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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    We aren't "judging" them. We have no power to punish them with our opinions.

    I have always felt that morons behind the wheel will eventually punish themselves--they don't need me. I'm just enjoying the show in the background.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    We aren't "judging" them.

    Sure you, and others, are. At least be honest about it.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,347
    Perhaps not judging or thinking badly about them, but discerning what you observe does not include a punishment in the process. One can be aware, with his values, without being a punitive judge.

    Stick to the speed limit.
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 703
    When a rich idiot fritters his money away, that's a good thing. For he spends it on stuff. Stuff that *OTHERS* charge for.

    Meaning other, less stupid people, earn a living thanks to that moron.

    As for the poor driving of an uber-exotic by a rich moron... well, he'll soon be buying a new uber-exotic (after wrecking the old one). Which means that the workers of the auto company get paid.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    Actually, it can be of concern anytime one wants it to be, especially when on a public road. If I see it, I can ponder it.

    Educated guesses, my friend ;)

    I could be wrong, but chances are, I'm not.

    On the thread topic, I drove back and forth to my grandma's today (detailed her car, see, I am nice :shades: ) and traffic was amazingly awesome and well behaved. No LLCs, no crawlers, no weavers, no obvious yappers, just flowing traffic. I even saw a BMW use its turn signal! (but then got behind one that didn't)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    Nobody will point at you, you drive an invisible car (and you like it that way) - you could hit a flock of nuns and nobody would see it :shades:

    But drive a white Maserati like a [non-permissible content removed], and people will see it, and make educated guesses. I find it fascinating how some people keep their head in the sand about the relationship between smoke and fire. I hope that doesn't make me intolerant. Oh, bleeding hearts, what would we do without you.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    edited July 2013
    I hope that doesn't make me intolerant.

    Oh, pretty sure it does. Call it an "educated guess." :shades: Or if not intolerant, likely one or more of these, related to intolerant per Webster's:

    uncompromising, unforgiving, unyielding; complaining, fussing, griping, grumbling, kvetching, protesting, squawking, whining
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    Yes, indeed. My hope for not being seen as intolerant was sarcastic, you know :P

    Kind of like when say "aww nice" when I see a dopey move on the road.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    edited July 2013
    Backy you were referring to the BIBLICAL phrase of "judge not, lest...blah blah" and that definitely implies that the judge also punishes.

    I don't wish these morons ill. I'm only pointing out that they are thoroughly incompetent when piloting 2 tons of steel hurtling at 75 mph down the same road I'm on.

    I feel I have a right to voice my objection. :P

    If you saw, say, a WELDER who was welding a full gas tank, you'd "judge" him---STOP YOU IDIOT!

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    My apologies. I didn't know you are also a Biblical scholar. You're a talented guy.

    How about this one, not from the Bible: "Intolerant is as intolerant does, sir."

    There is a difference between observing what happens right in front of you, and reporting on that, and making assumptions (and judgements) about the person's intelligence, income, where they got their money, etc. etc. etc.

    That is all. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    edited July 2013
    Unavoidable. Human nature. You're "judging" me right now :P

    You know those higway signs that say "report drunk drivers"? it's like that with me.

    When I observe, and judge, bad driving on the highway I am undertaking an act of self-preservation. I don't feel I have to apologize for it.

    for all I know, the person I observed grinding the front air dam on a Maserati to bits in a parking lot, might have stolen it.

    In any event, it bears watching. My observing kicks in first, the judging is slightly afterwards.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    We are all observing and judging bad driving here... that's the point of the discussion.

    What is not the point of the discussion is [non-permissible content removed]-uming and judging things that have absolutely nothing to do with observed driving behavior.

    You make an excellent point: "for all I know...". Yes. Exactly. We DON'T know.

    Why can't we focus on the inconsiderate driving and how much we detest it, not how much we detest certain types of people, based on how much money they have or other things that have nothing to do with driving?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    Well it's the incompetent part I'm judging, not the rich part. If they (the rich person, or the scam artist, as the case may be) drives his new Ferrari like a recently escaped chimpanzee, I only noticed the entire event because of the driving.

    If I, living in an affluent part of California, merely ENVIED every $100,000++ car I saw on the road, I'd have no life.

    but when that $100,000 car (or house, or piece of artwork) is being ruined, wrecked or abused, it's really hard to blithely ignore these acts of carnage.

    Especially if you LOVE cars in the first place. It might not be quite as difficult to restrain judgement as say it would be for a dog lover to watch a dog being whipped, but sometimes with me it's close! :P

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    There's the fun - it is completely logical that irresponsible ostentatious unearned wealth that has never had to answer to anyone would drive in a manner that is irresponsible and appears to never answer to anyone. Funny how that works. In FACT, those assumptions have much to do with driving.

    Just skip the posts you don't like instead of trying to dictate discussion, nobody has a right to not be offended.

    Time to start taxing trust funds at 98% and giving wealth-based traffic fines (like in some real developed nations) as real deterrents to douchebaggery. Keep right except to pass.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    edited July 2013
    It's a two-way street. The rich judge the poor even more severely. *I even judge the "poor", when I see a beater going down the road, bellowing smoke and with the muffler dragging sparks on the ground.

    The egalitarian might say "well he has as much right to be on the road as YOU, mr. fancy-pants Mini Cooper owner"

    Well yes and no. He has the right to drive a safe, clean-burning car in a competent manner, as much as I do.

    Does the Harley rider have the "right" to create so much noise as to break your front window when he drives past?

    I don't think so.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    Does the Harley rider have the "right" to create so much noise as to break your front window when he drives past?

    That wins the Red Herring of the Month Award! :)

    Such a Harley is clearly in violation of noise ordinances... unless your municipality doesn't have them, then I feel sorry for you. No one has the "right" to break the law... including speed laws, no-turn-on-red laws, pollution and safety laws (for the beater bellowing smoke and dragging a muffler). People who choose to break the law need to be ready to accept the consequences of their decision.

    But let's talk about what a despicable person that Harley rider is, in fact, how despicable all the low-lifes who ride motorcycles are. We all know every single one is a no-brain, no-class idiot with no consideration for anyone else. They should all be forced to pay a $50,000 per year tax for disturbing our peace and quiet with their obnoxious bikes.

    "Just my opinion" of course... but I'm most likely correct about it. ;)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,990
    Actually that's what Harley-Davidson thought about Harley riders, that they were low-lifes--they fired all their old customers in the 1980s and made motorcycle riding respectable for families.

    Marketing is "judgement" too.

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  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,347
    just as " nobody has a right to not be offended."

    you do not have a right to be offensive. :D
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    Just as you claim road ragers choose to become enraged by LLCs and other surplus population, the offended are choosing to be offended :P

    When questioning unearned wealth in this age of so many financial crimes becomes offensive...something is broken.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    Sadly, in much if not most of the US, there are no enforceable standards for noise or vehicle condition. I see some sketchy stuff on the road here (as my state lacks inspections and only has emissions testing in densely populated areas). Sometimes it also isn't a matter of money, but simple ignorance or laziness, when it comes to rotten cars on the road. For some people, cars just aren't in their minds as anything more than transport. They drive it til it dies, then fix it or replace it. I'd be all for German or British style inspections, but sadly, residential housing and transportation infrastructure here wouldn't support it, not to mention the socio-economic chasm.

    Loud smoke belching small man syndrome diesel pickups annoy me even more than weekend rebel Harley riders (who around here are casualties as much as typically idiotic kids on sportbikes). However, no laws exist to do anything about it, and there's no way any will be passed. Wouldn't be "business friendly" or some such nonsense.

    Oh yeah,speaking of Harleys, the other day I saw a stereotype with loud pipes, tin can helmet, smoking a cigar (!) while "riding" his 1200lb hog. I almost laughed out loud.

    And to point to a previous sad distraction, I also don't know of many Harley riders who are irresponsible overgrown teenagers living off daddy's money like so many of the local young supercar set. The should-be-taxed-to-death trust fund set usually lacks the wherewithal to operate a motorcycle to begin with. Harley riders are easier to stereotype - usually an aging boomer who is still reliving Easy Rider :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    Took a drive up to the mountains today. Lots of traffic on 90, not too much bad, but a few oddities. First, I am in the right lane, going 65 in a 60, light traffic. Dodge truck comes up behind me, sits there, then shoots past going maybe 80 and vanishes. About 15 minutes later, when the road is wider and the limit is 70, I pass him as he is dawdling at 68 in the middle lane. I don't really see him again after that.

    Later, I am in the middle lane, going ~70 in a 70, Prius exits on the right - then at the last second veers back onto the highway, crossing over the gore point for a long time. He then goes slow and vanishes. But maybe 20 minutes later, the limit is 60, and he passes me on the left, going at least 75 - and he was the sole occupant in a carpool lane.

    Third irritant was an older woman in a garish pearl white Escalade flicking her cigarette out the window. Just right for dry summer conditions. Drove for ~140 miles, didn't see a single cop, so that's nice.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,347
    edited July 2013
    Didn't see a cop within 140 miles doesn't mean they were not out there. Look out for the Black plain Suburban and a few Explorers also unmarked.

    Staters on motorcycles = common in this weather.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    Oh for sure - but from my experience, the WSP doesn't really hide out too much - they are usually easy to spot, and they don't seem to pick off anyone going under 10 over (in good weather and traffic). They go for the inattentive who are going too fast. If someone goes 80 in a 60 past a grey SUV parked near an overpass, they deserve to be pulled over. It's the city and county revenuers IMO who hide out more and are stricter, as they have numerous quotas or at least, soft goals.

    In Bellevue, the city PD speedtraps are also easy to find, just look for a long downhill or straight stretch with an underposted limit. I did see COB motorcycles hiding out on a sidewalk downtown a couple weeks ago, but I think they were FINALLY doing crosswalk duty (after many complaints) rather than speedtrapping, as you can't go 10 over when the car in front of you is going 9mph.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    Stick to the speed limit.

    As soon as all speed limits are set to the 85th percentile or higher, then that recommendation can become a valid one.

    Stick to setting the speed limits correctly!
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    Time to start taxing trust funds at 98% and giving wealth-based traffic fines (like in some real developed nations) as real deterrents to douchebaggery. Keep right except to pass.

    If you really want the traffic fines to be about deterring people, then yes, they need to be wealth-based amounts, and more important, the funds must not go to the courts, officers, agencies, stations, and other corrupt peddlers that are involved in the enforcement of the traffic laws. The money should go to rebuilding our crumbling roads, which by the way, reduce safety by lowering the G capabilities of cars and increasing braking distances in an emergency.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    I'd love to see that be true for phone yapping offenses too. Had a crosswalk crowder with a phone to her ear again today - brainless twit in a Land Rover who didn't notice there were people in a green signaled crosswalk until she started rounding the corner. Should be more than a slap on the wrist. Being an idiot in a clumsy (on road) SUV is worse than doing it in an econobox.

    Funny to think that 50 years ago, my grandfather was able to cruise down the same interstates as me, at roughly the same speeds, but in a car with much less safety engineering and handling ability - and it was just fine.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    If you mention that most Interstate Traffic Engineers designed our freeways for 100 MPH traffic, you'll get ostracized as blasphemous and outrageous.

    We can't let facts from scientists and engineers get in the way of low speed limits.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    And back in the day it was imagined, for 5000lb mastadon cars with drum brakes, numb steering, no passive safety, wallowy handling, and bias ply tires - where today I am sometimes even held to slower speeds in a modern car with 658 airbags, modern crash protection, modern handling, much lower casualty rates, etc. I think many here would jump for joy at a 50mph highway limit. Logic and accountability have left the building.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    There was a story in the media about a local city where the residents got upset at the video speed trap they started doing. Apparently, some kid got ran over and died, and the locals overreacted with speed cameras. Well, one Sunday, apparently 75% of the congregation got ticketed on the way through town going to church, and all hell broke loose. The city was about to be boycotted and they were losing revenues (the businesses were abandoned by customers).

    I asked in the comments if the new lower 25 MPH speed limit was obeyed, and someone still got run over and died, would 15 MPH be next? I never got an answer. Why can't people understand speed has nothing to do with most deaths? I can kill you just fine running over you with a Hummer H1 even at 5 MPH.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,345
    edited July 2013
    It would be nice if that really happened - city (and its well paid "servants") acts up, it gets boycotted and financially murdered.

    I've always theorized random speed limit changes (when a 40 changes to a 30 for no apparent reason - many of these in my area) are because an old mayor's niece's dog got hit by a car there in 1973, and the supposed authorities overreacted. Either that, or it is a simple revenue generator with no story behind it. There are a few notorious camera "cities" (sprawly strip mall burbs, in reality) in my area, I avoid them, but not because of their safety masquerade, but because they offer nothing in virtually every other way as well.
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