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#21954 of 22408 Re: . [elias]
Jul 12, 2013 (9:45 am)
And when inconsiderate richie rich is acting like an idiot on public roads, I'll continue to make observations. It's an occupational hazard - if the local trust fund and investor visa gang doesn't like it, they are free to take their idiocy to a private track where it belongs. When you're out there flaunting for all to see, you have to take the good and the bad. I suspect most of them have thicker skin than the oversensitive few here who can't stand to see gold questioned, no matter how illegitimate it may be.
As if elections change any of it, puhlease
#21955 of 22408 Re: . [MrShift@Edmunds]
Jul 12, 2013 (9:48 am)
Indeed, if fines are meant to be deterrents, then they need to vary along with the level of deterrence. Average worker in his Civrolla is a lot more deterred by a $120 fine than Mr Inheritance (oh no, I am sure he "built it") n his supercar.
Although in that linked case, it does seem a bit much for a 40kph violation - would need to know circumstances. Empty road etc.
#21956 of 22408 Re: . [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 12, 2013 (10:16 am)
Pegging fines to financial status is not within the American way of life. Have you ever wondered why Lady Justice wears a blindfold.
#21957 of 22408 see you all on the interstates soon i hope (90, 95, 5, 80)
Jul 12, 2013 (10:18 am)
best wishes for good fortune and safety in the future - glad you made it through the accident/near-miss/everything, MrShift - I hope everyone involved was fortunate and OK somehow.
indeed there is an emotional reaction since we are human drivers - especially if current drivers cause reaction to previous incident.
this happened to me also through friends' tragedies a couple decades ago.
best wishes for safety out there folks.
safety on road is the really top #1 thing to be considerate about out there, each according to one's ability to consider !
sincerely, preacher elias
(preachin to the choir? ok, maybe there's just 1 choir member out there, the smallest choir ever! ) .
Jul 12, 2013 (10:53 am)
Lady Justice was originally not blindfolded, it was a latter adaption (hm, wonder who paid to have the statute redone? Sounds like Swiss bankers). (Wiki)
She's balancing the scales of truth and fairness, and doesn't seem to have any issue with the fairness of our progressive tax code. So I think an argument can be made for a sliding scale fine structure.
Jul 12, 2013 (10:58 am)
correct---Lady Justice is IMPARTIAL, that's why she is blind.
Rules are meant to be broken--that's why they put the rules in place initially. If there was no crime in that area, there would be no rule.
BAD rules are completely ignored by everyone and then cease to exist.
GOOD rules generally improve the situation
MOST rules seem to deliver a mixed bag of results.
However, since the death penalty doesn't seem to be all that much of a deterrent, I'm not sure stiff fines will deter chronic speeders who are rich...
or perhaps to some people being broke is worse than being dead?
#21960 of 22408 Re: . [MrShift@Edmunds]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 12, 2013 (11:11 am)
I'm still fighting the ticket I got in Memphis in 1979 for taking a cow up in a balloon.
Jul 13, 2013 (5:34 pm)
Today I am on a 35mph 4 lane arterial with a center turn lane divided by low concrete barriers at designated turn spots. A little ways up, a Sonata makes a free right turn, wobbles and swerves real wide, and heads for the barrier - I was certain it was either going to hit the barrier or go into the oncoming lane, and I slowed down to avoid the shrapnel. At the last second, the "driver" veers off his crash course, and starts heading up the left lane, going about 25. I reach him and start to pass, going no more than 40. Lo and behold, this gets him to hit the gas, and by the time my front window is at his front end, he's hitting the gas hard. I lay on it enough to downshift, he gives up around 45-50, and he backs off. WTH? Such typical passive-aggressive crap for this area. Should have called him in as a suspected drunk, but I think he was just eating behind the wheel.
#21962 of 22408 Another SUV data point
Jul 13, 2013 (9:27 pm)
Well, actually two. I rolled up to a red light this afternoon and was the 3rd car in line. I was in the "left" lane, with one vehicle between me and a Ford Exploder that was straddling between that lane and the dedicated left turn lane. There was also a decent queue forming in the right lane, even though it runs out just a couple hundred yards past the light.
On the left arrow (thankfully others came up in the left turn lane to trigger it) the Exploder made his left turn, and my lane edged up accordingly, so I was then alongside a Dodge Durango. The getaway was a bit slow in both lanes when the light turned green. I might have had a nose on the Durango, but not much room in front of me because the car ahead of me let the first right-lane vehicle merge in front of him. As soon as that happened, the guy in the Durango gassed it up just enough to pull clear of my front bumper, and then helped himself to the spot in front of me... NO SIGNAL... ON THE BRAKES! I laid on the horn, braked, and cheated over into the center-left-turn (aka suicide) lane. And then he brake-checked me again!
Of course, in my current post-bike-wreck condition, my sole option had he chosen to escalate things would have been to trick him into getting out of his vehicle, and then bailing at a high rate of speed, running him over if necessary.
Jul 15, 2013 (11:33 am)
I got to honk a few times this morning. First time, wide 6 lane arterial where a highway exits onto it. An Acura TL enters the arterial from the exit ramp (and he's still going 40 in a 30)~, cuts across three lanes aiming for the far left lane, where I already am. Phone to his ear - which he drops just as I hit the brakes enough to feel the ABS engage.
Then get behind a woman I won't describe in an Accord going about 15-20 in a 30, who brakes, then signals, then gets into a turn lane. Don't tip that thing over!
Then on another big arterial, posted at 35 with a center turn lane. I am going the speed limit, left lane, a lifted F150 pulls out of a parking lot to my left and heads toward the center lane - which is fine as it is legal to pull out and wait to merge here. But, he doesn't wait, he just cuts over toward me, and fast. I honk, and he swerves back. I could see a kid in the passenger seat pointing out the car (me) he almost hit. After I pass and he merges, he drives pretty fast, just to get stuck in a turn lane backup. Time for license endorsements for these vehicles.
To the dopes on the road here, I also think my car looks like a beige Corolla or something - invisible. Is a bright white car with a black top and bight LED running lights that hard to see?