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2013-09-21 08:32:58 AM
If a driver is able to get away with this manuever, what's happened is that he's identified you as a passive, simpering, frightened fawn of a motorist and is simply exploiting your weakness. No driver worth the space he occupies on the road allows this to happen -- alpha drivers ensure that any such attempt merely ends with the cutter being stuck in the left-hand lane, impotent, weak, defeated.
 
2013-09-21 08:50:05 AM
How are they going to ticket every person in the state?
 
2013-09-21 08:52:07 AM

Bareefer Obonghit: How are they going to ticket every person in the state?


They already handle that through taxes.   This is for visitors :)
 
2013-09-21 09:11:51 AM
The assholes are all going slower than me and the maniacs are all going faster.
 
2013-09-21 09:38:17 AM
Did an 8-year-old type that goddamn thing??

Seriously, that's poorly written.
 
2013-09-21 09:43:28 AM
Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.
 
2013-09-21 10:12:14 AM

NewportBarGuy: Did an 8-year-old type that goddamn thing??

Seriously, that's poorly written.


I had the same thought. I had no idea what it was that was illegal until I watched the video.
 
2013-09-21 10:13:15 AM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker. You know who you are. You suck.


Ah, you mean folks who understand fluid mechanics and what the term "zipper merge" means? Those folks?
 
2013-09-21 10:23:26 AM

Gecko Gingrich: PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker. You know who you are. You suck.

Ah, you mean folks who understand fluid mechanics and what the term "zipper merge" means? Those folks?


Yeah. Those jerks.  They suck.
 
2013-09-21 10:27:00 AM
What bugs me is people who aren't paying attention to their driving, they're doing other things like talking on their phone, playing with the radio or DOING NEWS REPORTS.
 
2013-09-21 10:41:25 AM

PainInTheASP: I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.


"Baby on Board" sticker? Is it 1984 already?
 
2013-09-21 11:36:00 AM
So they're ticketing people that don't understand stay on the right unless you're passing?
 
2013-09-21 11:36:21 AM
Esso Asso: Someone who makes a shortcut through a gas station to avoid a red light.
 
pla
2013-09-21 11:39:50 AM
FTA: "Police told Local 10 Investigates the legal way to stop all of this is to safely close the gab with the car in front of you, and not let anyone cut in"

Wow. So the FL police have actually recommended driving an unsafe distance from the car ahead of you, solely for the purpose of acting like an asshole in response to other assholes? Beautiful! And when someone follows this advice and causes an accident, backing up traffic even worse (at a choke point) for hours? The bacon going to reimburse everyone stuck in that traffic for their gas and time?

Hey, I'll agree that people failing to merge when they should, instead zooming down and cutting in at the last second piss me off immensely. But simply blocking them from ever getting back into traffic doesn't solve the problem.
 
2013-09-21 11:40:23 AM

I_Am_Weasel: What bugs me is people who aren't paying attention to their driving, they're doing other things like talking on their phone, playing with the radio or DOING NEWS REPORTS.


Seriously. I'm sure having a light shining right in his face is really helping his night vision.
 
2013-09-21 11:43:10 AM
Once florida is nuked by russians/chinese/whoever, everyone will be happy.
 
2013-09-21 11:44:02 AM

pla: FTA: "Police told Local 10 Investigates the legal way to stop all of this is to safely close the gab with the car in front of you, and not let anyone cut in"

Wow. So the FL police have actually recommended driving an unsafe distance from the car ahead of you,


Um.
 
2013-09-21 11:44:56 AM
Why are they singling out BMW drivers?

/ducks
 
2013-09-21 11:45:15 AM

pla: But simply blocking them from ever getting back into traffic doesn't solve the problem.


It does for me. I keep a 12" interval and allow no one in unless it's seriously backed up, merged traffic. Just some impatient asshole trying to force his way in? Not happening.

If people would simply merge further back, you'd avoid most of the traffic jam anyway.
 
2013-09-21 11:45:46 AM
In the state of Florida if you rear end anybody it is automatically your fault. The cop apparently doesn't remember that part.
 
2013-09-21 11:45:58 AM
I've never been bothered by this.  Sometimes when you get to your exit lane, NOBODY will leave a gap so you drive up until you find one.  Since I can't always tell the dif between those folks and the ones just trying to cut the line, I reserve my rage for bigger battles.
 
2013-09-21 11:46:16 AM
How exactly are the police going to enforce this?

/no, I won't waste 5 minutes of my life on a local news video to find out.
 
2013-09-21 11:46:37 AM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.


+1 for you, these are the worst. Always hoped for a cop to be there to turn these dickheads around.
Also the drivers that take the exit ramp to the entrance ramp just to gain four car lengths.
 
2013-09-21 11:47:26 AM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.


When a lane is closed the proper way to merge is immediately before the end of the lane. In many countries it's illegal to change lanes early. It causes backups because everyone gets in one lane rather than using the available space. It's also a very unfair way of merging because no matter where you merge you're sure to piss someone off and they won't let you in.
 
2013-09-21 11:47:35 AM

PainInTheASP: Gecko Gingrich: PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker. You know who you are. You suck.

Ah, you mean folks who understand fluid mechanics and what the term "zipper merge" means? Those folks?

Yeah. Those jerks.  They suck.


You sound like a slow driver, you're left turn signal is still on.
 
2013-09-21 11:48:38 AM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.


When you see a left lane closed ahead sign and you immediately get in the right lane, you are being a lemming. The closure is not 5 miles behind the merge area. You should fill both lanes leading to a merge area, not become single file miles before the merge. A few years ago a local work area had the left lane closed, and leading up to it had a sign saying "USE BOTH LANES TO MERGE POINT" the lemmings got in the right lane for 2 miles through 2 traffic lights. There was never a sign saying which lane was closed ahead. Then the left lane became the open lane a few months later and all the lemmings still hung out in the right lane. I've never laughed so hard in my life when I drove down the empty left lane and came to the merge seeing the right lane was the one closed.
 
2013-09-21 11:49:57 AM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.



Agreed.  I refuse to let anyone over who feels they shouldn't have to wait in the backed up lane and zoom down til they can't go any further and expect to cut in there.  Now if they start merging a mile back when they first saw signs, I'll let them over no problem.  I've had people actually come inches from hitting me because they assume I will eventually give in and let them over.  Nope!  Putting your turn signal on doesn't automatically give you the right of way.
 
2013-09-21 11:51:18 AM

PainInTheASP: Gecko Gingrich: PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker. You know who you are. You suck.

Ah, you mean folks who understand fluid mechanics and what the term "zipper merge" means? Those folks?

Yeah. Those jerks.  They suck.


There's a place for a zipper merge and a place for traditional merging, but most people only use one, so when they get to a place that uses the other, they cheat by using the wrong one. It's faster for themselves, so they think they're helping, but they wind up snarling traffic for everyone around them.
 
2013-09-21 11:54:02 AM
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Quick solution
 
2013-09-21 11:54:24 AM
"is it against the law? can you get a ticket?" Well, first of all, you're speeding to get ahead of traffic, which IS against the law, and yes, you are allowed to speed up to pass, but you are passing while not using your signal, cutting people off, and weaving in and out of traffic which creates a dangerous environment for other motorists. Besides the legality of it, it is a dick move, and when you do that, you're an asshole. Just because you're in a hurry, isn't justification to put everyone else's lives at risk. Leave earlier.
 
2013-09-21 11:55:18 AM

Russ1642: PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.

When a lane is closed the proper way to merge is immediately before the end of the lane. In many countries it's illegal to change lanes early. It causes backups because everyone gets in one lane rather than using the available space. It's also a very unfair way of merging because no matter where you merge you're sure to piss someone off and they won't let you in.


Agreed, it's smoother and more predictable if everyone waits their turn and then does the zipper thing.  What this article is getting at, I think (admittedly hard to tell because of the terrible writing), is cruising along in an exit-only lane while the through lanes are backed up, then trying to force one's way back into traffic at the last second.  That's bad.
 
2013-09-21 11:55:19 AM

Abox: I've never been bothered by this.  Sometimes when you get to your exit lane, NOBODY will leave a gap so you drive up until you find one.  Since I can't always tell the dif between those folks and the ones just trying to cut the line, I reserve my rage for bigger battles.


This.

Which, some of these problems are folks going too slow and creating a back up to begin with.  I get more bugged by someone going way too slow, then flipping me off because I pass them right after we merged onto the new road.  Some little, teen girl did this recently on a right turn yield lane, she took the lane at 20 mph when I usually take the same lane at 45.  We had no other traffic to yield to, and she's the one pissed.
 
2013-09-21 11:57:08 AM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.


/Yes, this is a pet peeve.  I know where I'm going, and i am in the correct lane MILES before i have to be there, esp on the highway. I exit without having to change lanes.  City is the same thing.  Don't farking swerve over at the last second to the lane you need to turn.  Use some farking common sense and slow the fark down.
 
2013-09-21 11:58:56 AM
Lots of angry assholes in here. I know where the choke points are on my daily commute. I know where a driving lane suddenly turns into parking. I get in the correct lane with time to spare, but I watch out for the people who are going to be surprised when their lane disappears. I know when they're going to change lanes before they do, so I leave them a space to merge into.
 
2013-09-21 12:00:39 PM
What are they going to do with the $952,865,204,338,800 budget surplus next year?
 
2013-09-21 12:00:56 PM
Abox: I've never been bothered by this.  Sometimes when you get to your exit lane, NOBODY will leave a gap so you drive up until you find one.  Since I can't always tell the dif between those folks and the ones just trying to cut the line, I reserve my rage for bigger battles.

I cut people in line and think it's OK.


(fixed that for you)
 
2013-09-21 12:02:22 PM

MarkEC: PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.

When you see a left lane closed ahead sign and you immediately get in the right lane, you are being a lemming. The closure is not 5 miles behind the merge area. You should fill both lanes leading to a merge area, not become single file miles before the merge. A few years ago a local work area had the left lane closed, and leading up to it had a sign saying "USE BOTH LANES TO MERGE POINT" the lemmings got in the right lane for 2 miles through 2 traffic lights. There was never a sign saying which lane was closed ahead. Then the left lane became the open lane a few months later and all the lemmings still hung out in the right lane. I've never laughed so hard in my life when I drove down the empty left lane and came to the merge seeing the right lane was the one closed.


You didn't watch the video, or read the article, did you?
 
2013-09-21 12:03:53 PM
Just happened to me, here in MN. Prick cut in w/o enough room. I could not stop and was also hit from behind.
Prick was insured by ALLSTATE and they as much as told me to go fark, as I must have been "following" too closely.
ALLSTATE Insurance are asswipes. Agent apologized, off the record, and said supervisor was forcing this decision.
Prick was ticked, did not matter.

ALLFAKE Insurance
 
2013-09-21 12:04:11 PM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.


Look in the mirror, pal.

The real assholes are people like you who see "lane closed two miles ahead" and switch lanes right away.  All that ends up doing it causing traffic to needlessly to back up for miles.  The correct time to merge is about 1000 feet ahead of the lane closure.  When you go through a construction zone you will see signs like "lange closed 2 miles ahead": nothing about merging now.  Sometimes you'll see "merge in 2000 feet": explicitly saying not to merge now but to get ready to merge.  Sometimes you see "use both lanes" signs.  Doesn't matter.  You assholes ignore these signs and merge into a single lane way too early, backing up traffic for everyone.

At about 1000 feet before the lane closure you see signs "merge left" or "merge right".  That's when it's time to merge.  Any signs you see before this are just telling you to get ready.
 
GBB
2013-09-21 12:04:37 PM

PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

I'm looking at you, dickhead beamer with the "Baby on Board" sticker.  You know who you are.  You suck.


"Baby on board"
What is the purpose of these signs:
1) lets first responders know what to look for in the wreckage
2) passively aggressive way of telling other drivers to "take it easy"
3) notification to other drivers to explain the erratic driving
 
2013-09-21 12:04:42 PM
And just as a side note...everyone ..please ..start looking harder for motorcycles. Get off of your iphone and stop texting dumb shiat like "omg..im stopping at McDonalds now, or ...LOL...that was teh funny!!". People on bikes have little protection from stupid drivers who don't care about anyone but themselves. You're not the only ones out there. Look twice.

/thanks...end of public service announcement.
 
2013-09-21 12:05:27 PM
It's like passing a law against texting while driving. How are they expecting to enforce this?
 
2013-09-21 12:07:16 PM

snocone: Just happened to me, here in MN. Prick cut in w/o enough room. I could not stop and was also hit from behind.
Prick was insured by ALLSTATE and they as much as told me to go fark, as I must have been "following" too closely.
ALLSTATE Insurance are asswipes. Agent apologized, off the record, and said supervisor was forcing this decision.
Prick was ticked, did not matter.

ALLFAKE Insurance


Sorry to hear that.  Allstate has been really good to me over the years, though.  (On my homeowners policy, anyway.)  Probably a lot depends on who you deal with, unfortunately, and that goes for every company.
 
2013-09-21 12:08:14 PM

Abox: I've never been bothered by this.  Sometimes when you get to your exit lane, NOBODY will leave a gap so you drive up until you find one.  Since I can't always tell the dif between those folks and the ones just trying to cut the line, I reserve my rage for bigger battles.


Kinda this, but

1) when you see that there's a LOT of places that they can merge but insist on going to the very end.

2) they get out of the lane and THEN race to the end and then cut others off.

3) no signaling, they just plow in between two cars

I drive with the notion that every car is an idiot, regardless of how fantastic a driver they believe themselves to be, I try to stay away from every other car in the best way I can... it has avoided so many collisions it's pretty pathetic.
 
2013-09-21 12:11:03 PM

tripleseven: Abox: I've never been bothered by this.  Sometimes when you get to your exit lane, NOBODY will leave a gap so you drive up until you find one.  Since I can't always tell the dif between those folks and the ones just trying to cut the line, I reserve my rage for bigger battles.

I cut people in line and think it's OK
.

I drive in a constant state of rage, treating every perceived infraction as a deliberate affront to my manhood.



Fixed that for you.
 
2013-09-21 12:12:32 PM
That's an annoying maneuver to pull, but how often will cops be at an exit ramp to catch these people? I'd rather they ticket all the people who use the passing lane to cruise at or below the speed of the traffic in the right lanes. And for the Farkers who will be replying "the speed limit is whatever and I'll drive that speed in the passing lane to slow down the speeders", you aren't the law.

Call the cops if you think people are driving recklessly and let them do their job. I'm still shocked I haven't read a tragic story of some driver was attacked because he thought he would deliberately slow traffic down in the passing lane and another driver attacked him.
 
2013-09-21 12:13:09 PM

aerojockey: PainInTheASP: Now if they would only start ticketing the assholes who ignore miles of "Lane Closed" signs and force their way into the proper lane at the last second.

Look in the mirror, pal.

The real assholes are people like you who see "lane closed two miles ahead" and switch lanes right away.  All that ends up doing it causing traffic to needlessly to back up for miles.  The correct time to merge is about 1000 feet ahead of the lane closure.  When you go through a construction zone you will see signs like "lange closed 2 miles ahead": nothing about merging now.  Sometimes you'll see "merge in 2000 feet": explicitly saying not to merge now but to get ready to merge.  Sometimes you see "use both lanes" signs.  Doesn't matter.  You assholes ignore these signs and merge into a single lane way too early, backing up traffic for everyone.

At about 1000 feet before the lane closure you see signs "merge left" or "merge right".  That's when it's time to merge.  Any signs you see before this are just telling you to get ready.


DERP... he stated "at the last second."

and being caught in that scenario once that caused me to have an accident, the asshats that pushes to the very end and then cut everyone else, causing everyone to hit their brakes in an emergency fashion (my motorcycle slipped on the morning dew covered metal separator of the bridge... wrong time, wrong place).

Think the guy cared or realized what he caused? no, like a dumbass he probably tapped himself on the back for his madz skills.

So you fail at reading comprehension... and probably this type of derp that causes accidents and droves on thinking of how great a driver you are.
 
pla
2013-09-21 12:14:29 PM
Super Chronic : Um.

Driver's Ed 101 - "Safe following distance" means at least one car-length per 10MPH.

Merging lanes (on the highway) generally slow to 30-40MPH, making "safe" mean three to four car lengths.Three car lengths will not keep anyone from cutting in front of you. And in more aggressive areas (I93 through Boston, for example), people will cut in and literally dare to to hit them if you leave half a car length for them to nose into.

Therefore, the suggestion to "safely" make it impossible for a car to cut in front of you amounts to a suggestion to drive with a very unsafe distance between cars. NewportBarGuy pretty much has it right - In order to physically block these asses from cutting in, you need to literally drive a foot or two from the car ahead of you.
 
2013-09-21 12:15:57 PM
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"I'm surrounded by assholes!"

/damn you Fark mobile and no pic posting abilities.
 
2013-09-21 12:18:32 PM
I have a question for the 'merging early' vs 'zipper merge' people. Is either one actually faster? Given that you have to put the same number of cars through the same constricted space, does it honestly matter when you merge? I mean, if you 'zipper merge', the traffic tailback might be half as long, but won't it take the exact same amount of time to get through?
 
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