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(Washington Post)   Road fatalities were down 8% in March vs the year prior, but the rate per driven miles went up 14% due to racers treating the Beltways as NASCAR ovals   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-05-20 2:25:51 PM  
Subby must not know that people have always used the beltway as a racetrack. I once had someone pass me at 90 mph using the inside shoulder.
 
2020-05-20 3:41:23 PM  
Yeah but did they hit the pace car?
 
2020-05-20 3:42:22 PM  
Initially, there was a lot of noise late at night screeching tires and phartcanning, but I suspect most of those drivers no longer have working cars.
 
2020-05-20 3:43:23 PM  
I heard a couple croch rockets on the expressway the other day. They went through all six gears full throttle, and then continued with the rpms maxed for 20 seconds before they let up.
 
2020-05-20 3:45:05 PM  
I drove on I-285 yesterday going 80mph (which is the standard speed everyone drives) and someone went past me in a Charger going what I estimate to be 130mph.  I looked in my rear view and saw him coming and was like "Whoa.  That guy is coming fast."  I saw several cars easily going 95mph.
 
2020-05-20 3:45:23 PM  
It's Maryland law to treat the eastern crescent of the Capitol Beltway as a NASCAR/ WorldStarHipHop/ #YourOwnPersonalProvingGround/ Autobahn-West facility.
 
2020-05-20 3:45:28 PM  
Only 8%? People are dumb AF. How is it not down 90%?
 
2020-05-20 3:49:29 PM  
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2020-05-20 3:50:40 PM  

lolmao500: Only 8%? People are dumb AF. How is it not down 90%?


The answer is literally in the headline.
 
2020-05-20 3:51:05 PM  
Autonomous cars for the mass market can't arrive soon enough.
 
2020-05-20 3:52:15 PM  
Some 18 y/o genius got clocked doing 308 kph (191 mph) up here in Canucklestan.
The cops gave him a vacay from driving for a while.
 
2020-05-20 3:55:57 PM  

lolmao500: Only 8%? People are dumb AF. How is it not down 90%?


You sound New York City.

I have a Democratic governor, and curbside and drive thru was never banned at any store and just about all blue collar work was deemed essential  The traffic in the non retail parts of town never got much lighter than the average no school day.
 
2020-05-20 3:57:28 PM  
I-70 in Missouri has been resembling the Daytona 500 for weeks now. Haven't seen MHP in the St. Louis area for quite a while now.
 
2020-05-20 3:58:16 PM  

12349876: lolmao500: Only 8%? People are dumb AF. How is it not down 90%?

You sound New York City.

I have a Democratic governor, and curbside and drive thru was never banned at any store and just about all blue collar work was deemed essential  The traffic in the non retail parts of town never got much lighter than the average no school day.


Should clarify blue collar. Lots of big factories shut, but construction and trades keot chugging along.
 
2020-05-20 4:00:51 PM  
So what Subbyis saying is, traffic is safer not when it is slower, but when there are fewer zombies driving around with their cruise control on and their brains off.  Got it.
 
2020-05-20 4:02:24 PM  
At the other end of the speed spectrum, the reduced traffic seems to have encouraged some people who can't drive to come out and try it again. Scary. Like a ten-year-old with a shopping cart.
 
2020-05-20 4:04:40 PM  
I'm sorry, the moment I hear "group says" I have to ask "what's their angle".
So unless there is some official data, even by insurance companies, I find things hard to swallow.

/general statement, not specifically for this case
//DNRTA
///just FYI, and if you were confused at first like me, article talks about fatalities, not extra driving or extra traffic, just that total fatalities are down, but increased fatalities as a percentage. Which, honestly doesn't mean much if fewer people are driving, and much less miles but the usual numskulls are still out there
 
2020-05-20 4:04:50 PM  
Subby, have you ever been on 285 outside Atlanta?  Or on any highway in the Atlanta Metro area?

No matter what the conditions there are a shiat ton of people who go as fast as they possibly can at all times.  There's a reason we call GA400 The Alpharetta Autobahn.

Sure, you're not going anywhere fast during rush hour but other than during reallyheavy traffic it's a given you'll see at least one person breaking three digits on their speedometer.
 
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2020-05-20 4:07:20 PM  
The traffic fatality data, compiled from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, confirm the alarming reports across the country that speeding and reckless driving during the health crisis are leading to a disproportionate number of crashes and fatalities.

Massachusetts has an up-to-date database of fatal accidents along with the contributing factors determined by police. A large majority are not blamed on speed.  Police are out writing speeding tickets anyway because they don't know what else to do.
 
2020-05-20 4:12:07 PM  
I heard the Cannonball Run record was broken like 5 times this year already. 

/yes, it's a real thing
 
2020-05-20 4:14:13 PM  

ImpendingCynic: Subby must not know that people have always used the beltway as a racetrack. I once had someone pass me at 90 mph using the inside shoulder.


You were doing less than 90 and you weren't in the right hand lane?  You're a road hazard and a danger to everyone on the road.
 
2020-05-20 4:22:02 PM  
I guess this proves ... laws ... work?
 
2020-05-20 4:25:41 PM  

FarkBucket18: I guess this proves ... laws ... work?


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2020-05-20 4:41:01 PM  
Is Elliot Segal still at DC101?

There was a promotion called the Smell My Face Beltway Race where Bryan "Flounder" Schlossberg raced Kurt Busch and another year when he raced Helio Castroneves.  Flounder won both races.

2nd race transcript
 
2020-05-20 4:42:55 PM  

Sean VasDeferens: ImpendingCynic: Subby must not know that people have always used the beltway as a racetrack. I once had someone pass me at 90 mph using the inside shoulder.

You were doing less than 90 and you weren't in the right hand lane?  You're a road hazard and a danger to everyone on the road.


I was only in the left lane because I was passing someone slower. The ass was too impatient to wait for me to finish.

And this was 20 years ago. It's worse now.
 
2020-05-20 4:47:17 PM  

lolmao500: Only 8%? People are dumb AF. How is it not down 90%?


Because unemployment is only around 18%, not 90%? This is America, not Europe. We don't do public transit.
 
2020-05-20 4:56:36 PM  
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2020-05-20 5:00:26 PM  
and this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I'm all about letting the dumb go back out into society and cleanse themselves form the gene pool.
 
2020-05-20 5:25:36 PM  
I think we ought to "lock down" every car at the factory so that they won't go any faster than 15-20 miles per hour. Think of how safe that would be and how many more deaths it would prevent.

After all, I don't want you Crash Rats thinking you have the right to endanger my grandma on I-90 when you're driving to get a haircut or volleyball practice at 90 mph.
 
2020-05-20 5:44:01 PM  
7 people broke the cannonball record during the pandemic. Coast to coast in less than 27 hours.
 
2020-05-20 6:11:47 PM  
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2020-05-20 6:14:31 PM  

ImpendingCynic: I was only in the left lane because I was passing someone slower


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2020-05-20 7:13:19 PM  

ImpendingCynic: Subby must not know that people have always used the beltway as a racetrack. I once had someone pass me at 90 mph using the inside shoulder.


I've never driven on the beltway within 20 mph of the posted speed limit
 
2020-05-20 7:19:17 PM  
One of the best trolls I ever saw on Fark was "It's a speed limit, not a speed minimum".
 
2020-05-20 8:21:32 PM  

This text is now purple: ImpendingCynic: Subby must not know that people have always used the beltway as a racetrack. I once had someone pass me at 90 mph using the inside shoulder.

I've never driven on the beltway within 20 mph of the posted speed limit


I drove on the beltway once, in early March, on a Saturday.  I was towing a car hauler and we never got within 20mph of the posted speed limit.  Hell, I think we spend 20 miles never getting over 15mph.

/which is SUPER EXCITING when you are towing a trailer that is as wide as the lane you are in, in bumper to bumper traffic, and it seems like every lane you are in is about to end so you have to change lanes
 
2020-05-20 8:35:52 PM  
Beltway?  Ever done 163 mph on an empty highway in northern AZ?

Me either.
 
2020-05-20 9:34:09 PM  
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2020-05-20 9:51:16 PM  
I believe that if the numerous Highway Patrols actually enforced "slower traffic keep right" laws, the number of auto accidents on major highways would fall (how much is the question).

Instead, it has become too easy for the HP to park their car, sit in air conditioned comfort, play on their cell phones, and wait for their radar gun to beep before finally doing their job.

I will never understand why unmarked patrols cannot go up and down a section of road, pulling over anyone that does not get out of the left lane and allow faster traffic to pass, no matter the speed. To me, that would be easy money for the state. It would probably result in something akin to positive press for the HP, since they are actually doing something for once.
 
2020-05-20 10:38:05 PM  

Kellner21: I believe that if the numerous Highway Patrols actually enforced "slower traffic keep right" laws, the number of auto accidents on major highways would fall (how much is the question).

Instead, it has become too easy for the HP to park their car, sit in air conditioned comfort, play on their cell phones, and wait for their radar gun to beep before finally doing their job.

I will never understand why unmarked patrols cannot go up and down a section of road, pulling over anyone that does not get out of the left lane and allow faster traffic to pass, no matter the speed. To me, that would be easy money for the state. It would probably result in something akin to positive press for the HP, since they are actually doing something for once.


I'll tell you why, it would be too farking easy and is not what the upper brass want.
 
2020-05-20 11:50:45 PM  
So, the National Highway Safety Council still has something to do when fewer people use the highways. Most impressive. Now, what about safety?
 
2020-05-20 11:58:55 PM  
Linkster: Kellner21: I believe that if the numerous Highway Patrols actually enforced "slower traffic keep right" laws, the number of auto accidents on major highways would fall (how much is the question).

Those laws are the result of the natural and logical principle that people who want to drive fast should be allowed to drive fast, and they should have the right-of-way over people who drive safely. Which is precisely what this article is about: people who drive fast cause more accidents and kill more people.
 
2020-05-21 7:10:42 AM  

Kellner21: I believe that if the numerous Highway Patrols actually enforced "slower traffic keep right" laws, the number of auto accidents on major highways would fall (how much is the question).

Instead, it has become too easy for the HP to park their car, sit in air conditioned comfort, play on their cell phones, and wait for their radar gun to beep before finally doing their job.



Ohio highway patrol very well WILL ticket you for parking in the left lane.  I've seen it happen, this week was the most recent time.  (Some d-bag in a U-Haul had a quarter mile long conga line behind in the left lane, while the center lane was clear)

Also, in Ohio passing on the right is legal, although frowned upon.  I'm more than willing to pass on the right, because someone who has no courtesy will not understand it when you try it yourself, so fark 'em.
 
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