Impatient, dangerous & needless when there's no real heavy traffic. All to jump 2-3 spots on the road.
Merging onto another highway yesterday, guy jumps in the closing merge lane & proceeds to pass 2-3 cars in the shoulder at around 20mph faster than we were moving.
I've done it in an emergency, guy pulled out in front of me (while I was at 60-70 mph on a 2 lane rd with barely car-width shoulders) and my choices were to hit him, move into oncoming traffic or pass on the shoulder.
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Everything BUT the shoulder...
He didn't use the shoulder but I watched a guy make 5 lane changes on a bumper to bumper 4 lane Interstate to advance two spots in front of me. Cars were stacked up for as far as you could see and I figured he caused all that commotion to save maybe 3 seconds. Nope. I was wrong, just a few miles down the road I passed him back as he maneuvered to exit so he saved absoutly nothing.
Deplorable before deplorable was cool!
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Sounds Like every day traffic around here. Especially on the Rt. 234 Bypass. Speed limit is 55. If you drive at 55 you have a LOT of other drivers honking, waving their arms etc. Average actual speed is in excess of 70. Groups of cars 10-20 running bumper to bumper, both lanes. One of these days there will be a massive pile up. And that does not even consider the 18 wheelers that tailgate cars and other trucks
Today, I was on that road, saw SIX! 18 wheelers in one bunch. 3 in each lane, in what seemed to be some kind of sporting event. Had at least 100 cars backed up behind them.
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I'll pull into the shoulder to stop assholes. In heavy traffic you'll sit with the rest of us, fuckwit.
If you aren't an emergency vehicle, you don't do this.
I've also blocked traffic _for_ emergency vehicles, because I actually use my rear view mirrors.
People who pass on the shoulder, or who pull behind emergency vehicles ahead of where they were, should all be rounded up and used as road base.
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Sometime a couple of years ago, I was in the right hand lane (to take the next exit), which was moving slowly, left lane was pretty clear. Semi in front of me, and I was not on the semi's bumper. Guy comes flying in the left lane, cuts between me and the semi to get to the shoulder to beat everybody else to the exit, and slammed full speed into the ass end of a semi stopped on the shoulder.
AN ENCROACHMENT ON THE RIGHTS OF ONE OF US IS AN ENCROACHMENT ON THE RIGHTS OF ALL OF US.
Killed a good friend of mine riding her bicycle on a wide shoulder. He was drunk, under age, and driving on a suspended license (DWI). He got 20 years.
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Just this morning, I stopped at a stop light. I was first in line. 2 cars behind me, an SUV pulls out into the shoulder, makes a right turn at the light, immediately pulls U-turn across double, double yellow solid lines to make another right turn (ie - to go straight ahead from where I am).
Light turns green 15 seconds later.
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One of the better times I observed Karma In Action was a to see a guy go barreling down the shoulder to bypass traffic and get to the turn lane. The sheriff's deputy he passed about three cars from the light wasn't amused. Whatever engagement the guy was late for, well I dare say he was quite a bit later.
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What you described isn't completely the shoulder - speed the heck up!
Yes, I'm kidding.
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From someone who has to occasionally drive a loaded 18 wheeler we are regulated to only drive 11 hours a day, mandatory 30 minute break before 8 hours and most company’s for insurance reasons govern us to 60-65 mph. Most of the drivers you see on the road get paid by the mile and not paid well. You’re talking 30-40 cents a mile. With a the regulations and governors a good week is 2400-3000 miles. After taxes not much money for the job.
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No bonus pennies for being an asshole?
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Similar behavior, albeit not on a shoulder, happens every morning on I-64E just west of the Bryan Park interchange. The merge lane is avoided by most regular commuters, since we all know it ends. But, some people, "those" people, use the lane to zoom forward a dozen spaces.
I think we are disappointed in these people because of our innate sense of fair play, as well as a desire that community have greater importance than the self.
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You forgot the ones using the service lane at exits to gain 20 to 100 car lengths. There should be an award for such stupidness.
One of the worst is the merge locations with an yield sign. Around here, they fail to yield and jam up the exit for ones getting off the road. I got a ticket for driving over the fog line to get around them last year which costs me $100.
The worst location is on I64 west at Charlottesville. I couldn't get off safely several years ago and had to go six miles to the next exit and circle back.
In the mid 70's, CA put stop lights at these merge locations to regulate incoming traffic.
I saw a new (to me) jackwad lane jumper trick the other day: Resort town, main drag, two lane, 35mph. I was first in line at a stop light with an empty left turn lane. When the light turned green, I heard a roar behind me and glanced at my rear view mirror. The jackwad was 4 cars behind me. He had floored his 4WD PU into the left turn lane and passed us all in the intersection!
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Coming out of Dayton I saw and heard an AMG63 pass a car going 65 on the left shoulder.
I thought to myself....wow what a car.....then...what an asshole
Watch some Russian driving videos on YouTube sometime. They pass everywhere and anywhere! Pretty much have wrecks everywhere too.
Had someone do this to me the other day -
I was on my vintage motorcycle, one lane in each direction, shoulder on each side.
I slowed to turn right into a parking lot. Before slowing this putz comes up on my butt. As I slow I put my arm up in the sign an “L” for a right turn. Remember those? No turn signals on my bike. Weren’t required in those days.
As I start to turn right this putz zooms by me, on the RIGHT. I’m not dead, but I could be.
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