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Driving pet peeves

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by KeithB, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:27 AM
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    DUI checkpoints!

    I encountered one while driving home from work on Saint Patrick's Day in 2017, and it's not something I ever want to encounter again! As a barback at a nightclub, I was probably one of the only people driving home from a bar on St. Pat's who had any business behind the wheel. I had absolutely nothing to drink, but I felt put on the spot and almost like a criminal.

    One of my coworkers at the detail shop (and a fellow Tacoma owner) is in favor of cops cracking down on drunk drivers but believe that DUI checkpoints should be illegal. His biggest gripe is that they're a waste of money, and I would definitely agree with that, among other things...

    I just don't think that I should have to answer questions from police unless I have actually done something wrong (like getting pulled over for speeding).

    Overzealous cops are one of the many reasons I hate driving at night!
     
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  2. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:35 AM
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    Totally agree.

    Check points don’t reduce incidence of drunk driving. (Its actually shown developed innercity transportation systems do... but fuck lets spend money on the unnecessary bullshit instead)

    I hate any practice that puts unconvicted individuals under scrutiny of any law enforcement to the point where we are treated as guilty until proven innocent.
    Thats why I don’t fly anymore.

    Fuck now I need a beer.
     
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  3. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:37 AM
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    As a Pennylvania resident who's lived here for more than 13 consecutive years and been a licensed driver for almost 8 of those years, I can say that I really dislike the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). They force me to pay a mechanic $60 every year to essentially tell me that my truck is in perfect working order, they tell me what I can and can't do to my truck in terms of modifications, and while I was exempt from underage drinking laws because I didn't get my driver's license until I was 22, I've lost count of how many of my friends lost their licenses for underage drinking when they were nowhere near a motor vehicle.
     
  4. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:37 AM
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  5. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:38 AM
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    PennDOT...

    Complicating and even completely ruining the lives of working middle-class men and women since 1970!
     
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  6. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:40 AM
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  7. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:41 AM
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    One thing I've noticed is that laws and regulations intended to stop illegal activity end up inconveniencing and pissing off innocent people...

    Checkpoints of any kind, with the exception of actual border checkpoints (not the stupid citizenship checkpoints within our country but the legit ones at the Canadian and Mexican borders), are unconstitutional and a bloody waste of time!
     
  8. Oct 17, 2018 at 8:47 AM
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    A close member of my family got in a serious accident because he reacted to another driver. Rolled his truck 3 or 4 times and ended up with 9 broken/fractured ribs, broken collar bone, and broken scapula.

    I drive like a damn turtle even more now because I know I have the tendency to react exactly the same in similar situations.

    Just gotta take the high road and let them be. No sense in an additional risk to life and property because someone is distracted or whatever the case may be. The risk they pose is great enough already.

    Besides, little 2.7 5spd on 285s doesn't get up and go enough to be aggressive anyway.

    Being aggravated also puts undo stress on your family and friends. It makes everyone uncomfortable or upset and rage leaves lasting emotional scars.
     
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  9. Oct 17, 2018 at 9:19 AM
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    Seriously...

    I had my driver's license for just over 6 years and never got pulled over in that time. I got my license on May 19th, 2011. I got pulled over, I believe, on either May 24th or May 26th of 2017. This was barely over 2 months after my first (and hopefully last) encounter at a DUI checkpoint, and about six months after I'd been aggressively followed and tailgated by a cop on the same stretch of road where I ended up getting pulled over, no doubt because it was late at night and he was trolling for drunks.

    So, I was kind of a dick to the cop, and I regret this, but hear me out...

    1. I have Asperger's syndrome, which is a high-functioning form of autism. Aspies have a lot of trouble dealing with changes to their normal routine (in this case getting pulled over on a road I've been driving for years without issue, when I didn't think I'd done anything wrong and I knew my truck was totally legal).

    2. My neighbor and I had just installed a $250 GPS/NAV touch-screen head unit in my truck that evening and I'd only found out after hooking it up that it did not have built-in iPod control, so I was pissed about that.

    3. As stated above, I'd had two encounters with police in the last six months where I felt I was arbitrarily harassed for "suspicion of DUI."

    4. I saw the cop in my rear view mirror, but he was such a great distance away I figured he was just responding to a call. I didn't realize he was pulling me over until I pulled over to let him by and he pulled in behind me.

    Basically, all I said "I don't know why the hell I got pulled over!" and it got me a $180 citation that would have resulted in 4 points on my license if I'd just paid it.

    The owner of the bar where I work is a damn good lawyer and he represented me at a greatly reduced cost. I apologized to the cop at the court date and we shook hands. The offense was reduced from 43 in a 25 to 5 hour, which was akin to a parking ticket and did not cost me any points. The total for lawyer fees, court costs, and the reduced fine was $650. My dad paid it all for me since I couldn't afford it at the time and it was my first ticket...

    Now, imagine if I were someone who didn't have amazing parents and know a really good attorney, who lived paycheck to paycheck. Most people probably would have had the money for the ticket, but not the lawyer. They would have paid the ticket, and then they would have gotten 4 points on their license and their insurance rates would have gone up. PennDOT knocks 3 points off your license a year as long as you don't get more points. If you wrack up more than 6 points at once, then there's a good chance your license will be suspended for weeks or even months, so that poor person loses their ability to drive to work and take their kids to school.

    What pisses me off is that the justice system targets lower-income people...
     
  10. Oct 17, 2018 at 9:32 AM
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    I put leds in my halogens and they don't blind people I've driven my dads car as he's driving my truck and it isn't blinding... New chevys and gmcs are worse

    Hella capsules do a good job of consentrating light
     
  11. Nov 1, 2018 at 7:46 AM
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    @Gr8fl

    Entitled douchebags...

    Doylestown seems to be overstocked on 'em!
     
  12. Nov 1, 2018 at 6:23 PM
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  13. Nov 7, 2018 at 5:50 PM
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    This morning, on the way to work,6:40am. Heavy high speed rush hour traffic, I trying to exit the 75+ mph traffic,and here comes this girl trying to enter the freeway doing 40 mph and get this.... she was putting her eye makeup on using the rear view mirror at the same time.
     
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  14. Nov 7, 2018 at 6:27 PM
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    Cell phone use in the vehicle is still number one problem here in GA and we have a law against it.
     
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    Cell phone usage is always a menace everywhere, but texting is downright deadly.
     
  16. Nov 8, 2018 at 5:19 PM
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    How about this. I put a lot of miles on the company car so I've seen more then my fair share of strange and dangerous stuff on the freeways of CA. Today there was this girl pulled over in the emergency lane so her dog could pee, all with 80 mph traffic whizzing by inches away.
     
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  17. Nov 15, 2018 at 10:17 AM
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    tbh id do the same nothing like urine soaked seats
     
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  18. Jan 26, 2019 at 4:32 AM
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    People who suddenly appear in the path of your vehicle and/or in your blind spot when you are attempting to back up, pull forward, or change lanes.

    Seriously! My reverse lights are on and I've already started backing up! Futhermucking wait!

    Today, on my way to work, I signaled my intent to go from the left lane to the right lane. Out of nowhere, a woman in a green Honda Accord appears right next to me. She didn't beep. She just scowled at me as she passed me, only to make a right turn into a shopping center seconds later.
     
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  19. Jan 26, 2019 at 6:34 AM
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    I'm calling out the city of DeFuniak Springs,FL... did they have a course in the Drivers Ed class that taught you to wait until the incoming vehicle is mere feet away to pull into traffic from a parking lot?!

    In a 2 mile stretch of road I had 5 idiots wait until I was right up in them before they pulled into traffic. And I was driving a raggity azz roll - off truck with no Jake and highly suspect brakes. ( it's our "my truck is being serviced and need something to drive that kinda runs" back up truck. Old worn out Mack)

    Speed limit 45 through here...
     
  20. Jan 26, 2019 at 6:57 AM
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    No, you "futhermucking" wait. As the person backing out of a parking space it is your responsibility to yield to traffic in the driving lane and only proceed when the way is clear. Reverse lights on doesn't magically give you the right of way.

    Again, regardless of whether you have your turn signal on or not, it is your responsibility to make sure the way is clear before changing lanes.

    Last night leaving the grocery store some entitled asshole pulled out of his parking space without looking as I was driving by and nearly creamed the side of my Tacoma. He at least, had the decency to roll down his window and say sorry.
     
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