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basswipe
07-16-2012, 04:06 PM
I've pretty much had it.

Everyday for the past 4yrs I pull onto Village Way from E.Main Rd in Portsmouth to get my dad's paper and to make sure he's good for the day.For those familiar you know there's a bank on the left and a Dunkin on the right and the road continues onto into my dad's neighborhood.

Why do so many people assume that I'm going to turn right into DDs(as my right directional is not blinking) and run the perfectly clear stop sign at the exit of the DDs parking lot!:realmad:

One of these times included this morning and I got the finger!ME!!!

I wish one off these aholes would stop so I can ask them how its MY #^&#^&#^&#^&ING fault they ran the stop sign.I need an answer,this is the kind of sh!t that keeps me awake at night.:wall:

Pete F.
07-16-2012, 04:29 PM
Prepare to RAM, my wife gets upset when I say that!

striperman36
07-16-2012, 05:15 PM
Happens to me on 123 and 495. Because I am turning left onto the on ramp, cars on the off ramp from 495 think they can pass In front of me to go north on 123 , I get the finger when I pull to make my turn even with a directional. People are nuts
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Raider Ronnie
07-16-2012, 05:42 PM
I don't think there is a person left on the roads that slows down for a yellow lights.
Turn signals, I would bet let than 30% on the road use them.
Then there is the crowd who run the break down lane to jump the light when it turns red.
I also don't think the police give a crap, they are too busy on their cell phones.

PRBuzz
07-16-2012, 06:11 PM
Running the stop light ranks right up there with "right on red", why do I have to stop.....:smash:

Dick Durand
07-16-2012, 08:20 PM
Noone exits my Narragansett neighborhood onto Pt. Judith Rd without checking very carefully when the traffic light turns green. Everyone is in a hurry to get to the beach, catch the BI ferry, or they simply don't care about red lights, despite the fact that the road is heavily patrolled.

Nebe
07-16-2012, 10:32 PM
Basswipe, this is why many whode Eyewundahs put their "blinkah" on at the very moment that they turn.
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JohnR
07-17-2012, 06:43 AM
I live far from the main drag but 1 house up from me is an intersection with stop signs on just the cross street and not on my street.

For years we had the occasional accident but for the most part people would slow down near the Stop Sign.

Last year and getting far worse this year a lot of people never slow down. 30-40mph (on a 25 road) and entirely blowing through the stop sign, no kiss of the brakes at all.

Just a matter of time.

spence
07-17-2012, 07:09 AM
I hate this. The one running down to Riverside Marine in Tiverton is particularly bad. My wife was hit at it once and I've been nearly leveled on my bike several times. The excuse the locals give is that there never used to be one there...yea, like 20 years ago :fury:

People fly down the hill with 25 foot boats in tow, like they think they could stop if a kid ran out.

Now with the changes from the bridge construction it's worse. There are two stop signs both heading downward and people keep blowing off both thinking they have visibility to their right. What they don't get is that running the stop sign naturally pulls them left because they're trying to get a better view and takes them into the other lane that doesn't stop.

An offset collision is going to happen.

-spence

Piscator
07-17-2012, 08:00 AM
Ambulance chasers in traffic are the worst. People have no shame. Seeing an Ambulance in traffic and the slalom course behind it makes me sick…………

Pete_G
07-17-2012, 10:43 AM
Agree completely with the sentiments in this thread.

Seems like the aggression, disregard for basic rules of the road, and general incompetence has really been taken up a level or two in the past few years. I love driving but it's an increasingly scary experience. I got hit in my car a little over a month ago on West Main Road by some idiot who shouldn't be licensed. It would take too long to explain the full scope of his idiocy, but let's just say it didn't take long to come down as 100% his fault.

Additionally when I head out on the bike (or car) I can't even leave my street without passing over a "POI" spray painted in the road. 2 dead cyclists in 3 months within a mile of my house.

Police presence, never mind actual enforcement, seems minimal at best. Not sure if it's a result of reduced budgets or what.

JohnnyD
07-17-2012, 11:18 AM
Police presence, never mind actual enforcement, seems minimal at best. Not sure if it's a result of reduced budgets or what.
A lack of enforcement of *all* traffic laws, as opposed to just speeding, seems to be the problem. At any intersection with a traffic light, a cop could have a field day pulling people over for running a yellow or red light. Towns with tough enforcement get known quickly. Just look at how much "Do Not Speed At All Through Eastham" is common knowledge.

Offshore24
07-17-2012, 11:34 AM
There's a light in front of our office, fugetaboutit. They run it with people in the crosswalk. Long straight road, in the city, numerous lights, sometimes 5 seconds go by and they drive right thru like it wasn't even there.

spence
07-17-2012, 11:42 AM
Or people don't even know the law.

Did you guys know In RI it's illegal to pass a bicycle on a double yellow line road unless you give them around 3 to 4feet?
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Mike P
07-17-2012, 12:04 PM
Ambulance chasers in traffic are the worst. People have no shame. Seeing an Ambulance in traffic and the slalom course behind it makes me sick…………

It's expected in NY---more the rule than the exception. Closely followed by the "run all the way to the closed lane barrier and then force your way into the line of people who merged" dick move.

Mike P
07-17-2012, 12:07 PM
Or people don't even know the law.

Did you guys know In RI it's illegal to pass a bicycle on a double yellow line road unless you give them around 3 to 4feet?
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I know that, but I don't insist on it. Give me 2 feet and I'm happy. I had a van pass me close enough to brush me with his passenger side mirror recently, on a side road in Falmouth.

The other annoyance is the guy who has room to pass, a clear oncoming lane, and just sits there letting me know how annoyed he is at me "holding him up".

JackK
07-17-2012, 12:13 PM
It really is bad out there. I don't know if it's honest ignorance or just not giving a crap, but the end result is the same.

I firmly believe it's moon related. I can tell when the full/new moon is coming because the Gloucester drivers start going nuts... Running stops, cutting pedestrians and drivers off, doing the creep (you know what it is), weaving off the road, speeding, etc... Happens like clockwork- started seeing it strong yesterday.

But my biggest pet peeve is the lack of blinker usage. I find it amazing how many MA drivers seem to not know what that little lever next to their steering wheel does. I was driving into work one day, and the entire route I was behind a car that didn't use their blinker once (and there are quite a few turns on the way). He pulled into my building, and I parked nearby... I made sure to tell him in a concerned voice that he should take his car to the shop, because his turn signals were broken. What a dirty look I got :hihi:

fishbones
07-17-2012, 01:16 PM
A couple weeks ago I rear ended a chick who sped up then stopped short in the middle of an intersection at a green light because her "gps stopped working". I had looked down for a split second to turn down the AC and didn't have a chance to stop. I doubt her gps story because right when I hit her, I saw her typing on her phone and then she put it down quickly before getting out to see if there was any damage. I've averaged over 40K miles per year for the last 18 years or so and had been driving for 24 years without ever being in an accident.

Jimbo
07-17-2012, 02:56 PM
My family frequently expresses displeasure driving with me because if I see someone distracted on a cell phone while driving I may yell as loud as I can, "Get off the bleeping, expletive, expletive phone and just drive," which in the warmer months they will hear me.
But on the topic of stop signs or stop lights I am frequently frustrated by how many people feel that the "right on red" concept doesn't mean they need to make a complete stop and observe before completing the turn. I go thru two on the way to work and if I make a complete stop I'm apt to have some idiot behind me lean on the horn. When that happens, I feel the need to be concerned about the safety of my fellow drivers and I remain stopped until the light turns green (and hopefully I have really pi$$ed horatio hornblower off.
There's so many Stupid Driver Tricks, Letterman could make it a weekly segment.

Swimmer
07-18-2012, 11:52 AM
The # 1 problem is the driver of course, but the underlying cause is that thier is no enforcement of the traffic laws. I ran into a dear friend of mine about 8 months ago and he was telling me, after I asked what he's been up to, that he was doing a survey of area police departments ticket writing numbers. This guy is a Lt. on an area pd. He told me that the numbers are down 60 % to 80 %. The excuse the guys are using is the economy. That to me is the biggest BS story I ever heard. It is pure laziness. When the economy improves does anyone really think these people are going to get of the azzes and write citations, I think not. Everyone complains about route 24 being dangerous. But when is the last time anyone saw a trooper stopping a vehicle for a violation? Same goes for the locals. It is difficult to find a cruiser on patrol, which means they are hanging around the station. Listen to your scanners. You might hear the police at a crash, but you never hear the cruisers dispatched to the crash, because they are at the station, and no intiial dispatch to the crash occurred.

The Dad Fisherman
07-18-2012, 12:07 PM
Sometimes, when reading this board, I think south of Boston is a whole different world.

I see cruisers constantly on I-95 both in MA and NH. I also see the locals constantly out pulling people over in the local communities around my way, Georgetown, Groveland, Topsfield, Rowley.

I get good service at the Dunkin Donuts around our area too...:hihi:

basswipe
07-18-2012, 04:17 PM
I guess for me what frustrates me the most is that I'm doing the right thing and other driver is doing the wrong thing and yet in the other drivers' mind it is somehow my fault.

I really need an answer for this line of thought when it comes to the offending driver who believes he is right.Dr. Phil?

striperman36
07-18-2012, 05:10 PM
I guess for me what frustrates me the most is that I'm doing the right thing and other driver is doing the wrong thing and yet in the other drivers' mind it is somehow my fault.

I really need an answer for this line of thought when it comes to the offending driver who believes he is right.Dr. Phil?

water ballons

Raven
07-19-2012, 04:31 AM
TDF is getting serviced @ DD's http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c66/ravenob1/sign-GUYS/3d-smiley-1.jpg

what gets my goat is hit and runs while your shopping

then later..... your walking around the passenger side of your car
and here is this new friggan DENT with a streak of white paint on it :fury:

JohnR
07-19-2012, 07:00 AM
The other day at my intersection a guy is riding his Harley down the road (no stop sign) when a small SUV blows through on the cross street (with stop sign) - just misses crushing guy on Harley. Clearly SUV's fault. Harley guy was obviously pi$$ed

He remained pi$$ed for the next several minutes because HE did not pay attention while banging a Uturn on the road and almost got run over by a van driving properly down the road.

People are effing idiots behind the wheel.

Piscator
07-19-2012, 08:16 AM
People are effing idiots behind the wheel.

and handle bars :)

Sea Dangles
07-19-2012, 09:02 AM
I think bicycles should only be allowed on sidewalks. Pet peeve is when they ride side by side instead of single file. Eff them,future hood ornaments.

justplugit
07-19-2012, 09:59 AM
I give motorcyles and bikes a wide birth, ridden both,not anymore, and experienced the dangers.
Always give the rice burners a really large lead as you never know when
they will go down when they start weaving in and out of traffic at lightning
speeds. There are days when I see them moving over 100mph thru traffic
and wonder if they will be alive at the end of the day. Invincible. :hs:

Pete_G
07-19-2012, 01:23 PM
He told me that the numbers are down 60 % to 80 %.

I guess I haven't been imagining it then.

Newport and Middletown could possibly pull themselves out of their economic holes with a little enforcement along 1st Beach.

A dozen worth of 45 in a 25 tickets each day with minimal effort would in no way be an exaggeration, more they spent some time there. Not bad money at the end of the year.

I'm FAR from pro-speed trapping, but a little roughing up of gross violators is in order around here.

tysdad115
07-19-2012, 02:03 PM
How about when they run a stop sign/red light ,cut you off with no one behind you then immediately turn left? Of course they have to stop and wait for oncoming traffic to stop to complete their turn so you have to stop and wait for them to turn? That really pisses me off.

GregW
07-20-2012, 07:44 PM
I know that, but I don't insist on it. Give me 2 feet and I'm happy. I had a van pass me close enough to brush me with his passenger side mirror recently, on a side road in Falmouth.

The other annoyance is the guy who has room to pass, a clear oncoming lane, and just sits there letting me know how annoyed he is at me "holding him up".

When running, I always notice it is the obese people who find it necessary to almost brush you with their car. Why? I have no clue, but it's almost always the case.

fishbones
07-20-2012, 08:11 PM
When running, I always notice it is the obese people who find it necessary to almost brush you with their car. Why? I have no clue, but it's almost always the case.

Greg, I did that because I recognized you and was trying to scare you. It had nothing to do with me being obese.
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GregW
07-20-2012, 08:35 PM
Greg, I did that because I recognized you and was trying to scare you. It had nothing to do with me being obese.
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Didn't realize that was you. I didn't think it was possible for you to drive a girlier car, but you proved me wrong.

spence
07-20-2012, 08:37 PM
Didn't realize that was you. I didn't think it was possible for you to drive a girlier car, but you proved me wrong.

Was it the yellow Sebring convertible again?
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fishbones
07-20-2012, 09:18 PM
Was it the yellow Sebring convertible again?
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No, I have a purple Volkswagen bug now. Complete with the tulips in the dashboard. The Sebring wasn't gay enough.
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GregW
07-21-2012, 08:14 AM
No, I have a purple Volkswagen bug now. Complete with the tulips in the dashboard. The Sebring wasn't gay enough.
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It was actually a pink cabriolet with tulips on the dash, your other car?

spence
07-21-2012, 11:47 AM
It was actually a pink cabriolet with tulips on the dash, your other car?

Good call on the tulips, that's FB for sure.

It certainly wasn't me, I always drive with the tulip in my bearing teeth at high speed.

-spence

Swimmer
07-21-2012, 07:25 PM
I like the old fogies who drive 20 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. speed zone, then pick up speed approaching the stop sign and drive by it like it isn't there.

JohnnyD
07-21-2012, 08:45 PM
I like the old fogies who drive 20 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. speed zone, then pick up speed approaching the stop sign and drive by it like it isn't there.
Of the three recent incidents in which I've almost been T-Boned, every single one of them has been an incident where my light turned green and some gray-haired grandma or grandpa blasted through the intersection as if there wasn't even a light.

Swimmer
07-22-2012, 12:21 PM
Of the three recent incidents in which I've almost been T-Boned, every single one of them has been an incident where my light turned green and some gray-haired grandma or grandpa blasted through the intersection as if there wasn't even a light.


Invariably it was the old folks most of the time who hit vehicles next to them in grocery store parking lots and took off. Not all the time, but more often than not.

JohnnyD
07-22-2012, 04:27 PM
Invariably it was the old folks most of the time who hit vehicles next to them in grocery store parking lots and took off. Not all the time, but more often than not.
Probably concerned about losing their license. As I'm sure you're all too aware, most people I meet over 75 have no business driving.

Rockfish9
07-23-2012, 11:16 AM
Sometimes, when reading this board, I think south of Boston is a whole different world.

I see cruisers constantly on I-95 both in MA and NH. I also see the locals constantly out pulling people over in the local communities around my way, Georgetown, Groveland, Topsfield, Rowley.

I get good service at the Dunkin Donuts around our area too...:hihi:

Absolutly kevin... my ride to the boat each night is 30 minutes.. give or take... the majority on I 95.... I NEVER see less than 3 troopers... either pulling someone over.. or sitting waiting to pounce...When i get off on Scotland rd. ( or drive it going home @ 1 or 2AM).. I am sure to see a cruiser( local) parked with a customer or laying in wait at least two nights a week... twice on Saturday nights in the last few years, I have had to go through road blocks after mid night to get home.. my town ( Reading) has a cruiser parked( no lights engine running) on haverhill st. at least one night a week... all that said... the average driver today is far more disrespectfull of other drivers than they were 20 years ago... they are also more distracted as well...

FishermanTim
07-23-2012, 12:10 PM
I don't want to change the overall tone of this post, but there's also the contingency of new drivers that take drivers ed classes, where they are only taught how to pass the test.
Not all driver's ed schools are guilty of this, but there seems to be quite a few immigrant drivers that seem to have no clue on how to drive.

I also agree that turn signals are used as often as hemmeroid creme, they're both considered a pain in the a$$.

Now with the ineffective law enforcement, new driving laws (texting & cell phones) that will equally be ignored, and ignorant drivers I'm constantly looking out for #1 when driving, because if I don't I can't rely on the law to!!!!

Jimbo
07-23-2012, 04:06 PM
Fisherman Tim, that very last comment is exactly why I have an extra camera in the car with me wherever I go. Ya never know if the "other guy" is going to lie through his teeth, take off or what.

striperman36
07-23-2012, 05:49 PM
Mount the go pro in the vehicle
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Raven
07-23-2012, 05:51 PM
Fisherman Tim, that very last comment is exactly why I have an extra camera in the car with me wherever I go. Ya never know if the "other guy" is going to lie through his teeth, take off or what.





imagine this.... your driving behind an oil delivery truck that has come to a stop and your waiting to go around them
except for on coming traffic you have to wait... on one car.
next thing ya know...
its (oil truck) backing up into you and pushing you backwards like a bulldozer

RRRRRRR,RRRRRRRR,RRRRRRR

you cannot escape because now the doors wont open because the front fenders have been pushed slightly (1/2 inch) over the front door edge's locking them up.

screaming out the window, honking the horn and depressing the brake hasn't accomplished a thing so after 200 feet of being pushed backwards in park

...finally turning of the steering wheel brings the rear of the vehicle into the oil truck drivers view. They stop and start driving away.

when the policeman arrives the Officer accuses you of speeding and skidding 200 feet in a perfectly straight line and crashing into the back of the oil truck.

This happened to me -and when i drive- i like having a camera.

Swimmer
07-24-2012, 09:09 AM
[QUOTE=FishermanTim;949938]

I also agree that turn signals are used as often as hemmeroid creme, they're both considered a pain in the a$$./QUOTE]


It is extremely difficult for people to use turn signals when they are using thier cell phones, c'mon man.

Raven
07-24-2012, 09:25 AM
[QUOTE=FishermanTim;949938]

I also agree that turn signals are used as often as hemmeroid creme, they're both considered a pain in the a$$./QUOTE]


It is extremely difficult for people to use turn signals when they are using thier cell phones, c'mon man.

maybe they could make an app for that :uhuh:

striperman36
07-24-2012, 01:35 PM
I almost had a benz creme in the ass this am, driving holding the phone in the left hand on the right ear, trying to steer with the right.
Suprised she didn't have a starbuck's with a straw.

They make headsets, I use my Jabra all the time. I normally do my AM and PM conf calls from the Jeep

Swimmer
07-24-2012, 02:24 PM
Hey, about 39 years ago I chased a guy on route 27 into Brockton who was steering with his left knee while he using both hands to load a .38 caliber S & W snubby. I finally stopped him, and I'm still here, so we all know how that turned out.

Raven
07-24-2012, 02:35 PM
Striperman36 = Jabraman :rotf2:

Raven
07-24-2012, 02:38 PM
Hey, about 39 years ago I chased a guy on route 27 into Brockton who was steering with his left knee while he using both hands to load a .38 caliber S & W snubby. I finally stopped him, and I'm still here, so we all know how that turned out.

I drove almost across the whole state of Texas with my knees

i was too busy doing something else.... that requires two hands. -lol

and glad that pistol loading guy scenario worked out well for ya Frank

striperman36
07-24-2012, 03:36 PM
I still fail to understand how anyone can get going the WRONG direction on a major highway.
A young lady from Mansfield was laid to rest this past Sunday, after she managed to do so at 0400 one fine morning last week.

yeah, you can say the operating under the influence thing, but I don't have any idea about that.

Mansfield and Rhode Island residents identified killed in fatal Rt. 24 crash - Mansfield, MA - Mansfield News (http://www.wickedlocal.com/mansfield/news/x42013909/Mansfield-and-Rhode-Island-residents-identified-killed-in-fatal-Rt-24-crash#axzz21Zfj6VRl)

JohnnyD
07-24-2012, 04:32 PM
I still fail to understand how anyone can get going the WRONG direction on a major highway.
A young lady from Mansfield was laid to rest this past Sunday, after she managed to do so at 0400 one fine morning last week.

yeah, you can say the operating under the influence thing, but I don't have any idea about that.
0400 Sunday morning, which means after Saturday night drinking. Also if I read the report correctly, she was *traveling* down the wrong side of the highway with the median to her right for who knows how long. There's no way you could convince me alcohol was not a factor in this crash. Same with the high school girl that unfortunately died a few months ago.

striperman36
07-24-2012, 04:55 PM
0400 Sunday morning, which means after Saturday night drinking. Also if I read the report correctly, she was *traveling* down the wrong side of the highway with the median to her right for who knows how long. There's no way you could convince me alcohol was not a factor in this crash. Same with the high school girl that unfortunately died a few months ago.

I hear ya, she also had a passenger. As I said, I can't see it the circumstances as you say are just disturbing.

spence
07-24-2012, 04:58 PM
I still fail to understand how anyone can get going the WRONG direction on a major highway.
A young lady from Mansfield was laid to rest this past Sunday, after she managed to do so at 0400 one fine morning last week.


The other death (John LaChapelle) was my next door neighbors nephew. They got off early to hit the race in New Hampshire.

He survived the crash and died in the burning car as he was pinned.

What a terrible way to go.

-spence

Raven
07-24-2012, 07:03 PM
Sometimes it's because of SLEEP deprivation and what "seems" like
logical reality is just an illusion ,,, and the driver is on Automatic pilot

bostonharbor
07-24-2012, 10:52 PM
I passed the scene on the way to rose island.it was horrible.hail Mary's were said.
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JohnnyD
07-25-2012, 07:29 AM
what "seems" like
logical reality is just an illusion
Reading your posts for a few years now, the above sounds like a typical day in the life of Raven.

Van
07-25-2012, 09:38 AM
[QUOTE=FishermanTim;949938]

I also agree that turn signals are used as often as hemmeroid creme, they're both considered a pain in the a$$./QUOTE]


It is extremely difficult for people to use turn signals when they are using thier cell phones, c'mon man.

Using a turn signal in Bahstan is just a sign of weakness. Now the enemy knows your plan and you're screwed.

Try my commute through Boston/Southie and Dorchester. Makes the stuff you guys are talking about look like a school yard of rubber coated tricycles.
I've been doing almost the same commute for 30 years.:fury:

Raven
07-25-2012, 10:05 AM
the latest theory is that life is much like the matrix view

he explained it so.... lets say your wallet is floating in space
and it enters a black hole.....
nothing escapes the pull of the black hole
and the wallet goes on in....

But

the information on all your I'd's
stays on the outer edge like a hologram of yourself
it's digital information and has absolutely no substance

his point being ....that we view the world
much like that Hologram....

that...and when you remove all the planets
star debris, meteors , satellites
asteroids
suns and moons , everything

that which is left....that Blackness-> defies description
it has no mass,no elements,gravity....nothing.

BigBo
07-25-2012, 11:00 AM
[QUOTE=Swimmer;950056]

Using a turn signal in Bahstan is just a sign of weakness. Now the enemy knows your plan and you're screwed.

Try my commute through Boston/Southie and Dorchester. Makes the stuff you guys are talking about look like a school yard of rubber coated tricycles.
I've been doing almost the same commute for 30 years.:fury:

Exactly!!!! I have the very same commute. :ninja:

Raven
07-25-2012, 03:30 PM
DRIVING IN ny CITY without a dent in your car
is like driving with a red bulls-eye target
i was driving down sidewalks to escape the intentional dings
managed to escape in the then diesel rabbit that got 50 mpg
without one crash.... just by luck...which was a miracle

Raven
02-09-2015, 05:46 PM
I like the old fogies whopick up speed approaching the stop sign and drive by it like it isn't there.

would these be white headed old fogies ? :cool: