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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?
Jul 16, 2013 (10:12 am)
I hate people that accelerate from stoplights at a snails pace or merge onto freeways at dangerously low speeds because they don't have the muscle or brain power to press the throttle.
I got some joy yesterday coming home from work when someone did the opposite of dawdling from a stoplight. At a two lane left turn at a signaled intersection, when the light turned green, I was in the inside lane and accelerated briskly to say the least (that's my style). I was impressively passed by the 911 to my right taking the outside 90 degree turn left before the intersection was even completed by me.
Now that is how you accelerate and turn!
#21965 of 22396 Re: Dawdlers [andres3]
Jul 16, 2013 (10:50 am)
You need to visit Seattle, especially the eastside suburbs. This area has by far, the slowest highway mergers I have ever seen. It's a rare day when you hit a wide open 60mph road at more than 45. Note to the timid and/or inept - when a 50 year old Mercedes is close on your tail, you're going too slow.
Something else irksome is on city streets, where local "drivers" floor it off the line, but run out of steam around 30-35, even if the limit is higher.
Jul 16, 2013 (3:30 pm)
I can only wish for people to accelerate up to 30-35mph from a stoplight before petering out.
Here, they get to 15mph, then slow down to 10mph... before taking the next half-mile to get up to 35mph.
#21967 of 22396 Re: Dawdlers [gogogodzilla]
Jul 17, 2013 (2:30 pm)
I wonder if you could murder those type of drivers and claim self defense because going that slow below the speed limit you felt your life was in danger.
#21968 of 22396 Re: Dawdlers [andres3]
Jul 17, 2013 (5:45 pm)
Maybe it could be twisted into a "stand your ground" defense. In some areas anyway.
Had a pretty easy commute today, didn't see anything worse than a person who I let change lanes in front of me then dawdle at a crawl. Noticed the usual tons of phone holders while I was on foot though. I suppose why not, no enforcement to be seen.
Jul 21, 2013 (1:55 pm)
Driving on a one lane in each direction 30mph suburban street, turn lane in the middle. On the left I see a Sportage wanting to turn left out of a parking lot, and it slowly crawls out towards the center lane (legal to use it as a merging lane here). I let off the gas just a little, fearing the "driver" will just blindly come on over. Lo and behold, it happens - I hit the brake hard, lay on the horn hard, and miss her by a couple inches. I've said it a million times, time for license endorsements for any vehicle that sits high and has isolating visibility that encourages distraction. Probably some inherent issues with the "driver" too, but I will refrain in order not to offend the bleeding hearts.
Otherwise, pretty easy going here the last couple days, other than inherent slowness. Took a ~200 mile highway drive yesterday, few LLCs, a few more MLCs, and a Canadian bus that was going 70mph in a 60.
Jul 23, 2013 (8:56 am)
I don't think you have a right to go super slow (below slow limit) on the freeway exit lane just because the speed of traffic is low to the left. Campers in the left lane should not lower the speed limit in the right lane; traffic allowing of course.
Jul 23, 2013 (9:07 am)
On foot this morning, see a woman in a rental Altima make a dumb left turn out of a hotel parking lot, mobile device in hand, completely distracted. She pulls into a left turn lane about a block ahead, and stops for the blinking yellow turn light (no oncoming traffic). Civic comes up behind her and honks, which wakes her up - but by that time they both miss the light. And where is the enforcement? A couple blocks down the road, where it is downhill - speedtrapping. Serve and protect! Saw numerous other phone holders out there too, but I guess the "servants" know what is best.
#21972 of 22396 Re: . [fintail]
Jul 23, 2013 (9:36 am)
speaking of ill allocated enforcement, was on the 125 North and 125 South going from La Mesa to Santee and back yesterday.
On the way up my radar detector goes off and sure enough there's a CHP guy standing up outside and alongside his car with a big radar gun just after an upper ridge on the downhill slope.
This 125 freeway section is the least congested freeway in San Diego County, and hence, the 65 MPH speed limit is absurdly low.
20 minutes later, I'm on my way back down 125 South, and I tell my Wife no way he's in the same spot as he wouldn't waste 20 minutes generating revenue. My radar detector goes off, I'm about to eat my words, but then he's on the other side of the freeway now doing the same thing.
This time he's more visible because it's a long downhill stretch on the other side. Radar detector saw him before we could see each other though. I'm sure he just ticketed someone on the other side, took the next off ramp to turn around and set up camp.
On the freeway which needs the least amount of enforcement in all of San Diego County.......