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2021-03-03 7:55:20 PM  
A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, Lt. Yanko Reyes, told the newspaper that while it's a tough break for the couple, troopers have discretion when issuing traffic citations. He added that drivers are supposed to maintain control of their vehicles.

"You have to look at the totality of the circumstances," Reyes said. "Remember, in Florida it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you because that way you have enough time to react in case something like this happens, in case somebody brakes, in case debris falls on the roadway. "

ACABS FOREVER.
 
2021-03-03 8:12:31 PM  
I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?
 
2021-03-03 8:18:50 PM  
Cops seldom pass up an opportunity to make quota.
 
2021-03-03 8:58:34 PM  
I am getting a psychic message about the race of all the people involved.
 
2021-03-03 9:14:04 PM  
Cops NEVER pass up a chance to be an asshole.
 
2021-03-03 10:05:26 PM  
Well, that cop is a real piece of shiat.
 
2021-03-03 10:05:54 PM  
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2021-03-03 10:06:10 PM  

Lambskincoat: I am getting a psychic message about the race of all the people involved.


also, out of state driver's license.  This should serve as incentive for those people to not return to Florida.
 
2021-03-03 10:06:30 PM  

WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?


No idea about the exact circumstances, but theoretically if they were driving the recommended two seconds behind the car in front, they should have had ample time to brake to a stop.

// and possibly get rear-ended :/
 
2021-03-03 10:07:30 PM  
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Could've been worse.
 
2021-03-03 10:09:17 PM  

Arkanaut: WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?

No idea about the exact circumstances, but theoretically if they were driving the recommended two seconds behind the car in front, they should have had ample time to brake to a stop.

// and possibly get rear-ended :/


A sudden thing in the road, while everybody is traveling at interstate highway speeds?  Unless their car had rocket thrusters pointing towards the front, two seconds still wouldn't be enough time to stop (without hitting the couch).
 
2021-03-03 10:09:21 PM  
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2021-03-03 10:09:25 PM  
Sofa King Euna Veil a bull fork a mint.
 
2021-03-03 10:09:46 PM  

WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?


They were supposed to have not flowed so clsoe behind a loaded vehicle at such a  speed that they could not have in a safe manor avoided a collision with any load that becomes detached from the carrier.


They can see it's loaded. they can and should ascertain that following close behind such a load at speed is a dangerous assumption to make. As we see here in this example.
 
2021-03-03 10:10:04 PM  
I was in a motorcycle when the fark in front of me lost his unsecured couch of the back of his truck.  When a couch comes bouncing in all sorts of random directions at you, it kinda makes it hard to know which way to go.

I got lucky.
 
2021-03-03 10:11:18 PM  
If they fight the ticket they will almost certainly win. "Choice of evils."
 
2021-03-03 10:11:45 PM  
Nobody expects the Spanish Seat Cushion!
 
2021-03-03 10:12:05 PM  

MythDragon: I was in a motorcycle when the fark in front of me lost his unsecured couch of the back of his truck.  When a couch comes bouncing in all sorts of random directions at you, it kinda makes it hard to know which way to go.

I got lucky.


Wouldn't it have been better to be ON the motorcycle instead of in it?
 
2021-03-03 10:12:10 PM  

Arkanaut: WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?

No idea about the exact circumstances, but theoretically if they were driving the recommended two seconds behind the car in front, they should have had ample time to brake to a stop.

// and possibly get rear-ended :/


It probably would have done less damage to the car and been less dangerous overall to just hit the couch. The car would have ended up in the body shop and the occupants likely would not have needed to be extracted from the vehicle upside down.
 
2021-03-03 10:12:42 PM  
Discussion is key, deciding between what you're definitely going to collide with versus what you may potentially collide with
 
2021-03-03 10:13:27 PM  
"A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, Lt. Yanko Reyes, told the newspaper that while it's a tough break for the couple,"

Lt. Yanko Reyes can get farked with a couch traveling at approximately 60mph.

F*cking dickheaded cops.
 
2021-03-03 10:13:33 PM  
I bet they didn't even talk about it before they crashed tsk tsk
 
2021-03-03 10:13:38 PM  

Somaticasual: Nobody expects the Spanish Seat Cushion!


Now that's some funny shiat.
 
2021-03-03 10:14:24 PM  

MythDragon: I was in a motorcycle when the fark in front of me lost his unsecured couch of the back of his truck.  When a couch comes bouncing in all sorts of random directions at you, it kinda makes it hard to know which way to go.

I got lucky.


especially in a motorcycle.
 
2021-03-03 10:16:15 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, Lt. Yanko Reyes, told the newspaper that while it's a tough break for the couple, troopers have discretion when issuing traffic citations. He added that drivers are supposed to maintain control of their vehicles.

"You have to look at the totality of the circumstances," Reyes said. "Remember, in Florida it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you because that way you have enough time to react in case something like this happens, in case somebody brakes, in case debris falls on the roadway. "

ACABS FOREVER.


I've been to traffic court a time or three and seen people get nailed on failure to maintain control.

One guy swerved to miss a dog and ditched himself pretty bad. Only damage was to his car (totalled) and no other property. Cop actually testified he handed him a ticket as they were loading him on ambulance.

Someone else was in the mountains and lost her brakes.  She could either go zipping off into the woods blue yonder or put herself into the side of the mountain to slow down and stop.  She got charged with it as well.

In VA it's a class 1 misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail. For a goddamn accident.
 
2021-03-03 10:17:56 PM  
This shiat happened to me in Davenport, IA.
 
2021-03-03 10:18:36 PM  
"I'm not going to make it to this party"
*Flips into ravine-like quarry*
 
2021-03-03 10:18:42 PM  
I'd fight it in court. The government isn't allowed to enforce a law that requires you to kill yourself.
 
2021-03-03 10:19:08 PM  

anuran: If they fight the ticket they will almost certainly win. "Choice of evils."


I agree with you that the court would probably dismiss the ticket, but...

It's $166 fine (maybe points, the article didn't say) and they live in D.C. I'm not sure it's worth their time and effort to go back to Florida to fight it. Which is exactly what Florida is hoping for.

Although, with COVID restrictions in place maybe they could get their case heard remotely.
 
2021-03-03 10:25:04 PM  

NM Volunteer: Arkanaut: WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?

No idea about the exact circumstances, but theoretically if they were driving the recommended two seconds behind the car in front, they should have had ample time to brake to a stop.

// and possibly get rear-ended :/

A sudden thing in the road, while everybody is traveling at interstate highway speeds?  Unless their car had rocket thrusters pointing towards the front, two seconds still wouldn't be enough time to stop (without hitting the couch).


The couch fell off a moving truck, right? It probably would have had forward momentum too.

Also, it's a couch. It probably has upholstery and shiat.
 
2021-03-03 10:33:04 PM  
I drove over-the-road for 30 years, two best pieces of advice I can give is pay attention to everything and never, ever leave the road.
 
2021-03-03 10:33:11 PM  
First thing that popped to mind reading headline....
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2021-03-03 10:34:12 PM  

PvtStash: WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?

They were supposed to have not flowed so clsoe behind a loaded vehicle at such a  speed that they could not have in a safe manor avoided a collision with any load that becomes detached from the carrier.


They can see it's loaded. they can and should ascertain that following close behind such a load at speed is a dangerous assumption to make. As we see here in this example.


I hear what you're saying, but their ticket was for failure to stay in their lane.  So the only option that would have remained to them would have been to slam on the brakes and come to a stop...

But that would have gotten them a ticket for stopping in the middle of the freeway.

I suppose they could have installed rockets on their car and flew over the couch...

But that would have gotten them in trouble with the FAA for flying an unlicensed aircraft.

Perhaps they could have simply phased right through the couch...

But then they would have gotten a ticket for breaking the laws of physics.

No matter how you cut it, they were screwed.

Next time, kids:  Drive a snowplow!
 
2021-03-03 10:37:26 PM  

cew-smoke: I'd fight it in court. The government isn't allowed to enforce a law that requires you to kill yourself.


That is very true.  Just yesterday I heard a highway patrolman actually say that very thing:  When your life is in danger, no law can be enforced that would require you to die.
 
2021-03-03 10:37:55 PM  

PvtStash: WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?

They were supposed to have not flowed so clsoe behind a loaded vehicle at such a  speed that they could not have in a safe manor avoided a collision with any load that becomes detached from the carrier.


They can see it's loaded. they can and should ascertain that following close behind such a load at speed is a dangerous assumption to make. As we see here in this example.


I had to check that this wasn't a post by Cruiser12.

/Seriously, the ahole with the unsecured load was the cause of the crash, not the victim who swerved to avoid it
//Give them the well deserved ticket
///But that would require more work than showing up at a hospital
 
2021-03-03 10:39:00 PM  

cew-smoke: I'd fight it in court. The government isn't allowed to enforce a law that requires you to kill yourself.


You'd travel to Florida, probably more than once, and pay a lawyer, for $166?
 
2021-03-03 10:39:12 PM  

Arkanaut: Also, it's a couch. It probably has upholstery and shiat.


And a frame that's made out of wooden boards.  That can easily puncture through the windshield and impale you.  Especially at freeway speeds.
 
2021-03-03 10:42:55 PM  

robodog: PvtStash: WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?

They were supposed to have not flowed so clsoe behind a loaded vehicle at such a  speed that they could not have in a safe manor avoided a collision with any load that becomes detached from the carrier.


They can see it's loaded. they can and should ascertain that following close behind such a load at speed is a dangerous assumption to make. As we see here in this example.

I had to check that this wasn't a post by Cruiser12.

/Seriously, the ahole with the unsecured load was the cause of the crash, not the victim who swerved to avoid it
//Give them the well deserved ticket
///But that would require more work than showing up at a hospital


I'd bet large money that couch was visibly moving around before it came off the truck; furniture rarelt teleports directly from a truck bed to a roadway without intermediate steps.

I managed over 4 million miles without an accident by following one simple technique: Keep track of everybody I can see and expect them to do the stupidest thing possible, and have a plan.
 
2021-03-03 10:44:18 PM  

Jeff5: cew-smoke: I'd fight it in court. The government isn't allowed to enforce a law that requires you to kill yourself.

You'd travel to Florida, probably more than once, and pay a lawyer, for $166?


Depends, is the insurance company going to find you at fault due to the ticket? Also, sometimes it's more about the principal of the thing than the money. I've actually spent a day off work and more in court costs than just paying off the ticket to be found not responsible, more than once.
 
2021-03-03 10:44:43 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: MythDragon: I was in a motorcycle when the fark in front of me lost his unsecured couch of the back of his truck.  When a couch comes bouncing in all sorts of random directions at you, it kinda makes it hard to know which way to go.

I got lucky.

Wouldn't it have been better to be ON the motorcycle instead of in it?


Don't kink shame.
 
2021-03-03 10:45:08 PM  
in Florida it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you because that way you have enough time to react

They did have time to react. And that reaction took them into the median and flipped their car.

If they didn't have time to react they would have hit the couch.
 
2021-03-03 10:47:20 PM  

MythDragon: In VA it's a class 1 misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail. For a goddamn accident.


Facing that it would be a good idea to lawyer up.

If anyone's curious, here's his Twitter. He's a bit irked. https://twitter.com/jakesing_?s=09
 
2021-03-03 10:48:12 PM  

PvtStash: WickerNipple: I suppose they were supposed to hit the couch head on rather than muss up the median?

They were supposed to have not flowed so clsoe behind a loaded vehicle at such a  speed that they could not have in a safe manor avoided a collision with any load that becomes detached from the carrier.


They can see it's loaded. they can and should ascertain that following close behind such a load at speed is a dangerous assumption to make. As we see here in this example.


I'd be down for testing your ability to dodge a couch.

I have the feeling you're one of those people who drives an SUV with high beams on entirely too close in the right lane.
 
2021-03-03 10:49:24 PM  
" PIVOT!! "
 
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2021-03-03 10:49:54 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: "Remember, in Florida it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you".


I don't know if Officer Yanko is correct, but determining adequate spacing at highway speeds based on car lengths... seems about right for Florida.

2 seconds on the other hand, I understand better, since it scales with speed. Used to be 3 seconds and 4 seconds at night, but good luck not getting cut off, now.
 
2021-03-03 10:57:58 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: MythDragon: I was in a motorcycle when the fark in front of me lost his unsecured couch of the back of his truck.  When a couch comes bouncing in all sorts of random directions at you, it kinda makes it hard to know which way to go.

I got lucky.

Wouldn't it have been better to be ON the motorcycle instead of in it?


You ride your way, I'll ride mine.
 
2021-03-03 11:00:34 PM  

MythDragon: Herr Flick's Revenge: MythDragon: I was in a motorcycle when the fark in front of me lost his unsecured couch of the back of his truck.  When a couch comes bouncing in all sorts of random directions at you, it kinda makes it hard to know which way to go.

I got lucky.

Wouldn't it have been better to be ON the motorcycle instead of in it?

You ride your way, I'll ride mine.


You can admit you were in the sidecar.

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2021-03-03 11:07:10 PM  

mtrac: MythDragon: In VA it's a class 1 misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail. For a goddamn accident.

Facing that it would be a good idea to lawyer up.

If anyone's curious, here's his Twitter. He's a bit irked. https://twitter.com/jakesing_?s=09


I was in a minor accident in a work vehicle. It was super heavy rain with lots of flooding. I went to turn a corner with a big puddle. Only beneath the puddle wasn't road but ditch. I started to fall in and pulled hard left to avoid tipping over.  All that muddy water sprayed across my windshield and I couldn't see.   I ended up t-boning guy in another commercial vehicle. His was fine with some small dents in the bumper (solid steel) my Chevy Express had the bumper pushed in to far to be drivable.
No injuries. Cop gives me failure to maintain control and a court date like 3 days later, which was odd, since tickets are usually a month+ out. I get the to find out it's arrangement and they are asking who needs lawyers when I am informed I'm looking at a year in jail. I tell the judge that it was a simple accident and already being handled by insurance. He seemed surprised the cop cited me with a misdemeanor. I told him I was ready to get the case over with and didn't want to come back.  He ended up dismissing the charge.
 
2021-03-03 11:12:28 PM  
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Mattresses are a more common hazard. I saw one balled up under a car on the highway one night, before the cops got there. Havoc.
 
2021-03-03 11:21:04 PM  
looks like their website has a form where you can "praise" an employee of DHSMV
unfortunately the selfless hero and victi... I mean member of the public didn't provide his name but Lt. Yanko Reyes spoke for him

also this is there email
FHP­[nospam-﹫-backwards]v­ms­h­lf*gov

and some complaint process compliance phone number
850-617-2305

/seriously what a ghoul to ticket people for avoiding getting hit by giant flying debris. Cops are clearly nothing but highway men
 
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