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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804

    Ouch. I like the tire.

    Saw a woman zooming down the road in a Jag XF, I am pretty sure she was texting at the same time. Needs to be at least a 4 figure fine. In the worse than usual afternoon grind yesterday, saw a typical suburbanite-looking couple in an Explorer trying to zoom around, passing people, tailgating - only to get stuck in a long queue to an on-ramp. Dopes. And yesterday morning at 0530 (light in the sky but streetlights still on), saw a Camry with no lights.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728

    Hey, but the Explorer probably got ahead by a car or two in that long queue due to all their zooming and passing and tailgating! I'm sure the extra 3 seconds they gained were worth all the trouble, wasted gas, and extra risk to themselves and other drivers etc.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,043

    Corner hits are always nasty---they wipe out multiple panels and devices.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840

    Fighting back.

    "A Florida man is facing a $48,000 fine for using a "jammer" in his SUV to keep people around him off of the phone while he was driving."

    Driver caught using cell phone jamming device (myfoxny.com)

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  • jjackson12jjackson12 Posts: 36

    Last night on a four lane road with a 50mph SL. Two cars go FLYING by me, easily 75mph, only to be stopped a half mile ahead at a stoplight. By the time I got there they were out of their cars swinging at each other. The chaser got knocked down a couple of times and his face was bloodied.

    I dialed the local sheriff post which was less than a mile away and gave them the location, vehicle descriptions and plate numbers. They showed up as the ragers were still yelling at each other. They had 4 cars there within 5 minutes, it must have been a slow night.

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,359

    Jason - glad it was the proper digit. That's hard to come by in these parts.

    My question is when did they start making turn signals an option on cars? I ask this because there can't possibly enough people so dumb as to not "get" the use of turn signals. Must be the cars.

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007

    Not inconsiderate, except possibly to my next of kin...

    But this morning, I did something pretty dumb. Hopped in the truck, pulled out onto the road, and at the stop sign about a half mile away, suddenly the truck chimed at me. My first thought was that one of the tires was low on pressure, but nope. Forgot to put my seatbelt on! D'oh!

    Considering that seatbelts have been required by law since before I was old enough to drive, you'd think something like that would be ingrained in me by now. Guess I had a brain-lapse...

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804

    Out on foot this morning, saw a Bellevue Wife in a new Lexus GX holding a phone and yapping, in plain sight of a cop who of course didn't look - I suppose that demographic has immunity from most traffic violations. Also saw a distinct lack of turn signal use, and saw a Range Rover breeze through a fairly stale red light - another one with probably little risk of punishment.

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,333

    Discretionary enforcement is a privilege of LEO's around Bellevue, Issaquah, & Hunts Point. I imagine driving an old & former luxury barge up there might leave you with an inferior image of yourself.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    edited May 5

    By privilege, you mean dereliction of duty protected by insanely rabid unions and the untouchable blue wall, right? I imagine being completely detached from modern reality might lend one to credential-free pseudo psychobabble.

    I drive a 1 year old car and a half century old classic - both of which also are unlikely to draw LEO attention, but I don't drive like an irresponsible twit, so I am not concerned. Although it's funny to think that if I disguised myself as one of the protected set (either the upmarket SUV demographic or the investor visa devilspawn group), I could probably get away with some stuff.

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840

    A reporter would like to speak to someone who recently got into a car accident and was spared injury after the car's knee, hip, curtain and/or front airbags were deployed. If you believe a car's many airbags saved you from injury in a car accident, and you want to share your story, please send your daytime contact information to pr@edmunds.com no later than Friday, May 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804

    This morning saw a GTI occupied by a couple guys who were probably "smoking up" - both were smoking something, going very slow at around 0540. I don't know how the local LEO community plans to deal with that issue.

  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 306

    Wouldn't that qualify as a DUII?

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 5,648

    @slorenzen said: Wouldn't that qualify as a DUII?

    Here in Colorado, the legislature has to deal with the same issue. What is the legal limit of THC in the system before you are considered 'driving while high'? I think they consulted with medical experts and agreed upon a number, though I don't remember what it is.

    Also need to find out if the penalties are the same or higher than those regarding alcohol.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,840
    edited May 7

    Win friends and influence people.

    New Hampshire court allows 'COPSLIE' license plate (Yahoo)

    (If you read the story, the tagline is "Human wins".)

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    edited May 7

    Yep that's the issue, no consensus on limits, and I don't think one on testing, no word on penalties, either. One would think adjustments would come around in time for legalization, but that's how the justice system works.

    Thes wheels of said system can turn slowly

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508

    @Stever@Edmunds said: Win friends and influence people.

    Well, as sad as it is that something like this would go all the way to a state supreme court, I am in full agreement with the verdict. If a state allows personalized plates, then it is also saying that the vector is no longer strictly for the identification of vehicles.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804
    edited May 8

    Lots of phone yappers today - most memorable was a ~ 20 year old woman in grandma's pearl white 90s Town Car - the grandparents would cringe about how she is treating their old baby. Also saw a yapping Range Rover driver, as is to be expected. Dumb drivers included a burgundy Prius that made an "OMG gotta turn left oh no! OMG gotta go straight" maneuver, and an older guy in an Outback wagon who made some wobbly slow unsignaled lane changes and had poor lane positioning in general. When I pulled alongside at a light, I suggested he use his signal - he didn't flinch from his two handed deathgrip on the wheel and straight ahead stare.

    For license plates, I see "PIZDETS" is available in WA, it might not offend the idiotic censors - but I might get stalked by Lada drivers.

    Going on a little road trip starting tomorrow - most of it will be off the interstate, so it should be pretty relaxing - less LLCs once you get off I5.

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,359

    Off the Interstates is the way to go. Not only fewer idiots but there;s more of what used to be known as America there.

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,333

    No. 1 on the list of our next road trips is North to AK via BC's 37 after motoring up to Whistler first. "Go while you can".

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    edited May 8

    @euphonium said: No. 1 on the list of our next road trips is North to AK via BC's 37 after motoring up to Whistler first. "Go while you can".

    The Cassiar Highway (37) is spectacular. Not quite the drive it used to be, though. Last year they were building a massive electric transmission line along the majority of its length. I'm not sure what the generation source is (or will be), but I'm sure it is monumental as well. Unfortunately, the line follows the highway, which means much of the immediate surrounding beauty and feeling of isolation is now gone.

    I'm not sure when you plan to take this trip, but I suspect this and next summer will still be a busy time along that road because of this construction.

    The good news is that there is no bad "car route" to Alaska. The Alaska, Cassiar, and Marine highways are all fantastic in their own rights.

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,333

    Agree. We boarded the Malispina, AK Marine Hiway ship, @ Port Rupert and sailed into Skagway. From there to Dawson City, Top of World, Chicken, & Tok. Anchorage, Denali, & Ester were included after Fairbanks. 1996 was the year.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    edited May 8

    Well, shoot! You have viewed at least as much of Alaska as I have! ;)

    My first road trip to Alaska, as an adult, was August 1995. The highway was super quiet that time, and the only thing inconsiderate at all on the whole trip was a cow moose that nearly decided to become our hood ornament (and I DO mean nearly)! I drove the 1969 Econoline that trip (and the two that followed it).

    If you go on this trip sometime soon, you will be absolutely amazed at how the "new" highway they were building between Kluane Lake and the Alaska Border has fallen apart since then... assuming you drove that part of the highway and did not take the ToW highway both directions.

  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,341

    @Stever@Edmunds said: A reporter would like to speak to someone who recently got into a car accident and was spared injury after the car's knee, hip, curtain and/or front airbags were deployed.

    andres3?

    Nope, no airbags, but apparently the seat belts one time use safety tensioner was used up. I suppose it was too offset for airbags.

  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 979

    Here in Chicago, our mayor's setting the tone for considerate driving: running red lights, speeding in school zones, and getting all tickets dismissed. When asked about it, he said, "“As soon as I saw that or heard about the story, I said, ‘Look. Follow the law. Nobody’s above the law. Slow down. Period. Non-stop."... whatever that means. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=9528356

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804

    One way road trip - as expected, a few LLCs on I5, a dopey rental RAV4 LLC on 405, and maybe most annoying was an E39 that was speeding excessively and weaving around without signals of course. Got off the interstate and things calmed down, but the local truckers were probably overdoing it relative to the volume of rain.

  • jjackson12jjackson12 Posts: 36

    @fintail said: One way road trip - as expected, a few LLCs on I5, a dopey rental RAV4 LLC on 405, and maybe most annoying was an E39 that was speeding excessively and weaving around without signals of course.

    Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? -- George Carlin

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,804

    Yep, but in my case, I am always right :)

    The BMW going ~85 in a 65 traffic flow was probably a little maniacal, and the Toyota in the left lane pacing the truck in the right lane was probably being a little idiotic.

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  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 701

    @jjackson12 said:

    Actually, no.

    Anyone driving slower than me better be in a lane to the right of me.

    Anyone driving faster than me better be in a lane to the left of me.

    And for myself, I'll be in whatever lane is going close to the speed I want to drive.

  • eliaselias Posts: 1,923

    go-go-godzilla-san, when i pass you legally on the right will you speed up to try to make it less safe for me to move left again? in many states one is required to drive in rightmost available lane, while also avoiding the left lane except when passing. (cops can take negative note of those who actually follow stay-right-whenever-safe-to-do-so law, however. so be prepared for a brief detention and roadside conversation if you decide to rigorously comply with the drive-in-rightmost-available-lane law in your state!)
    sincerely, ra-ra-rodan

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