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2013-08-05 09:33:09 AM  
I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

And now the county, through its police department of revenue, are looking to make revenue off this situation? Fark them!
 
2013-08-05 09:37:04 AM  
I intend to celebrate by shooting bottle rockets out my car window every time I hit a red.
 
2013-08-05 09:44:10 AM  
Next week is "National Stop on Green" week and after that is "National Do Whatever the Fark You Feel Like When Faced with a Blinking Red" week.
 
2013-08-05 09:46:14 AM  
But what does a yellow light mean?

s.wsj.net
 
2013-08-05 09:47:54 AM  

Demetrius: But what does a yellow light mean?


Slow down.
 
2013-08-05 09:54:06 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: But what does a yellow light mean?

Slow down.


Okay...whaaaat....does.....a....yellllllow....liiiight....mean?
 
2013-08-05 09:55:29 AM  

Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: But what does a yellow light mean?

Slow down.

Okay...whaaaat....does.....a....yellllllow....liiiight....mean?


SLOW DOWN!
 
2013-08-05 09:59:29 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: But what does a yellow light mean?

Slow down.

Okay...whaaaat....does.....a....yellllllow....liiiight....mean?

SLOW DOWN!


Oooookey doke!  Whaaaaaaaaaaat........doessssssss......a.......yellllllllllowwwwwwwwww .....liiiiiiiiiiiiiight......meannnnnn?
 
2013-08-05 10:04:38 AM  

Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: But what does a yellow light mean?

Slow down.

Okay...whaaaat....does.....a....yellllllow....liiiight....mean?

SLOW DOWN!

Oooookey doke!  Whaaaaaaaaaaat........doessssssss......a.......yellllllllllowwwwwwwwww .....liiiiiiiiiiiiiight......meannnnnn?


go very fast
 
2013-08-05 10:28:21 AM  
I think they should make a "Don't drive like a Marylander" day.  Then they can give lessons on how to drive the speed limit, use your turn signals, how to merge, and why you have to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn.  The world would be a better place.

Once we get the Marylanders straightened out, we can start to work on the Pennsylvanians.
 
2013-08-05 10:33:25 AM  
Trying to remediate Marylanders is a hopeless pipe dream. It simply cannot be done. A far better idea would be to mandate that each car driven be Marylanders have a full, rubber bumper-car style bumper installed around it. Maryland cars should also be painted a bright neon pink, so that they're identifiable at a glance by other drivers should they ever venture out of Maryland. Once those common sense safety measures are in place, we can start work on Pennsylvania; there's still hope there, at least.
 
2013-08-05 10:40:54 AM  

Lsherm:Once we get the Marylanders straightened out, we can start to work on the Pennsylvanians.

Pocket Ninja: Once those common sense safety measures are in place, we can start work on Pennsylvania; there's still hope there, at least.



Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

/I swear I thought that was just an urban legend until I saw it with my own eyes
 
2013-08-05 10:41:33 AM  

SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

And now the county, through its police department of revenue, are looking to make revenue off this situation? Fark them!


We have this situation on a stretch of road here in Cary, NC. If you want to beat the traffic lights you have to drive 55 in a 45 zone. The lights are specifically timed for 55mph traffic, it's crazy. At one light if you want to beat the light you gotta go at least 60. I bet the cops love that sh*t.
 
2013-08-05 10:42:27 AM  

SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!


Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?
 
2013-08-05 10:45:40 AM  

miss diminutive: SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?


There's often a stop sign, yes.
 
2013-08-05 10:51:59 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?

There's often a stop sign, yes.


A stop sign at the end of an on-ramp to a major highway? Why? You have to accelerate to merge with traffic...

www.motorera.com

That doesn't make a lot of sense.
 
2013-08-05 10:56:42 AM  

miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?

There's often a stop sign, yes.

A stop sign at the end of an on-ramp to a major highway? Why? You have to accelerate to merge with traffic...

[www.motorera.com image 468x280]

That doesn't make a lot of sense.


Here's probably the most famous one in my area.

It is an absolute clusterfark.
 
2013-08-05 11:00:39 AM  
The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running says photo enforcement locally and around the country has improved safety on the roads and reduced the number of drivers who run red lights.

And those reductions have caused many places to shut down their red light cameras because they are no longer generating sufficient revenue. But it's all about safety, right?
 
2013-08-05 11:01:06 AM  

miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?

There's often a stop sign, yes.

A stop sign at the end of an on-ramp to a major highway? Why? You have to accelerate to merge with traffic...

[www.motorera.com image 468x280]

That doesn't make a lot of sense.


(note: I live in Virginia and drive through PA to get to OH when I go visit family there) There are a few entrance ramps onto interstates that don't have acceleration lanes and because of that they have stop signs or more likely yield signs. But those are notable because of their rarity.
 
2013-08-05 11:01:23 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?

There's often a stop sign, yes.

A stop sign at the end of an on-ramp to a major highway? Why? You have to accelerate to merge with traffic...

[www.motorera.com image 468x280]

That doesn't make a lot of sense.

Here's probably the most famous one in my area.

It is an absolute clusterfark.


Ok, wow. There isn't anything like that anywhere I've driven in Canada (or the US).

That's mind blowing.
 
2013-08-05 11:04:41 AM  

Sybarite: And those reductions have caused many places to shut down their red light cameras because they are no longer generating sufficient revenue. But it's all about safety, right?


If it was about safety, the main duty of highway patrol would be to do rolling roadblocks at or near the speed limit.
 
2013-08-05 11:11:35 AM  

miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?

There's often a stop sign, yes.

A stop sign at the end of an on-ramp to a major highway? Why? You have to accelerate to merge with traffic...

[www.motorera.com image 468x280]

That doesn't make a lot of sense.

Here's probably the most famous one in my area.

It is an absolute clusterfark.

Ok, wow. There isn't anything like that anywhere I've driven in Canada (or the US).

That's mind blowing.


Actually, the best time to get onto the highway is at rush hour, where everyone is at a dead stop anyway, so that you can merge in and merge over a lane to get through the upcoming tunnel. Otherwise, if you don't get over, you get bumped into the Exit Only lane and back where you started from. Oh, and you're going slightly up hill, which is fun in a manual.
 
2013-08-05 11:21:14 AM  
earthprime.com

Red means go, Green means stop!
 
2013-08-05 11:26:45 AM  
"Guess that means stopping is optional every other week, huh?"

Well, I guess the exception proves the rule, huh?
 
2013-08-05 11:27:28 AM  
Sure is where I live.
 
2013-08-05 11:30:45 AM  

SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.


They do that on purpose in my town during the day with the explicit intention of slowing traffic down.

On the one hand, it's really farking annoying to have to constantly stop and it wastes considerable fuel. On the other, before they did it people were driving like utter tools. So I'm sort of conflicted.

/ on the third hand I just do like everyone else does now and take side streets which probably makes all the people living on them really happy. I still have to stop at the signs, but at least they can be completely planned for
 
2013-08-05 11:31:24 AM  
A little known rule... You do not have to obey a stop sign if you pass it on the right.
 
2013-08-05 11:32:21 AM  
Cyclists need not abide
 
2013-08-05 11:34:33 AM  
In Houston, yes.
 
2013-08-05 11:36:28 AM  

Lsherm: I think they should make a "Don't drive like a Marylander" day.


cdn2.vtourist.com

/do they even have "please drive gently" signs anymore?  i was in the state last year and didn't see one
 
2013-08-05 11:38:05 AM  

reillan: Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: But what does a yellow light mean?

Slow down.

Okay...whaaaat....does.....a....yellllllow....liiiight....mean?

SLOW DOWN!

Oooookey doke!  Whaaaaaaaaaaat........doessssssss......a.......yellllllllllowwwwwwwwww .....liiiiiiiiiiiiiight......meannnnnn?

go very fast


www.movieactors.com
 
2013-08-05 11:38:15 AM  

miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: miss diminutive: SurfaceTension: Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

Wait, as in the on-ramp leading onto a highway? People stop there?

There's often a stop sign, yes.

A stop sign at the end of an on-ramp to a major highway? Why? You have to accelerate to merge with traffic...

[www.motorera.com image 468x280]

That doesn't make a lot of sense.

Here's probably the most famous one in my area.

It is an absolute clusterfark.

Ok, wow. There isn't anything like that anywhere I've driven in Canada (or the US).

That's mind blowing.


Here's another.
 
2013-08-05 11:40:31 AM  

SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

And now the county, through its police department of revenue, are looking to make revenue off this situation? Fark them!


The timing of all traffic lights everywhere in NoVA just seems retarded.  Side streets get way too much time and when you're on the main street it seems like you spend the whole time at red lights when the opposite should be the case.  Give longer times for greens for the side streets with longer between them.
 
2013-08-05 11:43:38 AM  

Carn: SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

And now the county, through its police department of revenue, are looking to make revenue off this situation? Fark them!

The timing of all traffic lights everywhere in NoVA just seems retarded.  Side streets get way too much time and when you're on the main street it seems like you spend the whole time at red lights when the opposite should be the case.  Give longer times for greens for the side streets with longer between them.


This is a street near my house. None of the side streets on either side line up, so you have staggered lights all over the place (notice the other set of lights ten feet to the left in this view). There is no timing between sets of lights - lights right next to each other usually work in concert, but two blocks down it's completely random.
 
2013-08-05 11:45:14 AM  

Carn: SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

And now the county, through its police department of revenue, are looking to make revenue off this situation? Fark them!

The timing of all traffic lights everywhere in NoVA just seems retarded.  Side streets get way too much time and when you're on the main street it seems like you spend the whole time at red lights when the opposite should be the case.  Give longer times for greens for the side streets with longer between them.


Doe$ it now?

/wish just once they could be honest about it.  It wouldn't make it any better, but it would be nice.
 
2013-08-05 11:47:15 AM  
Far re-light cameras. Round here there should be green-light cameras.
The red-lights here tend to be overly long - so long that drivers seem to think a traffic light is the best place in the world to take a snooze.

If you take more than 5 seconds to get moving when light turns green, then you should get a fine, and a public shaming, too.
 
2013-08-05 11:48:15 AM  
Personally I'm looking forward to September 5th when we all observer National Don't Murder People week. Our town is hosting a Don't Murder 5K(ill).
 
2013-08-05 11:51:42 AM  

SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

And now the county, through its police department of revenue, are looking to make revenue off this situation? Fark them!


Found your problem.
 
2013-08-05 11:51:56 AM  
Heres my favorite one:
https://www.google.com/maps?ll=40.26037,-74.844339&spn=0.009284,0.02 11 36&cbp=12,285.17,,0,5.76&layer=c&panoid=vBrTTEmHUauYl_Af8hIMGQ&cbll=40 .260527,-74.844099&t=m&z=16

Stop signs like this are evidence of CHEAP highway planners.  I like this one because they didn't want to add another lane to the bridge to allow a safe merge.  What ends up happening is anyone going southbound has to get into the left lane or hit whoever didn't "stop" at that merge.
 
2013-08-05 11:52:16 AM  

skozlaw: SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

They do that on purpose in my town during the day with the explicit intention of slowing traffic down.


On the one hand, it's really farking annoying to have to constantly stop and it wastes considerable fuel. On the other, before they did it people were driving like utter tools. So I'm sort of conflicted.

/ on the third hand I just do like everyone else does now and take side streets which probably makes all the people living on them really happy. I still have to stop at the signs, but at least they can be completely planned for


They do that here as well.  It's known as "Traffic Calming."

My experience has been it is anything but "Calming."
 
2013-08-05 11:53:12 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-05 11:55:26 AM  

YixilTesiphon: Carn: SurfaceTension: I live in Prince William County, which has to be home to the most out-of-sequence stoplights in the history of stoplights. Seriously, you can't go more than 3 lights without hitting yet another farking red light, and seemingly the only way to avoid this trap is to speed up to try to get through that third light before it changes and you lose 2 more minutes off your life.

And now the county, through its police department of revenue, are looking to make revenue off this situation? Fark them!

The timing of all traffic lights everywhere in NoVA just seems retarded.  Side streets get way too much time and when you're on the main street it seems like you spend the whole time at red lights when the opposite should be the case.  Give longer times for greens for the side streets with longer between them.

This is a street near my house. None of the side streets on either side line up, so you have staggered lights all over the place (notice the other set of lights ten feet to the left in this view). There is no timing between sets of lights - lights right next to each other usually work in concert, but two blocks down it's completely random.


It's like that all over the place here also.  I used to live around the corner from Seven Corners (now a couple miles away).  You avoid the main intersection at all costs.
 
2013-08-05 11:56:23 AM  

Carth: Cyclists need not abide


Exaggerate much?
http://bikeportland.org/2013/06/25/94-of-bikes-wait-at-red-lights-st ud y-finds-89025


SurfaceTension: Lsherm:Once we get the Marylanders straightened out, we can start to work on the Pennsylvanians.

Pocket Ninja: Once those common sense safety measures are in place, we can start work on Pennsylvania; there's still hope there, at least.


Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

/I swear I thought that was just an urban legend until I saw it with my own eyes


This was the most annoying driving adaptation I've ever had to make on travel. Whenever there wasn't a Pennsylvanian in front of me on the ramp, I would merge like a normal person. Even when I had plenty of room to slide in, I got honked at by multiple cars. Freaking idiots.

Um, over-generalize much?
 
2013-08-05 11:57:08 AM  
...and I left text at the bottom from a previous edit that belonged at the top. <sigh>
 
2013-08-05 11:58:37 AM  

Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Demetrius: But what does a yellow light mean?

Slow down.

Okay...whaaaat....does.....a....yellllllow....liiiight....mean?

SLOW DOWN!

Oooookey doke!  Whaaaaaaaaaaat........doessssssss......a.......yellllllllllowwwwwwwwww .....liiiiiiiiiiiiiight......meannnnnn?


Can you say it in a lower register?
 
2013-08-05 12:01:08 PM  

waterrockets: Carth: Cyclists need not abide

Exaggerate much?
http://bikeportland.org/2013/06/25/94-of-bikes-wait-at-red-lights-st ud y-finds-89025


SurfaceTension: Lsherm:Once we get the Marylanders straightened out, we can start to work on the Pennsylvanians.

Pocket Ninja: Once those common sense safety measures are in place, we can start work on Pennsylvania; there's still hope there, at least.


Pennsylvanians should be easy by comparison: stop hanging out in the left lane and for god sakes, QUIT STOPPING AT THE END OF ENTRANCE RAMPS!

/I swear I thought that was just an urban legend until I saw it with my own eyes

This was the most annoying driving adaptation I've ever had to make on travel. Whenever there wasn't a Pennsylvanian in front of me on the ramp, I would merge like a normal person. Even when I had plenty of room to slide in, I got honked at by multiple cars. Freaking idiots.

Um, over-generalize much?


6% of cyclists ignore red lights? That is terrifying and worst than i expected.
 
2013-08-05 12:01:29 PM  
Damn stupid shiat makes me so mad I want to beat a child to death!

/too bad it National Don't Beat A Child Month
 
2013-08-05 12:01:37 PM  
There are no stop signs on 395, but I'll be damned if people in Virginia drive 35 down the ramp and try to merge into traffic going at speed at the Edsall Road and Duke Street. I'm usually traveling at least the speed limit so I can blend right into traffic, unless some idiot is doing 35 and running out of ramp then things get a bit harry.
 
2013-08-05 12:02:33 PM  
Since the Federal Highway Administration began the program in 1995, communities that have taken part in the weeklong enforcement saw a 15 percent average decrease in red-light runners, according to FHA.


I want to see the math. How the fark can you quantify this? You have no idea if the program is the only factor in play.

The goal is to reduce the number and the seriousness of car crashes and to raise awareness about the dangers of blowing through a light.
The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running says photo enforcement locally and around the country has improved safety on the roads and reduced the number of drivers who run red lights. In Montgomery County, the number of drivers traveling 10 mph above the speed limits declined by about 70 percent where there were warning signs and speed cameras, according to the organization's data. In D.C., red light running fatalities were reduced from 16 to two in the first two years of red light cameras, the organization reported.



This is a farking advertisement disguised as a news article where they are trying to sell us on the importance of traffic cameras. The only thing seperating this from a commercial is Geico lizard and the lack of a catchy jingle.
 
2013-08-05 12:04:30 PM  
I'd stop at the presence of a Redhead too
 
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