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2022-12-09 5:34:24 PM  
I saw lights an pulled right over.
Cop was pissed.
"Why'd you pull over so fast!.?!? I almost hit you!!!!"

I'm compliant, I saw your lights, pulled over. Why did you pull me over?

"Your break lights are out"
 
2022-12-09 5:57:45 PM  
Seems to me that exactly like that is how you're supposed to do it.
 
2022-12-09 9:22:28 PM  
Driving is a serious challenge for some folks
 
2022-12-09 9:25:58 PM  
Soooo many people have been incorrectly taught to slam on their brakes and move right. The goal is always to get out of the way. If you can understand that principle rather than "duh, slam brakes turn steering wheel right" then you'll be a much safer driver.
 
2022-12-09 9:33:34 PM  
Compulsory...
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2022-12-09 9:33:52 PM  
Northern Virginia?

*click*

sigh.
 
2022-12-09 9:37:26 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Driving is a serious challenge for some folks


So is adulting.
And hoomaning.
 
2022-12-09 9:38:35 PM  
There's 3 lanes and the motorcycle cops thought it was a good idea to pass traffic in the right hand lane.  Sounds like they were the problem in this scenario.
 
2022-12-09 9:41:12 PM  
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2022-12-09 9:44:03 PM  

Russ1642: Soooo many people have been incorrectly taught to slam on their brakes and move right. The goal is always to get out of the way. If you can understand that principle rather than "duh, slam brakes turn steering wheel right" then you'll be a much safer driver.


This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.

Once, the fire truck just turned off its siren, apparently hoping it would cause them to move again.
 
2022-12-09 9:48:13 PM  
passing on the right is always bad.
always pass on the left.
 
2022-12-09 9:49:37 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Driving is a serious challenge for some folks


Some folks  All cops.

Fixed that for you.

Motorcycle cops are the worst. I wouldn't go sprinting around in a herd of bison and expect them all to move out of my way in perfect unison. Motorcycle cops need to understand how uniquely vulnerable they are - lights and sirens or not, and drive like they might get run over at any minute because that's what life is like on a bike. Instead they turn their lights on and think they're goddamn Superman.
 
2022-12-09 9:50:27 PM  
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2022-12-09 9:54:19 PM  

cefm: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Driving is a serious challenge for some folks

Some folks  All cops.

Fixed that for you.

Motorcycle cops are the worst. I wouldn't go sprinting around in a herd of bison and expect them all to move out of my way in perfect unison. Motorcycle cops need to understand how uniquely vulnerable they are - lights and sirens or not, and drive like they might get run over at any minute because that's what life is like on a bike. Instead they turn their lights on and think they're goddamn Superman.


The problem is, if they do something incredible stupid and cause an accident, we get the blame.
 
2022-12-09 9:55:40 PM  

cefm: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Driving is a serious challenge for some folks

Some folks  All cops.

Fixed that for you.

Motorcycle cops are the worst. I wouldn't go sprinting around in a herd of bison and expect them all to move out of my way in perfect unison. Motorcycle cops need to understand how uniquely vulnerable they are - lights and sirens or not, and drive like they might get run over at any minute because that's what life is like on a bike. Instead they turn their lights on and think they're goddamn Superman.


They have guns
 
2022-12-09 9:58:53 PM  

jsmilky: passing on the right is always bad.
always pass on the left.


Sure thing, Dutchie.
 
2022-12-09 10:06:45 PM  
 
2022-12-09 10:13:19 PM  

edmo: Seems to me that exactly like that is how you're supposed to do it.


Maybe a good idea to see where the lights and siren actually are before you start changing lanes...   heard a siren behind me last week... could move either direction.. cars in front and back of me pulled into the left turn lane, I stayed put.. guess which lane the fire truck was going for.....  moved immediately to the right lane once I saw the fire truck go left....
 
2022-12-09 10:16:20 PM  

dark brew: There's 3 lanes and the motorcycle cops thought it was a good idea to pass traffic in the right hand lane.  Sounds like they were the problem in this scenario.


Went for the lane with the least traffic.. left lane is going to be packed.  Look before you leap.
 
2022-12-09 10:23:53 PM  
Sim Tree:  This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.

Once, the fire truck just turned off its siren, apparently hoping it would cause them to move again.


Sounds like a troll post to me.
 
2022-12-09 10:26:39 PM  

OlderGuy: edmo: Seems to me that exactly like that is how you're supposed to do it.

Maybe a good idea to see where the lights and siren actually are before you start changing lanes...   heard a siren behind me last week... could move either direction.. cars in front and back of me pulled into the left turn lane, I stayed put.. guess which lane the fire truck was going for.....  moved immediately to the right lane once I saw the fire truck go left....


Motorcycle cop, so the lights were likely blocked by all the f'ing SUVs people around here drive.  It's like you're not allowed to go to the farmer's market unless you're in a Model X.
 
2022-12-09 10:28:07 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: cefm: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Driving is a serious challenge for some folks

Some folks  All cops.

Fixed that for you.

Motorcycle cops are the worst. I wouldn't go sprinting around in a herd of bison and expect them all to move out of my way in perfect unison. Motorcycle cops need to understand how uniquely vulnerable they are - lights and sirens or not, and drive like they might get run over at any minute because that's what life is like on a bike. Instead they turn their lights on and think they're goddamn Superman.

They have guns


Guy in the next block is a cop.. shifts between cars and bikes..  drops by every once in a while so I can top off the tire pressures on his personal bike ( got a tank of nitrogen here) and I asked him what it was like on bike duty..  he rolled his eyes and said he couldn't take a crap until 3 hours after he got home... also said  he doesn't leave the house without his vest...
 
2022-12-09 10:34:05 PM  
You're not supposed to be biking on the shoulder. Sooooooo let's just get a citation going for that officer
 
2022-12-09 10:49:59 PM  

Nirbo: You're not supposed to be biking on the shoulder. Sooooooo let's just get a citation going for that officer


You are on a call or chasing a speeder.. you go where you have to if traffic is heavy.  Shoulders are legit.
 
2022-12-09 10:58:03 PM  

Ankle Zapper: Well, you can read the Fairfax County policy here:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/sites/police/files/assets/generalorders/go-503.pdf

and for crashes here:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/sites/police/files/assets/generalorders/go-506.pdf


There's nothing in the article indicating to which kind of event the officer on the motorcycle was responding.
 
2022-12-09 11:04:40 PM  

Russ1642: Soooo many people have been incorrectly taught to slam on their brakes and move right. The goal is always to get out of the way. If you can understand that principle rather than "duh, slam brakes turn steering wheel right" then you'll be a much safer driver.


If cops stopped beating and tasing people for contempt of cop for not instantly pulling as far right as possible, maybe people would take time to figure shiat out.
 
2022-12-09 11:04:51 PM  

foo monkey: Sim Tree:  This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.

Once, the fire truck just turned off its siren, apparently hoping it would cause them to move again.

Sounds like a troll post to me.


?
 
2022-12-09 11:24:48 PM  
If you're a cop running with lights and siren, NEVER PASS ON THE RIGHT! People will pull over to the right and block you or crash into you.

People react so unpredictably to hearing a police siren that a lot of cops don't even use them. Most of the time you can get there just as fast without some idiot slamming on the brakes right in front of you.
 
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2022-12-10 12:03:52 AM  

CruiserTwelve: People react so unpredictably to hearing a police siren that a lot of cops don't even use them. Most of the time you can get there just as fast without some idiot slamming on the brakes right in front of you.


I've seen that, lights or no but no siren, then little siren beeps and control of an intersection and on.  Granted, I don't live in a massive population center, so there's more room for movement outside of rush hours.

I was once pulled over and farking reamed and punished by a trooper who apparently was unaware that big Ryder trucks have blind spots and no rear view.  "You never saw me?  I was behind you for miles (maybe...)" and all I could tell was say no, I never saw you.  Then he took his misplaced anger out on me, which was definitely not cool.

Sometimes things like TFA can be attributed to bad judgment in percentages by all actors.  The guy could have been more careful, the police could have reduced their speed and been a bit more conscious of risks.  Sh*t happens.
 
2022-12-10 12:12:02 AM  

Sim Tree: foo monkey: Sim Tree:  This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.

Once, the fire truck just turned off its siren, apparently hoping it would cause them to move again.

Sounds like a troll post to me.

?


You seem to spend a lot of time around bridges.
 
2022-12-10 2:36:43 AM  

foo monkey: Sim Tree: foo monkey: Sim Tree:  This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.

Once, the fire truck just turned off its siren, apparently hoping it would cause them to move again.

Sounds like a troll post to me.

?

You seem to spend a lot of time around bridges.


Our stupid City built the fire department on one side of a bridge so a full half of its calls require going over the bridge. Whenever it does, traffic outside my house slows to a crawl, because everyone has to dead-stop, because they're too stupid to realize how to handle the situation of a fire truck trying to cross a bridge.

The original thought was to put the fire department on the main artery through town, under the theory that it could then go anywhere quickly. However, because the main artery through town is on a raised platform through most of the city, this doesn't work at all.
 
2022-12-10 2:39:25 AM  
Zero sympathy for lane-splitters.
 
2022-12-10 2:58:04 AM  

Sim Tree: This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.


And that's why we in Finland changed the instructions recently and now the recommendation is:

1. continue as usual
2. turn on your emergency blinkers (letting the emergency vehicle know you are aware of them)
3. if there's a chance to safely make room for the emergency vehicle, do so.

Nothing about slowing down and definitely nothing about pulling over.

I guess the best solution would depends on the traffic density -- a congested city center is very different from a narrow country road -- but in practice you have to have the same rules everywhere for simplicity.
 
2022-12-10 7:22:07 AM  
The other day I saw some dumbass driving along in a pickup, with a firetruck - sirens blaring and laying on his horn - tailgating him. He did eventually pull off to the side, but not before they had driven a couple blocks like that. He also drove by a few other people who had pulled off to the side, so I'm not sure how he didn't realize what was going on. I wanted to go over and slap him and tear up his license after that.
 
2022-12-10 8:42:11 AM  

Sim Tree: foo monkey: Sim Tree: foo monkey: Sim Tree:  This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.

Once, the fire truck just turned off its siren, apparently hoping it would cause them to move again.

Sounds like a troll post to me.

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You seem to spend a lot of time around bridges.

Our stupid City built the fire department on one side of a bridge so a full half of its calls require going over the bridge. Whenever it does, traffic outside my house slows to a crawl, because everyone has to dead-stop, because they're too stupid to realize how to handle the situation of a fire truck trying to cross a bridge.

The original thought was to put the fire department on the main artery through town, under the theory that it could then go anywhere quickly. However, because the main artery through town is on a raised platform through most of the city, this doesn't work at all.


But you gotta be making bank for charging them a toll every time they cross the bridge.
 
2022-12-10 9:01:44 AM  

CruiserTwelve: If you're a cop running with lights and siren, NEVER PASS ON THE RIGHT! People will pull over to the right and block you or crash into you.

People react so unpredictably to hearing a police siren that a lot of cops don't even use them. Most of the time you can get there just as fast without some idiot slamming on the brakes right in front of you.


Cops pass on the right shoulder all the time in the DC area, probably because they wouldn't get anywhere otherwise. But I agree, almost everywhere in the country people have been taught to pull over to the right when they hear sirens, so the risk of getting hit if you pass on the right is very high.
 
2022-12-10 2:27:22 PM  
I am an EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course) instructor. We teach that the law states you yield to the right for emergency vehicles. Therefore, we teach that when you are in the emergency mode, you NEVER go to the right.

Sorry for this officer's injuries, but he did go right.
 
2022-12-10 5:51:58 PM  

foo monkey: Sim Tree: foo monkey: Sim Tree: foo monkey: Sim Tree:  This. I've lost count of the number of times on the bridge there's been a fire truck behind me, and everyone in front of me just slams on their brakes and comes to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Now no one can get anywhere. The fire truck has to honk to get them moving again.

Once, the fire truck just turned off its siren, apparently hoping it would cause them to move again.

Sounds like a troll post to me.

?

You seem to spend a lot of time around bridges.

Our stupid City built the fire department on one side of a bridge so a full half of its calls require going over the bridge. Whenever it does, traffic outside my house slows to a crawl, because everyone has to dead-stop, because they're too stupid to realize how to handle the situation of a fire truck trying to cross a bridge.

The original thought was to put the fire department on the main artery through town, under the theory that it could then go anywhere quickly. However, because the main artery through town is on a raised platform through most of the city, this doesn't work at all.

But you gotta be making bank for charging them a toll every time they cross the bridge.


Oh, I get the joke now! Sorry, I thought you were being serious there for a while.
 
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