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(NBC Philadelphia)   Woman gives birth to baby on highway during rush hour, marking the first time a project on the PA Turnpike was completed in nine months   (nbcphiladelphia.com) divider line 7
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2013-03-21 02:39:11 PM
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Solid State Vittles: Wow, she got farked on the turnpike too?


Don't we all?
2013-03-21 06:59:00 PM
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ha-ha-guy: thecpt: My dad's a state trooper there and I've asked him if they actually have a quota.  He actually said if it does exist, then you'd have to miss the entire month to not meet it.  Chances are the guy was just being a dick to you.  That's usually the city or township police and not state troopers though.

The officer in question was from Elizabethtown, not a state trooper.  They were working the highway and got me at 58 in a 55 near Hershey, PA.  Hassled me over the manufacturer plates, wanted to the search the car (I told him to pound sand) and so he decided to see what obscure sections of the motor vehicle code he could apply.  Didn't bother me much since I was getting paid about forty dollars an hour to watch him be a dick.

The State Troopers are pretty easy to avoid since they tend to have predictable hiding spots and operate solo.  I just make sure I never get beyond second fastest car on the road and I'm fine.  There is one spot on Western PA, I forget the mile marker now, where when you're west bound you go down a massive hill and they have two spots carved out at the bottom, that's the only place I've ever seen more than one state trooper camped out.

/I remember you go under an overpass at the top of the hill, then as you go down the hill there is a pillar on the left side of the turnpike with some cameras on it, then are two spots carved out near the bottom
//a lot of people pick their speed back up after the first spot only to have a Trooper pop out at second one
//I think there is an exit for Wheeling at the bottom of the hill
/I drove through PA way too many times if I can recite all that from memory


That is westbound just East of Breezewood. After they get you on radar and come after you, there's a lane and a half width covered in white diagonal stripes to the right of the right lane so they can pull you over in safety.
2013-03-21 03:38:22 PM
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thecpt: ha-ha-guy: Everyone with PA plates seems pretty much immune to the signs and screams through there at 75+ mph because they know PennDOT is full of shiat.

state law is to have your headlights on in all work zones.  I habitually turn on my headlights when I start my car, even now when I live in a different state.

/you are spot on though


I had an argument with a PA cop over whether my DLRs counted as "lights on" and then he gave me a ticket for my vehicle not meeting some state inspection code since I was driving a manufacturer prototype with a couple things missing.  The judge tossed both tickets luckily.  I found out my company actually has a standing business relationship with a PA Law firm since the PA cops apparently love to write up out of state vehicles for everything they can imagine to meet quota or however it works.
2013-03-21 03:22:19 PM
1 votes:
As a non-resident, this is my impression of PA:

The construction zone foreplay: 4 miles of signs warning me about how the the world is about to end (One lane, no shoulder, uneven pavement, workers present, proceed with extreme caution, etc).

The construction zone: some orange barrels on the shoulder, a mower or front end loader pulledaway off the road.

The bonus:  A dickhole state trooper hiding behind said piece of equipment with a radar gun.
The other bonus:  If the "Active Work Zone" light is lit, no workers are there.  If it is turned off, there will be workers all over the place.  The sign is always wrong.

Everyone with PA plates seems pretty much immune to the signs and screams through there at 75+ mph because they know PennDOT is full of shiat.  I much prefer Michigan's method.  Work zones tend to remain 70 mph unless they've had to close down/narrow lanes.  However if workers are present you need to slow down to at least 55 (they post signs) and there is often a State Trooper sitting there in the median to remind you "No, we're not joking about worker safety, slow your ass down".  The Trooper doesn't hide though, he sits there with his lights on and if you're dumb enough to trip his radar gun, it's your funeral. I don't mind slowing down for Michigan construction since they only drop the speed limit where they need to.  If you obeyed all the PennDOT signs, it would triple your travel time to cross PA.
2013-03-21 03:10:50 PM
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Dick Gozinya: As a current resident of PA, i have always maintained that the state tree should be changed to the orange construction barrel. There is a 7 mile stretch of 202 between Exton and King of Prussia that has been under construction for 5 years now. 5 farking years for 7 lousy miles of highway! The asphalt they put down first has already worn down to the original concrete roadway in most places, so when they finally finish all the other work, they're going to have to repave the wole damn thing. I'm sure that will take another 5 farking years.


there are so many roads all over PA that suffer from this same problem.  81 by Scranton has had the same lane closed since the first time I traveled it about 4 years ago, 222 had the worst possible traffic by Lancaster because of random closed lanes that showed no progress in construction for over a year. 80 by Tannersville is a joke.  There is no shortage of cones apparently.
2013-03-21 02:58:30 PM
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As a current resident of PA, i have always maintained that the state tree should be changed to the orange construction barrel. There is a 7 mile stretch of 202 between Exton and King of Prussia that has been under construction for 5 years now. 5 farking years for 7 lousy miles of highway! The asphalt they put down first has already worn down to the original concrete roadway in most places, so when they finally finish all the other work, they're going to have to repave the wole damn thing. I'm sure that will take another 5 farking years.
2013-03-21 02:46:29 PM
1 votes:

Dead for Tax Reasons: she would've made it to the hospital in a state where people don't hang out it the left lane for no reason


That's an imaginary place.
 
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