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    I don't know, CA and FL among others are pretty nutty too - and faster. If you really want to go 45, maybe you should move here - as plenty of so-called "drivers" on I5 around Seattle, and 405 between Bellevue and Renton especially, seem to be afraid to move past that dangerous insane speed.

    The blocking semi drivers could also have been from the middle, and thinking "I'm not speeding, I can be in any lane I want, these speeds are too high, slow down!". I've seen the "elephant races" of one truck passing the other at .5mph more in Europe, too.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Fun today - young woman with huge sunglasses in one of the Lincoln crossover things aggressively merges onto a highway, veers left - only to instantly be caught in a backup. Made me laugh.

    Saw a WSP car sitting in traffic - first a car in front of it turns with no signals, then a car turning from a side street barely slows for red and turns - LEO does nothing. I notice why as he starts moving - he's eating a burger. Must be a busy day.

    Typical amount of phone yappers out today, always seems to be about 3/4 oblivious young women. One today was in a Land Rover Defender - kind of odd, must be out in daddy's toy.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    edited June 2013
    If they are texting, send them to Thumb Wars.

    Must be part of a cell class-action settlement or something.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    That would be typical of this overlawyered eventual idiocracy - a class action by people who lack the self-discipline and logic to not text while driving :sick:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    edited June 2013
    Sunny day here today, which seems to have surprised the locals. First off, old woman in a Crosstour, going ~20 in a 35, left lane of a 4 way arterial, no traffic. I was cruising up the right lane at about the limit, as I approach her, she randomly moves into the right lane, I veer around her. Funny that had her ignorance caused a crash, it would have been ruled my fault. Then at an intersection, I am patiently sitting at a red light, Suburban coming from the right stops on green and eventually encouraged to move again by vehicles behind. Then at a grocery store - little parking, greybeard small man syndrome sufferer in a lifted Dodge diesel wedges his overcompensator into a small spot, by driving over a curbed grassy median and parking halfway on it. WTH? Finished it off by getting behind an E-class who pulled out blindly from a parking lot, then went 20 in a 30, then in low speed traffic kept ~3 car lengths behind anyone...I had to hit the horn. Oh, and a woman in a Pathfinder yapping on the phone weaving like a drunk.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    edited June 2013
    In the San Diego region, our freeways more often have 4 lanes or more rather than 3 lanes or less. Given the abundance of lanes, it is especially agravating when you encounter left lane campers. MLC's are less obstructive due to the 4+ lane idea. If it was 3 lanes or less, then MLC's can be a problem.

    With 4 lanes, it should be 2 lanes on the left are fastest/fast, and two lanes on the right are slow/slowest.

    The fact that we have some sections with 6 lanes and you still get LLC's should be penalized by death. The more lanes available, the larger the fine should be for LLC. 3 lanes LLC should be $300, 5 lanes $5,000, 6 lanes = death.

    SEcond that motion?
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    I'm laughing because the construction zone speed is set for a reason. Going 75 through the zone is not safe or they would have the limit at 75 mph.

    Do you honesty still believe most speed limits are set with safety in mind? I don't believe they even regard safety in their list of considerations, although they may state that in words or speech.

    If they did want to set safe speed limits, they'd follow the 85th percentile rule.

    No, I'm afraid most speed limits are set with the maximizing of revenue in mind.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    My feelings on traffic camera tickets is that if they send me a picture of my car, then I will send them a picture of my money.

    That's funny.

    In CA, they are so money hungry that stunt would probably get you a false accusation brought forth for creating counterfiet money with your pictures, and then fine you for counterfitting currency. Counterfeit charges would be my fear based on my experience with the CA courts.
  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    MLCs are not egregiously bad as LLCs, but they can be annoying iimpediments to normal traffic/drivers too!

    MLC to me depends heavily on where you are. In a truly urban area, the density of exits (and sometimes the tendency for lanes to randomly peel away) dictates that the middle lane is the best option.

    When I started driving in the NW Indiana suburbs of Chicago, I-94 in Indiana and the Tri-State in Illinois were 3 lanes each direction. No lanes randomly lost, but an exit every mile or two. Dad always said (and I have agreed) that "The right lane is for getting on or off, the middle lane is for driving, and the left lane is for passing." I still use that approach when I'm on the 3+ lane expressways in Louisville, but I recognize that it doesn't apply on the more rural Interstates that have gone to 3+ lanes over the last 10-20 years, where the exits are spaced several miles apart.

    If the exits are consistently less than 2 miles apart, it's not MLC.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505

    Saw this across the street when I got home today. I think the car was turning left from the side street, Durango was also turning left onto the side street,and they hit. But I could be wrong. Nice spill from it, too.

    Didn't see much else other than the usual volume of phone holders/yappers.
  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    Just one glaring idiot yesterday...

    getting on the Gene Snyder (I-265) the ramp from Westport has a bit of an annoying last curve, but nothing I can't enter at 50-55 and use modest power to hit the merging point at 65 (which is the SL). So yesterday I was behind an early Volvo S80, and the driver took her time getting to 45-50, and then entering that curve, hit the BRAKES! And was still tapping them even in a straight line, now at 40mph. When I finally got by, I realized the problem... the curve was too sharp to steer one-handed while holding a cell phone to her head. Silly me.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Not really inconsiderate, but it was odd and created a traffic jam. Got out of work to gridlock, traffic backed up for a mile, a mess. Saw a fire truck heading through traffic, and stopped near where I was headed, and where the bottleneck was. An Outback was stopped in the left lane of a 4 lane road, and was either full of curtains and plastic bags, or all of the airbags deployed. Odd, because the car had no visible damage, and there was really nothing in the immediate area to hit anyway. I wonder what happened.

    Nothing else of note, seemed like less phone yappers than normal, did see a young woman in a G-wagen with a phone to her ear - way past time for wealth based fines.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    did see a young woman in a G-wagen with a phone to her ear - way past time for wealth based fines.

    So, is this typical for drivers of this brand? Not a clue about driving and capabilities. Only know that the brand has a cache. Have to have to impress. Have the money from "greed" and can afford to buy rather than buying something less ostentatious and donating the rest to charity. Is this inconsiderate to drive these expensive vehicles as an in your face greed message?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    I see a lot of well kept members of the fairer set yapping while driving their tall isotanks, and I see what seems like an inordinate amount of luxobarges usually chosen by the executrash set doing the same. If a vehicle has internal bluetooth, there's no excuse for the phone nonsense - and there should be penalties to match. Driving the vehicles isn't the issue. It's inconsiderate to not use the technology if it is there, usually because the driver is technically illiterate, and has never answered to anything in their lives.

    It could be an attentional bias on my part, but I doubt it.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    Driving "these expensive vhicles" by successful people who earned them, through advanced education beyond HS is not an "in your face greed message". It is what they choose to afford while paying off their extensive post graduate university loans. As for donating to charity - upper income tax payers are already donating considerably to others via their portion of the I T that goes to Health, Education, & WELFARE. Those who attract your envy know what they did to achieve their status while others not as successful know equally as well what they failed to accomplish to do the same. Be happy for those whose status is above for they are more likely to be an employer of many who have come to depend on them. :)
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