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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 21
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2012-10-05 08:37:04 PM
4 votes:
A 30 vehicle pileup implies that at least 28 people were driving too closely to each other...
2012-10-05 08:48:13 PM
3 votes:
justtray: ... they drive slower than the speed limit, and on top of it, they feel entitled when doing so.


Bullshiat. Traffic routinely flows along that particular section of I-95 at at least 70/75 mph, which is over the speed limit. And yes, we are entitled to do it because suck it, that's why.
2012-10-05 08:15:10 PM
3 votes:
It's Floriduh. Traffic probably slowed down to 90mph for the storm and some old shiat pulled into the left lane doing 45.
2012-10-05 10:21:01 PM
2 votes:

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.


They're widening I-75 at least as far north as Tampa, it might even go further (I haven't driven north of Tampa on 75 in years, not sure if it's already wider up there).

We get plenty of slow old drivers in SW FL, the areas with lower concentrations of midwestern retirees might not see it as much. As soon as I see a Buick, Town Car, Grand Marquis, or light colored Camry on the road ahead of me I immediately start planning on how I'm going to get around the inevitable traffic obstacle.
2012-10-05 10:06:54 PM
2 votes:

FloridaAsshat: vudukungfu: 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.

Driving with 0 visibility, however...

OK while that might seem reckless to an outsider... thunderstorms (especially in the summer, which it still is) can reduce visibility to 0 in less time than it takes to slow down and pull off the Interstate. Not that there aren't a lot of idiot drivers in Florida, but Florida isn't unique in that. We've got plenty of unique craziness to be proud of without having to rely on bad driving stories.


This. The thunderstorms down here are the equivalent of a snowstorm whiteout on the interstate. Hell, sometimes you can't see the hazard lights on the car in front of you even at ten feet away. 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.

StrikitRich: FloridaAsshat: justtray: ... they drive slower than the speed limit, and on top of it, they feel entitled when doing so.


Bullshiat. Traffic routinely flows along that particular section of I-95 at at least 70/75 mph, which is over the speed limit. And yes, we are entitled to do it because suck it, that's why.

I-95?

Traffic on 41 was still stacked up in Sarasota at 6PM


I don't miss that commute in the least. I used to drive from NW Bradenton to right before Stickney Pt Rd on 41 five days a week. I swear it's one of Dante's circles of Hell.
2012-10-05 09:36:03 PM
2 votes:

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.


They do exist, they just stay off the interstates. 

The interstates themselves are basically extensions of Daytona Motor Speedway.
2012-10-05 08:41:21 PM
2 votes:
Having much experience driving all over the country, I can say this doesn't surprise me in the least.

Florida drivers are in the top 5 of worst by state. They have even less courtesy for faster traffic than the rest of the already pathetically selfish country, they drive slower than the speed limit, and on top of it, they feel entitled when doing so.

If you're curious, my top 5 worst states for driving would go;

1. Tennessee - because Truckers and the way Nashville has the most poorly designed freeway system in existence
2. Florida - see above
3. Missouri - Midwest drivers just go super slow
4. Georga - Roads are way too small, don't follow any logical path, and every road is Peachtree street
5. New Jersey - The drivers are just dicks, but at least they don't go slow and occasionally get over
2012-10-05 08:36:48 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-10-05 10:38:19 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-10-05 10:26:47 PM
1 votes:

justtray: 1. Tennessee - because Truckers and the way Nashville has the most poorly designed freeway system in existence


I'm terribly sorry, but I am going to have to disagree with you.

I've been everywhere (man) and I really think that the Raleigh/Durham area has the worst signage, yield areas, layouts, and general build* that I have seen.

I-65 corridor is definitely a close 2nd. Although I think Louisville is just as bad.

*Off cambered ramps, ramps with VERY poor lighting and crap drainage systems, left hand exits and mixers, and ramps where the curve suddenly gets sharper for no apparent reason.
2012-10-05 10:16:00 PM
1 votes:

justtray: FloridaAsshat: justtray: ... they drive slower than the speed limit, and on top of it, they feel entitled when doing so.


Bullshiat. Traffic routinely flows along that particular section of I-95 at at least 70/75 mph, which is over the speed limit. And yes, we are entitled to do it because suck it, that's why.

I didn't think anything could match the roadrage I received driving through the country in Tennessee when two truckers would line up blocking the road going 55, but driving through Broward County managed to give me a whole new perspective. 95 wasn't so bad in my experience, but Route 1 was a farking trainwreck, every day.


Which "Route 1," US1 or A1A?

Actually, never mind. They both suck. And you sound like you haven't been down here lately, else you'd be complaining about the construction that's going on as they add (toll) express lanes to 95 and 595.

/should be finished at some point year after next....
2012-10-05 10:10:19 PM
1 votes:

beerrun: FloridaAsshat: vudukungfu: 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.

Driving with 0 visibility, however...

OK while that might seem reckless to an outsider... thunderstorms (especially in the summer, which it still is) can reduce visibility to 0 in less time than it takes to slow down and pull off the Interstate. Not that there aren't a lot of idiot drivers in Florida, but Florida isn't unique in that. We've got plenty of unique craziness to be proud of without having to rely on bad driving stories.

This. The thunderstorms down here are the equivalent of a snowstorm whiteout on the interstate. Hell, sometimes you can't see the hazard lights on the car in front of you even at ten feet away. 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.

StrikitRich: FloridaAsshat: justtray: ... they drive slower than the speed limit, and on top of it, they feel entitled when doing so.


Bullshiat. Traffic routinely flows along that particular section of I-95 at at least 70/75 mph, which is over the speed limit. And yes, we are entitled to do it because suck it, that's why.

I-95?

Traffic on 41 was still stacked up in Sarasota at 6PM

I don't miss that commute in the least. I used to drive from NW Bradenton to right before Stickney Pt Rd on 41 five days a week. I swear it's one of Dante's circles of Hell.


Yeah, fark that! I did the same thing for a year, except I drove from NW Bradenton to Bee Ridge. When my work moved to Bee Ridge and 75 I moved near the interstate, and my precious 45 minute commute (if I was lucky) became 10 minutes.
2012-10-05 10:02:22 PM
1 votes:

libranoelrose: 3 were in critical condition, yet there were no life threatening injuries? How does that work?


It's Florida. They started out in critical condition.
2012-10-05 10:01:03 PM
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: 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.

They do exist, they just stay off the interstates. 

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.
2012-10-05 09:32:13 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-05 08:56:37 PM
1 votes:

vudukungfu: 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.

Driving with 0 visibility, however...


OK while that might seem reckless to an outsider... thunderstorms (especially in the summer, which it still is) can reduce visibility to 0 in less time than it takes to slow down and pull off the Interstate. Not that there aren't a lot of idiot drivers in Florida, but Florida isn't unique in that. We've got plenty of unique craziness to be proud of without having to rely on bad driving stories.
2012-10-05 08:53:50 PM
1 votes:

FloridaAsshat: justtray: ... they drive slower than the speed limit, and on top of it, they feel entitled when doing so.


Bullshiat. Traffic routinely flows along that particular section of I-95 at at least 70/75 mph, which is over the speed limit. And yes, we are entitled to do it because suck it, that's why.


I didn't think anything could match the roadrage I received driving through the country in Tennessee when two truckers would line up blocking the road going 55, but driving through Broward County managed to give me a whole new perspective. 95 wasn't so bad in my experience, but Route 1 was a farking trainwreck, every day.
2012-10-05 08:52:11 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-05 08:45:14 PM
1 votes:

justtray: Having much experience driving all over the country, I can say this doesn't surprise me in the least.

Florida drivers are in the top 5 of worst by state. They have even less courtesy for faster traffic than the rest of the already pathetically selfish country, they drive slower than the speed limit, and on top of it, they feel entitled when doing so.

If you're curious, my top 5 worst states for driving would go;

1. Tennessee - because Truckers and the way Nashville has the most poorly designed freeway system in existence
2. Florida - see above
3. Missouri - Midwest drivers just go super slow
4. Georga - Roads are way too small, don't follow any logical path, and every road is Peachtree street
5. New Jersey - The drivers are just dicks, but at least they don't go slow and occasionally get over


Canada is to the north, mexico to the south.
2012-10-05 08:44:13 PM
1 votes:

justtray: 1. Tennessee - because Truckers and the way Nashville has the most poorly designed freeway system in existence


Atlanta has Nashville beat every time.

I'd say ATL has the worst road system in the nation.

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2012-10-05 08:27:42 PM
1 votes:
Ugh. I wasn't anywhere near 75 and it still took me an hour to get home. Traffic was crazy all the way to 301.
 
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