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Wrong Way Drivers

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Zappa, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Zappa

    Zappa Road Warrior NES Member

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    Stupidest (funniest), one I've seen was someone going the wrong way in a rotary.
    Female, Asian driver probably thought she was back overseas or something.
     
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    Driving 100 mph the wrong way on a highway, makes me think suicide.
     
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    i've had near misses with wrong way drivers, a couple. one on rt. 3 north in chelmsford, an early morning and the other on 128 south just before the pike entrance. that one was nasty and i still get chills when i think of it. long time ago, though. rt. 3 was early 70's and 128 was early 90's. scary enough i remember them well.
     
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    Rt. 28 in Wareham where it splits into a one way there is a bar and an eagles club. Regularly they come out and go the wrong way.
     
  6. Pete85

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    There were a lot of people doing it this morning on my way to work. /sarcasm
     
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    I had a close call just a few weeks ago on the route 129/Salem Street rotary near Camp Curtis Guild in Reading. This time it was an elderly couple and it was far from funny - I was very close from a head-on collision. First time I've ever seen someone go the wrong way on a rotary.
     
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    Could the uptick be because they can't just leave roads alone? It's like every time they go to repave a road it opens up the whole thing up to interpretive dance again. In an effort to over control traffic they make it confusing as hell, and I'm not even that old yet. Don't even get me started on these new blinking left turn arrow things.

    With that said, where my mom lives (in FL) they have divided highways for regular roads everywhere and old people are always turning left into oncoming traffic. There are deaths on the regular.
     
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    “Early morning crash” like this one usually suggests “alcohol involved.”

    When it happens in the middle of the day I usually attribute it to some combination of inattentiveness (texting/phones), unfamiliar or confusing roads and general stupidity of the driving public.
     
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    Confusing road designs, GPS directions, and of course, DUI. A number of times I've had a GPS tell me to turn where if I turned right then it would have taken me the wrong way down an exit ramp for a divided highway.
     
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    yes GPS, that's probably has a lot to do with it, just did an uber this morning going to the airport in dc, guy was looking at his Gps constantly.
    Add that at night, a little buz on and they follow purple line and make wrong turn at the entrance exit
     
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    I'm not 100% sure if I'm combing stories, but a good friend of mine was living in So Cal and driving a limo part time. Had a last second realization there was a car coming right at him in the hammer lane, and he panic swerved and missed it. I cant remember if it was him telling me this part, or something I read about a different crash, but car swerved at the last second, and the car behind them suddenly has a car coming right at them with no time to react.
     
  13. Mike Stanton

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    I drove the wrong way down a 20' stretch of street today.

    Not to get complicated, but there is weird intersection nearby, that after 29 years has been re-configured.

    I took the same left that I have been taking for 29 years, and the wife screamed "you're going the wrong way" !!

    She be right.

    Nothing happened, but I do think I should be cut some slack if any did.

    BTW - no signage. Just the painted arrows on the pavement were different.

    I can still see a DO NOT ENTER sign if there was one. There was not.
     
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    Logan is easily as bad.
     
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    Makes me think drunken ass.
     
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    The hotel we picked for our honeymoon in Bermuda (then-Stonington Beach) gave everyone a free local paper in the morning. I still remember the lead story in the first issue:

    Body of tourist who drove moped wrong way around roundabout
    being returned to the mainland today.​

    Made me double-resolve not to do that on our moped.

    OTOH, the first time I approached Powder House Square driving northbound on College Av., I shortcutted to Broadway westbound rather than going around the rotary. Yes, I was hungry and nervous about finding a parking space close to Tu y Yo. But the real reason is that the rotary is incredibly wide, and I didn't even realize it was a traffic circle. I certainly didn't see the "Rotary Traffic ->" sign in the center (if it existed at the time). After I banged the left, I started wondering, "WTF did I just do?".


    I'm not going to drive the wrong way around a rotary in Bermuda or Medford, actually.
     
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    Leaving Shannon (Ireland) airport at 4AM local time, driving on the wrong side, shifting on the wrong side, after a 5hr flight and no sleep... Hitting that first rotary, it was an awfully good thing that it was 4AM and traffic was light. [rofl]
     
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    Hell, I saw some old broad do this just 2 days ago off of rte 70. She wasn’t necessarily driving in the wrong lane but she pulled into the wrong side of the median and almost hit the truck that was pulling up to that stop sign....I shook my head and took off. I had been following that moron for 5 miles watching her hit her brakes randomly and just about jump to the other side of the road for for who knows what purpose....take these dam idiots off the road already.
    Story in the OP could have been many things. Suicide as was said, drunk driver, GPS blind follower, or just a clueless idiot....
     
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    I've seen this 3.5x on Route 2 in Concord.

    Some are understandable mistakes. For example, the cab who, westbound at Crosby's corner in a snowstorm at night, turned left too early and found himself on the wrong side of the barrier.

    And the woman westbound at Baker Ave (again, at night) who was unfamiliar with the area trying to turn around to get to Emerson hospital where her daughter was in the ER. She didn't know about the jug handle or the rotary, so she stopped to try to turn left and felt pressured by other drivers honking, so she turned and took out the three cars ahead of me going eastbound at about 50mph.

    I cannot explain the person who went the wrong way at the Concord rotary from 2A eastbound against the flow of traffic, or the person who ended up westbound on the eastbound side in broad daylight at Emerson hospital.
     
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    I'm in agreement with the GPS for the daytime ones. My GF does it all the time. She has no sense of distance so it'll say in 200 yards take a right onto XYZ and she goes forward like 50' and takes the right. Then gets mad at me when I just look at her. She also gets mad when I point out that we took a wrong turn so cant win them all.
     
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    I had one coming north in southbound hammer lane on route 24 near junction of Interstate 195. Left a few brown stains. Do believe I shat my pantaloons at the time.
     
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    They were told by George Soros that it was important they were Left with everything, including turns.

    What is scary is they USED to be part of the counter-clockwise-culture.

    Geez. That's, like, impossible to do. You need to come to a complete stop and almost U-turn to get onto 24S from 195. Maybe they drove the wrong way on 195 as well.
     
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    I will admit, I've driven the wrong way in the UK (Scotland specifically, in the Highlands) ...It was an off ramp that caught me by surprise (exit on the left) and I pulled into the oncoming lane instead of exit lane. Wasn't hard to do so I blame it on highway design (should have been an obvious curve in each direction)
     
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    Can't remember what road, but many years ago my father got hit by a wrong way driver on the highway in his truck. The guy was drunk and my father's truck went off the highway and into someone's house. Luckily nobody was there, my father wasn't hurt bad. If I remember right the drunk driver died in the crash. I've see a few over the years, luckily never came into contact with them.
     
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    I just saw this the other day near my house. My theory is that the Lexus was a taking a left turn from a side street on the right, just up the block (where that distant, tiny, van is facing to the right) and she fell short of going all the way around the island. When everyone and their mothers honked at her, I think she realized she was going to the wrong way on the road. We stopped to let her make the left turn to get out of the way. She waved to thank us or indicate she was in the wrong or both. Luckily, there were no injuries, other than maybe to her own ego.

    [​IMG]

    Not to out my mom or anything but... there is a stretch of the Vfw Highway in Lowell where my mom once made a left turn, and fell short of going around the island there. It was night time and there were a bunch of construction cones which added to her confusion. There was a friendly PO who was at the intersection, waiting for a light. He saw this and flipped on his lights immediately and sorta "escorted" her so she could safely bang dat uey and go the correct direction. He didn't pull her over or anything.
     
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    I once read a civil defense text which pointed out that Seasoned Citizens might well be recruited to drive the bulldozers burying fallout-contaminated topsoil after a nuclear war, because they might well die of natural causes before radiation-induced illnesses laid them low. "What did you do during the War, Grandpa?"

    Churchill should have recruited octogenarians to drive the wrong way down the roads to Channel invasion beaches, to disperse and repel Nazi breakout units out of the sheer terror of headons.

    ETA: Given the suggestion, he'd have considered it, too.
     
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    Lately I've been seeing a lot of tards running around at night with their lights off, is this some kind of heroin user trend or something? Last one was a lady that when I saw her, she looked a little f***ed up...
     
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    No, has nothing to do with drugs, it's a combination of clueless drivers and new cars with constantly illuminated instrument panels. If been noticing this as an ever increasing problem over the last five or so years and formulated my own conclusions as to why. Some automotive journalists have also noticed this phenomenon and written about it, only to concur with my own findings.
    It used to be, you'd jump in the car and drive away, and when it was too dark out to see your speedometer, you'd turn your lights on. Not like that anymore, modern cars have full time illumination of the gauge cluster, some even light up immediately whenever the key is inserted. So nowadays it's very easy for your typical inattentive and clueless transportation appliance user to simply get in and go, not ever thinking about the complicated task of manipulating an analog switching device. People have become so accustomed and over reliant on modern technology, they assume simple stuff like turning on your lights is supposed to be automatic. There's also the added factor of DRL's, some are so bright that you can see good enough to drive, and you think the headlights are on, but they're not.
    I been working these roads over 35 years, and it used to be an oddity whenever you saw someone driving at night with their lights off, now I see this an average of two or three times a night. Honda's are the worst offenders, followed by some of the newer Fords. Rental cars are big offenders too. People get in and go, while completely unfamiliar with the peculiarities of the specific vehicle they're attempting to operate.
     

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