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Man, after the Matt Bush thread the other day, I thought from the headline that it was Williams doing the running. Glad that wasn't the case.
I thought from the headline that it was Williams doing the running.
“There was a police car behind me and a guy in a car and he tried to get by me and he just smoked me,” he added.
I know this wasn't Williams' fault, but DON'T TALK ON YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING, PEOPLE!!!
Does the article say if Williams was talking on the cell via a hands free system?
So then you also shouldn't speak to someone in the passenger seat?
I've talked while driving for nearly a decade without even a hint of a close call, probably because I overcompensate by keeping my eyes constantly looking in all directions. I don't take anything for granted, even if I'm using my stick shift lefthanded in the middle of the conversation. If it were really all that hard, we'd be seeing accidents every minute.
The theory is that passengers are also aware of what is happening on the road, and can respond to traffic situations appropriately. That is to say, the passenger will let a driver handle a difficult situation without interfering, while someone on the phone won't. Not all drivers or passengers are good at this, of course.
I pulled up next to a guy eating a bowl of cereal in his car a few weeks ago.
No, you weren't missing anything. It's not that hard if you're six feet tall and you've been using a stick shift all your life. And it's not like I'm using my knee to turn a corner or anything.
So, just so I am fully understanding you, you drive a stick shift in a major metropolitan area while talking on a cell phone (in an area where that is illegal), and you shift with your left hand, while using your knee to steer, but it's ok, because you are slightly above average height and you are really, super attentive to your surroundings.
you drive a stick shift in a major metropolitan area while talking on a cell phone (in an area where that is illegal), and you shift with your left hand, while using your knee to steer, but it's ok
I pulled up next to a guy eating a bowl of cereal in his car a few weeks ago.
Did he proceed to get rear-ended by Frank Reynolds?
I have massive contempt for selfish idiots that drive cars in major urban areas. It places other people at risk of physical harm, and the upside is utterly trivial in almost all cases.
and the upside is utterly trivial in almost all cases.
The mindboggling stupidity of it notwithsatnding, I'm curious why Andy wouldn't just put the cell phone in his left hand and use the stick shift with his more appropriate right hand.
Or, perhaps, is he also busy masturbating with his right hand, and has the cell phone propped up on his belly, right next to the sandwich he's busy eating?
Every time I walk through an area like Dupont Circle and see the heavy traffic, I wonder who these idiots are and why they think driving through Dupont Circle is a good plan for either them or the people around them.
There is no west of the city
Hey, it's worked for me, and I've yet to have been in any collision other than when I was rearended a few times long before I had a cell phone. In fact other than a few speeding tickets my driving record is 100% clean.
Never been to SF but couldn't you live near the highway just south of SF like people do in upstate NY (read just north of NYC) and in NJ? Perhaps the drive north is slightly longer but you drive south would be shorter. Plus all of your driving in the city would be on roads built for heavy traffic and no pedestrian traffic.
In terms of cars I really hate the circles. If I'm driving I'll turn off before I hit the circles. Just an absolute horrible traffic device.
The issue isn't about it being a nightmare for a driver but that heavily populated condensed urban areas shouldn't allow cars on their roads. Period.
Yeah, Dupont Circle has too much going on. I guess I'm thinking more along the lines of side street intersections where they replace stop signs/lights with a circle.
Okay but I would imagine living in the city and driving through it to go north or south to be a pretty shvtty thing. So half the time you avoid it completely (if you split your time equally) while the other half of the time you're on the highway instead of being on city streets and then the highway.
Why should motorists be allowed to drive straight from point A to point B at speeds that make fatal accidents an impossibility...
It's easy to make blanket statements like "everyone who drives in the city is an idiot".
I would agree that anyone who owns a car in NYC is an idiot. Not only because it's a dangerous and crazy place to drive, but also because the mass transit system is excellent and renders driving largely unnecessary. Between gas, maintenance, parking, and insurance, you're almost certainly paying more as a driver than you would for an unlimited monthly subway pass.
If we had an equivalent subway/train system here in SF that would drop me relatively close to work and home, I'd happily forego my daily drive. I love the subway/train - I'd much rather sit and read for an hour every day than sit and try to avoid crazy drivers.
This too. Every time I walk through an area like Dupont Circle and see the heavy traffic, I wonder who these idiots are and why they think driving through Dupont Circle is a good plan for either them or the people around them.
I have been pleasantly surprised at how un-terrible getting around in downtown Chicago is.
Dupont Circle is more like Columbus Circle. Yes, it's a traffic circle, but no, it doesn't make anything better because of it.
How exactly is heavy traffic in Dupont so awful for pedestrians?
Um, what? Are you using your knee on the steering wheel? I am assuming I am missing something here...
Negative effects on air quality, wasted space that should be pedestrian and bikepaths, occasional injurious accidents.
I have been pleasantly surprised at how un-terrible getting around in downtown Chicago is. Don't get me wrong, the highways leading in and out of the city are often obscenely congested -- I live in River North now and can see the traffic backing up on the Dan Ryan's Ohio St. exit on a daily basis -- but actually moving around on the city streets?
Yeah, well I used to rev my '69 Beetle between the right lane and the parking lane for blocks at a time, and laughed at the suckers who were sitting there stuck in rush hour traffic. OTOH I was probably the safest driver that Central Delivery ever had.
For whatever reason, that Quarter Pounder tastes better on the passenger's seat than it does when you eat it at home.
I'm in San Francisco, and I split my time between directly north (over the GG bridge to Marin county) and directly south (down by the airport). There is no west of the city, and east of the city you could put me in a place like Walnut Creek (I'm skipping Oakland/Berkeley, since that's essentially another city and the roads are constantly packed). But if you go east, you've got to sit in bridge traffic every day, twice a day. Plus the whole east bay area up to Vallejo and out even as far as Antioch or Livermore is just a traffic nightmare most commute days. I have friends who live in Vallejo and commute from the south bay office - there are nights that it takes them 3-4 hours just to get home.
The extra time represented by the bridge crossings and additional distance driven in gridlocked traffic every day would be, assuming I don't get up at 5 AM to go to work when the roads are relatively clear, probably 1.5-2 hours a day assuming average traffic.
Since this is sort of a DC traffic thread, I'll just throw in that our Metro people are now putting signs up directing people to stations that are not open yet.
driving in DC is a really poorly thought out idea that indicates poor planning. Everywhere in this city is easily accessible by metro.
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