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(Car and Driver)   Traffic fatalities dropped for the first time in two years this spring, showing even the worst road-ragers cut back their killing ways when they can't afford the gas to ride your ass   (caranddriver.com) divider line
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2022-09-25 12:31:36 AM  
Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?
 
2022-09-25 1:58:07 AM  
Yeah. Less road rage from being cooped up and only out for a bit. The ones who WERE out knew they had to go back in again as soon as they were done.
 
2022-09-25 4:18:14 AM  

spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?


Wide open roads, cheap gas, nowhere to go, people went zoom zoom zoom.
 
2022-09-25 4:23:48 AM  

spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?


it wasn't really lockdown was it?

we had a 2nd CoVid wave in Jan21, and by spring we were out of lockdown
 
2022-09-25 4:46:52 AM  

spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?


I can attest. I ran over ZERO people during the lockdown.
 
2022-09-25 4:50:54 AM  

spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?


Nah man they're just calling all the traffic death's as covid
 
2022-09-25 5:12:23 AM  

spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?


Traffic fatalities have been dropping for a very long time
 
2022-09-25 5:15:40 AM  
Don't hold your breath.  I commute into Massachusettes and the highway speeds went up dramatically during the pandemic.  We're talking go 80 or get run over on a 4 lane highway but there were less people.  since the end of summer there's a lot more cars and the speeds are just as high or worse.  i'll encounter usually a half dozen cars pushing 100 and zig zagging accross 3 lanes at 5:30 in the morning.  Q3 numbers will be higher.
 
2022-09-25 5:27:12 AM  
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Well part of his wish is coming true. If only Officer Cornjob was still around.
 
2022-09-25 5:53:34 AM  
Or older less efficient cars have been replaced by newer safer cars?
 
2022-09-25 6:14:15 AM  

optikeye: Or older less efficient cars have been replaced by newer safer cars?


That, and all us Boomers are finally not driving as much as we used to.  I'm seeing younger drivers are much more cautious than those of us that drove the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.  "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" wasn't supposed to be an instructional song, but damned if a bunch of us didn't take it to heart.
 
2022-09-25 6:44:48 AM  

cherryl taggart: optikeye: Or older less efficient cars have been replaced by newer safer cars?

That, and all us Boomers are finally not driving as much as we used to.  I'm seeing younger drivers are much more cautious than those of us that drove the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.  "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" wasn't supposed to be an instructional song, but damned if a bunch of us didn't take it to heart.


But u never gave shiat?
Ur generation is leaving ur great grand kids shiat.
Why didnt any of u try? Rather than feel entitled?
Ur not.
 
2022-09-25 6:46:57 AM  

ProfessorTerguson: cherryl taggart: optikeye: Or older less efficient cars have been replaced by newer safer cars?

That, and all us Boomers are finally not driving as much as we used to.  I'm seeing younger drivers are much more cautious than those of us that drove the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.  "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" wasn't supposed to be an instructional song, but damned if a bunch of us didn't take it to heart.

But u never gave shiat?
Ur generation is leaving ur great grand kids shiat.
Why didnt any of u try? Rather than feel entitled?
Ur not.


Where were u during do not what thos country speech?
U didnt think but muscle cars during and after Watergate?
Iran contra?
 
2022-09-25 6:57:59 AM  

ProfessorTerguson: cherryl taggart: optikeye: Or older less efficient cars have been replaced by newer safer cars?

That, and all us Boomers are finally not driving as much as we used to.  I'm seeing younger drivers are much more cautious than those of us that drove the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.  "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" wasn't supposed to be an instructional song, but damned if a bunch of us didn't take it to heart.

But u never gave shiat?
Ur generation is leaving ur great grand kids shiat.
Why didnt any of u try? Rather than feel entitled?
Ur not.


Goodlard. That's a painful to read post. UR STEWPIED U UR B STEW PIED.
 
2022-09-25 7:13:05 AM  
Street racing became the only thing to do in the pandemic.  It was every night around here. I'm no longer hearing it every night.  I probably hear it once a month lately.  Young people are back in the clubs.
 
2022-09-25 7:22:33 AM  
So you're saying that higher gas prices have the same effect on traffic fatalities as allowing abortion does on crime rates?

Time to raise prices and get back to doing the other thing.
 
2022-09-25 7:25:45 AM  
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// know it
/// live it
 
2022-09-25 7:28:20 AM  

laid back w/bud light: Don't hold your breath.  I commute into Massachusettes and the highway speeds went up dramatically during the pandemic.  We're talking go 80 or get run over on a 4 lane highway but there were less people.  since the end of summer there's a lot more cars and the speeds are just as high or worse.  i'll encounter usually a half dozen cars pushing 100 and zig zagging accross 3 lanes at 5:30 in the morning.  Q3 numbers will be higher.


Connecticut here. Yup. 80mph is the norm on routes 91 and 84 here now. My wife gets run over in the right lane going 70mph on her commute.

I've been cycling to my work since 2011. All backroad suburbs. Six miles. I have never seen a car accident until this year and there have been three I've passed so far. I know: anecdotal. But how fast must have you been going to lose your engine block in a 30mph zone?
 
2022-09-25 7:29:20 AM  

spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?


Traffic here in Boston returned to pre-covid in September.  Now I see at least three accidents every morning on the way to work.
 
2022-09-25 7:59:42 AM  

ProfessorTerguson: ProfessorTerguson: cherryl taggart: optikeye: Or older less efficient cars have been replaced by newer safer cars?

That, and all us Boomers are finally not driving as much as we used to.  I'm seeing younger drivers are much more cautious than those of us that drove the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.  "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" wasn't supposed to be an instructional song, but damned if a bunch of us didn't take it to heart.

But u never gave shiat?
Ur generation is leaving ur great grand kids shiat.
Why didnt any of u try? Rather than feel entitled?
Ur not.

Where were u during do not what thos country speech?
U didnt think but muscle cars during and after Watergate?
Iran contra?


Penis.
 
2022-09-25 8:17:57 AM  

Lady J: spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?

it wasn't really lockdown was it?

we had a 2nd CoVid wave in Jan21, and by spring we were out of lockdown


I remember driving to work in April 2020 and the radio playing Everyday Is Like Sunday, and thinking yes the roads are as empty this morning as a Sunday morning
 
2022-09-25 8:20:35 AM  

NathanAllen: So you're saying that higher gas prices have the same effect on traffic fatalities as allowing abortion does on crime rates?

Time to raise prices and get back to doing the other thing.


Alas, the crime and abortion thing was bunk. It's crime and leaded gas, which was phased out as the same time abortion was legalized in the USA. We see the same 15-20 year decline in violent crime in countries that removed leaded gas, but didn't increase access to abortion.
 
2022-09-25 8:31:58 AM  

spongeboob: Lady J: spongeboob: Wait traffic fatalities are lower now then during the lockdown?

it wasn't really lockdown was it?

we had a 2nd CoVid wave in Jan21, and by spring we were out of lockdown

I remember driving to work in April 2020 and the radio playing Everyday Is Like Sunday, and thinking yes the roads are as empty this morning as a Sunday morning


So that made your travels Easy....Easy like Sunday morning...
 
2022-09-25 9:25:51 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Street racing became the only thing to do in the pandemic.  It was every night around here. I'm no longer hearing it every night.  I probably hear it once a month lately.  Young people are back in the clubs.


haha I don't know if you're joking!
I usually don't have any trouble.
 
2022-09-25 9:28:53 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: [Fark user image image 362x139]

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2022-09-25 9:37:31 AM  
Maybe the problem killed itself off?

Whatever the reason I'm looking forward to saner driving. If we could get the newly minted truckers to not ride the left lane ten under the limit that'd be great, especially where trucks and prohibited from being in the left lane.
 
2022-09-25 10:18:33 AM  

laid back w/bud light: highway speeds went up dramatically during the pandemic


And praise the Lord for that, really. Traffic used to be horrible with seemingly everyone out for a Sunday drive, acting like they had nowhere to go. Now those of us who actually want to get somewhere can do so with reasonable haste.
 
2022-09-25 10:21:09 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Maybe the problem killed itself off?

Whatever the reason I'm looking forward to saner driving. If we could get the newly minted truckers to not ride the left lane ten under the limit that'd be great, especially where trucks and prohibited from being in the left lane.


They shouldn't even be allowed to pass! Keep your speed-limited truck in the right hand lane. If the guy in front is going 0.00001 km/h slower than you, stay there and enjoy the diesel savings from bump-draft
 
2022-09-25 10:24:40 AM  
In New Mexico I see cars without license plates or even temp tags on a daily basis. They are often the most insane drivers. I've seen increasingly insane driving this summer.

Our police won't do anything about it. They talk about being understaffed; compared to recent history, they aren't. They seem to resent that the feds monitor them since they got in trouble for roughing up the homeless. They lack interest in doing the work. People pointed out the crazy things happening on Route 66 and they shrugged. A little boy was fatally run over in a crosswalk by a guy in an atv who ran a red light. Thennnn the cops could look into putting up speed cameras.
 
2022-09-25 10:37:04 AM  

Lady J: Mr. Shabooboo: [Fark user image image 362x139]

/ learn it
// know it
/// live it

charming phrase... hope you're not broke, else you have to have sex with me before I'll give you a lift.


I'll have to see your knees first..You've already seen by my posts in the Russian "Influencer" thread that I'm picky!

/  EIP/KIE? (E-mail in Profile/Knees in E-mail?)
 
2022-09-25 10:37:59 AM  
Drove all around Southern California yesterday and it was crazy. For all the people biatching and complaining about high fuel costs, there was a lot of vehicles on the road. Speed varied all over the place as well, people driving between 55 and 90 MPH when there wasn't traffic, but then crawled to almost a stop in traffic. Must have hit a dozen or so clusters of traffic as well, but no signs of any accidents. Some where due to freeways merging or lanes going away but most traffic slowdowns were just there.

Didn't expect that on a Saturday.
 
2022-09-25 10:58:50 AM  
I see more people blowing through red lights on the weekends (I work from home, so I'm not driving during the week).

I handle auto claims at work and here's my list of most frequent accidents:
1) lane change accidents.
2) the second vehicle stopped at a stop light gets impatient when the light turns green and rear-ends the vehicle in front of them.
3) vehicle backing out of a parking space doesn't look and hits the vehicle driving in the parking lot aisle.
 
2022-09-25 11:04:19 AM  

skybird659: Yeah. Less road rage from being cooped up and only out for a bit. The ones who WERE out knew they had to go back in again as soon as they were done.


Apparently I live in a time warp, because the road rage and discourtesy level is sky high here.
 
2022-09-25 11:13:54 AM  

FarkerMcFarkface: For all the people biatching and complaining about high fuel costs


Tons of Brodozer lifted pickups getting about 5 mpg because the drivers are tailgating about half a molecule and then jinking into any gap while they floor it to pass only to stop at the next red light.
 
2022-09-25 11:17:46 AM  

bunny_of_chaos: 2) the second vehicle stopped at a stop light gets impatient when the light turns green and rear-ends the vehicle in front of them.


My car is a manual transmission and this has happened to me a dozen times in about 5 year. I pull away in 1st gear and then get bumped from behind while I'm shifting to 2nd gear. The people behind me pull away and stay about half a foot off my bumper and then get surprised when the acceleration of my car slacks off as I'm changing gears.

I frequently look in my rearview while pulling away to see people behind me following and then panic diving with the brakes when they realize they are going to hit me.
 
2022-09-25 12:09:51 PM  

atomic-age: skybird659: Yeah. Less road rage from being cooped up and only out for a bit. The ones who WERE out knew they had to go back in again as soon as they were done.

Apparently I live in a time warp, because the road rage and discourtesy level is sky high here.


That's 1 reason why I moved out of L.A.!
 
2022-09-25 12:26:28 PM  

bunny_of_chaos: I see more people blowing through red lights on the weekends (I work from home, so I'm not driving during the week).

I handle auto claims at work and here's my list of most frequent accidents:
1) lane change accidents.
2) the second vehicle stopped at a stop light gets impatient when the light turns green and rear-ends the vehicle in front of them.
3) vehicle backing out of a parking space doesn't look and hits the vehicle driving in the parking lot aisle.


In my experience, this can be alleviated with the people driving through the parking aisles being more patient and courteous. Since that will never happen, drivers backing out need better equipment to warn them of others driving down the aisle. Rear cameras help a bit, but there are still huge blind spots drivers backing up cannot see even when turning their head and looking in all directions, especially if they have larger vehicles parked beside them.

Short of having a person standing outside, vehicles need cameras or sensors in the rear facing the left and right side to warn them of oncoming traffic. Other drivers blowing by honking their horns does not help.
 
2022-09-25 1:41:05 PM  

Lady J: Mr. Shabooboo: [Fark user image image 362x139]

/ learn it
// know it
/// live it

charming phrase... hope you're not broke, else you have to have sex with me before I'll give you a lift.


Ha ha! You're having sex with a Farker!
 
2022-09-25 1:56:33 PM  

FarkerMcFarkface: bunny_of_chaos: I see more people blowing through red lights on the weekends (I work from home, so I'm not driving during the week).

I handle auto claims at work and here's my list of most frequent accidents:
1) lane change accidents.
2) the second vehicle stopped at a stop light gets impatient when the light turns green and rear-ends the vehicle in front of them.
3) vehicle backing out of a parking space doesn't look and hits the vehicle driving in the parking lot aisle.

In my experience, this can be alleviated with the people driving through the parking aisles being more patient and courteous. Since that will never happen, drivers backing out need better equipment to warn them of others driving down the aisle. Rear cameras help a bit, but there are still huge blind spots drivers backing up cannot see even when turning their head and looking in all directions, especially if they have larger vehicles parked beside them.

Short of having a person standing outside, vehicles need cameras or sensors in the rear facing the left and right side to warn them of oncoming traffic. Other drivers blowing by honking their horns does not help.


"Cutting through the parking lot' became popular around my neck of the woods.  I take great pains to back out slowly when I see one of those a-holes trying to skip a light.  Because they're also the kind to appear suddenly going 25+ in a parking lot when you're checking your mirrors.
 
2022-09-25 2:29:56 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Lady J: Mr. Shabooboo: [Fark user image image 362x139]

/ learn it
// know it
/// live it

charming phrase... hope you're not broke, else you have to have sex with me before I'll give you a lift.

Ha ha! You're having sex with a Farker!


He's not really a far... uh, no I'm not!
 
2022-09-25 9:46:03 PM  
It's obviously because more and more people are texting and driving. You pay more attention and become more aware when you look up from your phone for a second every two or three minutes.
 
2022-09-26 8:31:28 AM  
Headline dead on. The drivers of the 6000lb F350/3500s aren't rolling coal and riding bumpers at 80 anymore.
 
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