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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 3:55:57 PM  
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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 3:51:05 PM  
3 votes:
Autonomous cars for the mass market can't arrive soon enough.
 
2020-05-20 9:51:16 PM  
2 votes:
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 5:25:36 PM  
2 votes:
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 4:25:41 PM  
2 votes:

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


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2020-05-20 3:45:28 PM  
2 votes:
Only 8%? People are dumb AF. How is it not down 90%?
 
2020-05-20 7:13:19 PM  
1 vote:

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 5:00:26 PM  
1 vote:
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 4:47:17 PM  
1 vote:

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 4:12:07 PM  
1 vote:
I heard the Cannonball Run record was broken like 5 times this year already. 

/yes, it's a real thing
 
2020-05-20 4:04:40 PM  
1 vote:
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 3:49:29 PM  
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2020-05-20 3:45:23 PM  
1 vote:
It's Maryland law to treat the eastern crescent of the Capitol Beltway as a NASCAR/ WorldStarHipHop/ #YourOwnPersonalProvingGround/ Autobahn-West facility.
 
2020-05-20 3:42:22 PM  
1 vote:
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.
 
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