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(CNN)   Thirty+ car pileup on I-75 near Sarasota. Looks like the old folks did their Sunday driving a couple days early   (cnn.com) divider line 66
    More: Scary, I-75, Sarasota, Florida's Gulf Coast, old folks  
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2012-10-05 11:38:28 PM  

beerrun: And the storms are packed into a very tight area. You can be traveling down the interstate at 70+ one minute and find yourself with zero vis in an instant. I can easily see this happening and frankly, am surprised it doesn't happen more often.


Please stop driving.
 
2012-10-06 12:22:15 AM  

DownDaRiver: FTA: "Weather was a contributing factor."
I hate when they report that shiat. Weather wasn't the factor. Millikons of people drive every frickin day in all kinds of weather wkithout any damn problem.
The factor is dipshiats not paying attenion to what the fark they are doing. Unfortunetly they almost always collect somebody else upinto (^in2) their crap.


I'm sorry but hydroplaning and black ice both make paying attention a moot point, when your tires lose traction with the pavement you are no longer a driver, just a very excited passenger.
 
2012-10-06 12:31:55 AM  

arghyematey: I hate driving on I-75. Worse than I-4 even...

It's only 2 lanes for most of it and people are either going drastically under the speed limit, or they are flying and weaving in and out of traffic. Throw those sporadic thunderstorms in and you've got disaster.


Having lived in Florida for over 5 years now, I can definitely say... the old and slow drivers of Florida are mostly a myth.


You have got to be kidding, 75 is a great road from MI to FL with the only two messed up points being ATL and Tampa. Now 95, that's a horrible road, I've twice been tempted into taking 95 to 77 to get home from the east coast of Florida and both times I've ended up severely regretting it. It wasn't much fun in New England either.
 
2012-10-06 12:45:16 AM  

robodog: DownDaRiver: FTA: "Weather was a contributing factor."
I hate when they report that shiat. Weather wasn't the factor. Millikons of people drive every frickin day in all kinds of weather wkithout any damn problem.
The factor is dipshiats not paying attenion to what the fark they are doing. Unfortunetly they almost always collect somebody else upinto (^in2) their crap.

I'm sorry but hydroplaning and black ice both make paying attention a moot point, when your tires lose traction with the pavement you are no longer a driver, just a very excited passenger.



It was Florida and rain. The two go together all the time. Driving in weather isn't hard.
 
2012-10-06 12:47:14 AM  

robodog: You have got to be kidding, 75 is a great road from MI to FL with the only two messed up points being ATL and Tampa. Now 95, that's a horrible road, I've twice been tempted into taking 95 to 77 to get home from the east coast of Florida and both times I've ended up severely regretting it. It wasn't much fun in New England either.


I used to drive 75 all the time when I lived back east. A few years ago I was back there and for some reason decided to take I-95 for several hundred miles. Holy crap, it was bumper to bumper, or it seemed like to me. I'm not used to that shiat anymore. Plus it poured rain for hours.
 
2012-10-06 01:00:15 AM  
Did early voting start or something?
 
2012-10-06 01:09:24 AM  

Shadow Blasko: FloridaAsshat: Shut up dumbasses! That section of I-95 is busy and thunderstorms in this area can come up suddenly and reduce visibility to the hood of your car. Old people have nothing to do with it.

HAHAHAHAHA.. No

"The accident, which occurred about 3:30 p.m., involved at least 46 vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-75 on the Manatee/Sarasota county line, said Lt. Chris Miller with the Florida Highway Patrol. Twenty-two people, three of them in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals, he said."

If you are so detached from your environment that a storm can sneak up on you DURING THE DAYLIGHT you should NEVER EVER EVER be in charge of ANYTHING more complicated that tying your shoes.

You want me to believe that within the space of 10 seconds (Well within the average amount of time it takes to slow a car from 80mph to 30, and turn on your flashers) it went from unlimited viability to less than 5 feet with NO warning. None? No dark clouds in the sky, no thunder or lightning...no rain shaft visible ahead of you in the distance? Weather doesn't work that way. This is inattentive driving and/or driving too fast for conditions.

Before you tell me that I don't understand... I've been stormchaser, NWS Spotter, spent time in Florida, and I have seen tropical rain in Bali that makes what you get in Florida look like a lawn sprinkler.

There is no excuse for this. There is an explanation. Not paying attention to your surroundings.

If this had been at NIGHT ... I would agree that it can indeed sneak up on you, but not at 3pm.


You know how I know you don't live in Florida?
 
2012-10-06 01:15:16 AM  

Matrix Flavored Wasabi: You know how I know you don't live in Florida?


Because I know how to drive?

(And... I have lived in Florida)
 
2012-10-06 01:21:47 AM  

robodog: I'm sorry but hydroplaning and black ice both make paying attention a moot point, when your tires lose traction with the pavement you are no longer a driver, just a very excited passenger.


No. NO NO NO it does not. Jesus. Why do people seem to think that just because they can't do anything once something starts... That it was inevitable anyway?

If you are hydroplaning... you are driving too fast for conditions, or you have failed to properly equip your vehicle for the conditions you are driving in. If I still lived in a place like that, I would have aquatreads or similar tires.

Black ice... I'll give you that one. Even though you should know where the places (bridges, overpasses..etc) where you might encounter it... You don't always know when you might come across it in winter.

I know sometimes you are on a highway where there are "truck ruts" where constant semi-truck traffic has worn grooves where water accumulates in heavy precipitation. Guess what...You can avoid that, and you can drive within the limits of your ability and equipment when it rains. Not hard.

Stop making excuses for inattentive and/or stupid drivers.
 
2012-10-06 01:29:24 AM  
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2012-10-06 03:01:10 AM  
I'm going to bet it was a male driver in his teens or early twenties, as they cause more accidents than anyone else per capita.

The kind of aggressive driver who thinks "why should I slow down just because of the weather?"
 
2012-10-06 04:43:05 AM  
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2012-10-06 09:11:32 AM  

DownDaRiver: robodog: DownDaRiver: FTA: "Weather was a contributing factor."
I hate when they report that shiat. Weather wasn't the factor. Millikons of people drive every frickin day in all kinds of weather wkithout any damn problem.
The factor is dipshiats not paying attenion to what the fark they are doing. Unfortunetly they almost always collect somebody else upinto (^in2) their crap.

I'm sorry but hydroplaning and black ice both make paying attention a moot point, when your tires lose traction with the pavement you are no longer a driver, just a very excited passenger.


It was Florida and rain. The two go together all the time. Driving in weather isn't hard.


I drive in weather literally, and I mean literally, every day. Bad weather on the other hand...
 
2012-10-06 11:19:34 AM  

ukexpat: DownDaRiver: robodog: DownDaRiver: FTA: "Weather was a contributing factor."
I hate when they report that shiat. Weather wasn't the factor. Millikons of people drive every frickin day in all kinds of weather wkithout any damn problem.
The factor is dipshiats not paying attenion to what the fark they are doing. Unfortunetly they almost always collect somebody else upinto (^in2) their crap.

I'm sorry but hydroplaning and black ice both make paying attention a moot point, when your tires lose traction with the pavement you are no longer a driver, just a very excited passenger.


It was Florida and rain. The two go together all the time. Driving in weather isn't hard.

I drive in weather literally, and I mean literally, every day. Bad weather on the other hand...


Weather is not climate.
and such.
 
2012-10-06 11:30:47 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom:
The interstates themselves are basically extensions of Daytona Motor Speedway.

This. I go 80 on 75, and I'm always getting passed. Not that I care, I'd probably be going faster too if it wasn't for all the speed traps.


Treat yourself to this 100mph little jewel. All the doctors and lawyers coming home to the beach after a long day at work. Lots of high speed German engineering on this 7 mile stretch.
 
2012-10-06 11:43:14 AM  
coffee consumption considered a culprit
 
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