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      09-10-2012 07:07 PM #26
      Sometimes stopping in the middle of the highway can't be helped, often thanks to aholes that won't let you move over to the shoulder.
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      never thought once to use my lefty for the brake. sorry in my opinion it is dumb.

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      09-10-2012 07:14 PM #27
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      I just don't believe most people grasp how dangerous an expressway is. I saw a young guy hiking on the shoulder yesterday. Hopefully cops picked him up. How would you not know this is illegal? Do you ever see anyone walking on them? I know I don't!
      Its not illegal in Utah... Unsafe, but legal. Usually HWP will pick people off and shuttle them off the freeway if they are found.

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      09-10-2012 07:21 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by David802 View Post
      Its not illegal in Utah... Unsafe, but legal. Usually HWP will pick people off and shuttle them off the freeway if they are found.
      Yep, it's typically legal along highways, and rarely legal on interstates too. Walking the side of either sucks as it's so loud you can't hear a damn thing.
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      never thought once to use my lefty for the brake. sorry in my opinion it is dumb.

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      09-10-2012 07:26 PM #29
      I ran into a pair of winners who crashed an old Buick while drunk/high on a connector to Route 9. They stumbled into the road as I came by and I spent a whole 30 seconds pausing before speeding off. Human spirit of kindness be damned I wasn't about to be car jacked by some rolling white trash.

      They had left the car behind and I found them near the overpass beyond... funny because after that the connector merges with the highway meaning they should have been walking back the way they came. Instead they would be forced to cross the highway on foot.....
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      09-11-2012 09:09 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by mx5er View Post
      I was watching the TV broadcast of the ALMS race in Baltimore and I noticed something on the overhead shot of the street circuit.

      On a stretch of overhead highway, which I believe is I95, several cars were parked on the shoulder and people were watching the race leaning against the guard rail

      I'm pretty sure it's I95 since that stretch of highway was between the Raven's stadium and Camden Yards. Bunch of morons The shoulder is barely wide for one car. But for some reason, traffic was light. I guess it was b/c of the holiday weekend.
      If it was between Raven's stadium and Camden Yards it was I395, that is just a short spur that goes into Baltimore, and was mostly blocked off for the race. I95 doesn't go anywhere near those two stadiums.

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      09-11-2012 09:39 AM #32
      On my last trip to Big Ol' Texas I found a Couch in the middle of I-10 outbound Houston, and a Muffler and exhaust pipes of another vehicle that broke its driveshaft in the same I-10 to Baytown

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      09-11-2012 09:48 AM #33
      What kills me us when people pull to the shoulder within sight of an exit during bad weather. If you are incapable of driving in the environment and/or do not have a properly equipped vehicle for the conditions then get the hell off the road altogether.

      How stupid do you have to be to think, " I can't see ****, maybe if I park a foot to the side of the road It will work out in my favor"
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    9. 09-11-2012 10:47 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      Not sure what I think to be honest. A close friend of mine in high school died trying to change a flat tire on the side of the highway. A truck hit him on the shoulder and killed him. I think I would just try to get off the highway or at least get WAY over on to the shoulder.
      I remember getting a large nail in my tire on the interstate. I pulled over onto the left shoulder when I started hearing some serious banging (thought the wheel might be coming loose). After seeing what it was, I drove on the flat across the highway to the largest part of the shoulder I could find (and then some) so my butt wouldn't be sticking out into traffic.
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      09-11-2012 11:59 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by rs4-380 View Post
      What kills me us when people pull to the shoulder within sight of an exit during bad weather. If you are incapable of driving in the environment and/or do not have a properly equipped vehicle for the conditions then get the hell off the road altogether.

      How stupid do you have to be to think, " I can't see ****, maybe if I park a foot to the side of the road It will work out in my favor"
      I witnessed this very thing a week ago. I was travelling on US30 where its 55mph/four lanes and you could see the freakin' exit less than a 1/4 mile away! All I could think was "what the hell is wrong with you people???"
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      09-11-2012 12:09 PM #36
      I once was driving home and a lady in an A4 wagon was broken down (ran out of gas) in one of the middle lanes before an interchange pretty late at night in sparse traffic. I drove around her, and pulled over to see if she needed help in what I thought was a pretty dangerous position. Traffic was light enough that I got out and tried unsuccessfully to push her car as it was on a grade. I asked her if she thought it might be safer to wait at the side of the road but she said the cops told her to wait in her car until her husband got there with gas. I said okay and left not wanting to contribute anymore to that situation

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      09-11-2012 12:28 PM #37
      We have had TWO people killed on the same stretch of I35 here in Austin not stopping, but get this, RUNNING ACROSS EIGHT LANES! The best part is that is an elevated highway, they could have gone under it. Not to mention they had to climb walls to do this, I just cant imagine why you would cross such a busy interstate, at night.

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      09-11-2012 12:38 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Horror Business View Post
      One of my mom's co-workers was involved in a an accident where a family broke down on a 2 lane highway (I-81). The family broke down rolling to a crawl and stopped, leaving the car in the right lane of a 65mph 2 lane highway.... yes you heard right. This co-worker woman came upon the broken down vehicle abruptly, in the same right lane and panicked by swerving to the right. She swerved immediately to the right of the vehicle, where a young girl stood waiting with the family. The child was pretty much road kill after that.

      Nobody knows if the woman had no choice but to swerve right but the whole story still makes me feel sorry for the child for having parents so stupid that they would break down in the highway lane and then not immediately get away to a safe spot.

      The family ended up receiving a large amount of cash from the woman's insurance company. Something like over one hundred grand. Now the woman has to deal with outrageous insurance rates and coping with the fact she killed a child due to some parents stupidity.

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      I really hope your mom's coworker is doing as good as can be expected in coping with that sort of tragedy.
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    14. 09-11-2012 12:42 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by arethirdytwo View Post
      We have had TWO people killed on the same stretch of I35 here in Austin not stopping, but get this, RUNNING ACROSS EIGHT LANES! The best part is that is an elevated highway, they could have gone under it. Not to mention they had to climb walls to do this, I just cant imagine why you would cross such a busy interstate, at night.
      What about the kid that was killed a few weeks ago running across the highway right next to the pedestrian walk way. Rather than take the nice bridge across the highway they just hopped over the k-rails and darted out into traffic.
      People just do not think.

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      09-11-2012 12:50 PM #40
      Missed that one! I always see people running across 183 east of 35 and yup, they are running UNDER a pedestrian walk way. Blows my mind!

      Quote Originally Posted by Air-over-water View Post
      What about the kid that was killed a few weeks ago running across the highway right next to the pedestrian walk way. Rather than take the nice bridge across the highway they just hopped over the k-rails and darted out into traffic.
      People just do not think.

    16. 09-11-2012 01:04 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by arethirdytwo View Post
      Missed that one! I always see people running across 183 east of 35 and yup, they are running UNDER a pedestrian walk way. Blows my mind!
      I do not like when I need to take 183, such a bad mix of crazy drivers and random people walking across the highway. But taking 130/45 all the time does add up with tolls, yet it is much quicker.

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      09-11-2012 01:11 PM #42
      Seriously though, that and 35 I can do without. We live in NW hills and my office is on 360, she works at Apple so luckily we never end up on that side of 183/35.

      Quote Originally Posted by Air-over-water View Post
      I do not like when I need to take 183, such a bad mix of crazy drivers and random people walking across the highway. But taking 130/45 all the time does add up with tolls, yet it is much quicker.

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      10-06-2012 01:29 PM #43
      My dad had a teacher once who lost his leg on the side of a highway. Apperantly back in the day, you would have to pick up your ticket from the cop who pulled you over. So heres this guy, going to the cop who pulled him over to get his ticket (probably for something trivial) and gets hit by a car and loses his leg. At least the cop did what he could to help the man, Dr.s said that without the immediate attention he received from the cop he would have DOA.
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      10-06-2012 01:59 PM #44
      being a young driver I always try to stay as far right as possible if someone is occupying the shoulder. it seems like a no brainer to get away from someone on the shoulder. if the walk onto the highway not only do you kill someone but you also **** up your car...
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      10-06-2012 02:26 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by .andreas View Post
      being a young driver I always try to stay as far right as possible if someone is occupying the shoulder. it seems like a no brainer to get away from someone on the shoulder. if the walk onto the highway not only do you kill someone but you also **** up your car...
      uh.... doesn't this put you CLOSER to the shoulder where they are? (or perhaps you are talking about the left shoulder of an interstate.)
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      10-06-2012 02:42 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by TopDown_ View Post
      uh.... doesn't this put you CLOSER to the shoulder where they are? (or perhaps you are talking about the left shoulder of an interstate.)
      maybe he meant the left shoulder? The highways here have a slight gap on the left. Once my friends mk3 Jetta stalled in the far left lane. We got out and pushed it all the way to the right shoulder. On a 3 lane highway.
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