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(Baltimore Sun)   Maryland Transportation Authority will post "do not tailgate" sign to keep trucks from launching more cars into Chesapeake Bay. Even though it was just a Chrysler   (baltimoresun.com) divider line 10
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2014-03-20 04:59:49 PM
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The Maryland GOP can meet in a booth at the Double T.                                                                     The whole beauty of Maryland is that it's a Peoples' Paradise; the perfect one party state.
Just ask  "Mike" Miller. That ole man must be doing sumphin' right - He's been in the Senate for 50 years.
2014-03-20 01:12:36 PM
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mjones73: I'm surprised no one has been punted off the Tydings bridge either.

When you're driving over it, it looks like a normal road with standard jersey walls on the side.

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You're actually this high up over the water.

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I think it does help it's a straight pass over the water and the toll plaza is up the road from it.


I sort of wish the first one was animated, so you could see cars get buffeted from one lane to the other. It might be calm passing Havre de Grace, but as soon as you come out of that pass onto the bridge (northbound; southbound, it might be calm coming out of the DE toll), it's like a date with your mom - you get blown all over the road.
2014-03-20 12:20:29 PM
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Cdr.Murdock: I'll be the first to admit I hate that bridge.  Driving it in a car isn't so bad, but in a pickup truck, I just see myself going in the drink if someone tags me, and I just don't trust most of the aersholes out there on the road today.

One of the spans of the De. Memorial is like that too.  like ZERO guardrail.  The second span built (incidentally, I can see the Del Mem Br from my office window) has Jersey barriers on it.  Same thing with the Walt Whitman Bridge (both were designed by the same engineer, and share many characteristics).

The Ben Franklin bridge is a pleasure to cross.  The girders shield the roadway, so if some dope tags you, you're not going in the river.

It's not so much the idea of heights, it's the design of the span in conjunction with the traffic.  Here, you had an individual who drives for a living (you would hope, a "professional") and he caused a crash that put someone in the drink.


I'll bet you'd just love the Harry W. Nice bridge!  (Rte 301, crosses the Potomac between MD and VA).  I'm not bridge-phobic (unlike my sister, who will cringe down to the floorboards if she's not driving) but that bridge gives me the Willies.

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Narrow lanes, no shoulder at all, just jersey barriers and a lovely view of the waters to either side.

And just for emphasis:

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2014-03-20 11:57:46 AM
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Meatschool: Actually, the reason this happens isn't because Marylanders like to tailgate, it's that they like to cut people off. Let's say I'm Mr. Good Driver and I leave a nice gap between myself and the car in front of me. Some jackass is going to dive into that gap and slam on their brakes. Then when I rear-end that jackass, I'm cited for tailgating. It's happened. So to prevent that, you have to keep that gap too small to get a car into it, hence tailgating.


I've noticed that MD drivers are THE WORST at staying out of a blind spot. When they see you signal for a lane change, they'll get right up in it, for no good reason at all.

// and the sooner they put a bounty on DC cabbies, the better
// but that's just my pet peeve
2014-03-20 11:56:07 AM
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I've never seen a situation where following the vehicle in front of you closely accomplishes anything.
Even when stopped at a light, leaving space is a good idea.
Sometimes, someone in front of you has car trouble, and, if you leave space, you can change lanes and get around it.

With no space, you can try to back up or you can honk your horn.
2014-03-20 11:52:10 AM
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Scrotastic Method: BunkyBrewman: I never thought that area was bad.

I grew up on the island on the east end of the bridge, so crossing was a daily occurrence. 90% of people are fine and treat it like the highway it is. But the rest are mortally terrified of it. Driving 30 mph, white knuckling the whole way. I know people that have lived their life in Queen Anne's County and have never crossed the bridge. If they need to get to the western shore they go up around the bay. It's inane.

Plus there's no reason for the traffic. None. People see a highway cone or a flashing light and it's time to creep. That bridge is maddening. So glad to be far, far away.

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Trying to get Maryland drivers not to tailgate? Good luck with that. Might as well try to convince birds not to fly.

You sound slow.


Actually, the reason this happens isn't because Marylanders like to tailgate, it's that they like to cut people off.  Let's say I'm Mr. Good Driver and I leave a nice gap between myself and the car in front of me.  Some jackass is going to dive into that gap and slam on their brakes.  Then when I rear-end that jackass, I'm cited for tailgating.  It's happened.  So to prevent that, you have to keep that gap too small to get a car into it, hence tailgating.

/so glad I moved away from the city
//now in PA, whole different set of problems
2014-03-20 11:41:54 AM
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Tailgating is a sport here in Maryland. I often have to brake check at least one driver on my way to and from work.

// Don't even get me started on all the farktards on University Boulevard near Langley Park, MD.
2014-03-20 11:28:02 AM
1 votes:
Trying to get Maryland drivers not to tailgate? Good luck with that. Might as well try to convince birds not to fly.
2014-03-20 09:55:25 AM
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I never thought that area was bad.  The two tunnels though.. they scare the shiat out of me when I drive on through the bay bridge.  Every scenario possible seems to go through my brain during the short time you're underwater.  "Why isn't that guy going at least 45?"  "What the hell happens if an accident occurs"  "Oh shiat, is that water I see leaking from the walls"  And then.. daylight.  *whew*
2014-03-20 09:33:46 AM
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ginandbacon: "The new NTSB report found that between 2008 and 2010, the highest concentration of accidents on the bridge occurred in the area where Lovasz hit Lake's vehicle, after the eastbound toll plaza and entering the leftward curve.
Between 2002 and 2012, according to MdTA accident reports, 624 crashes occurred on the bridge's two spans. Five people were killed in three accidents."

I'm not sure new signage is going to help with that.


Furthermore, "tailgating" was not even remotely the cause of this accident. Dude was going 50, wasn't paying attention, came up on traffic going 4, and slammed on the brakes at the very last second (only managed to slow to 47).
 
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