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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2018, 6:19 PM Thread Starter
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"Effin" Snowbirds!!

Was in the car today and witnessed this:





Notice the two motorcycles across the intersection (I think they were Grom's). This idiot goes right into the oncoming turn lane! Not only that, he backs out WHILE cars are going through AT HIM in the intersection!!!

2 things...they're snowbirds and they're too old to be driving. Hate this time of year down here in Florida.

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I dunno man.....to me the only thing significant is that you caught it all on video.



It's completely EFFED up for sure but it isn't anything out of the ordinary around here.



Between the distracted, intoxicated or just plain incapable I see that sort of thing pretty much everyday. Driving has become second to being entertained in the car.



So far this week, we saw a driver back up ON THE FREEWAY because they missed their exit. Another driver make a U-turn because they were going the wrong way on a one way street.



And finally, this morning a Mercedes driver some how lost control and spun out, smashing into a light pole with the a$$ end of the car.



I can't fathom how one manages that. I can't. The road is dead straight, parallel to some rail road tracks.



I could go on, and rant about the complete lack of driving skill I see on a daily...it ain't just Snowbirds



And I DO know what you mean. I did live in North Florida and dealt with them all winter long there.....sean
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South Florida, seen worse things here, still would not trade it for anyplace. :love: You should come to the big Antique Motorcycle Show in Dania Beach the end of January. Peace
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South Florida, seen worse things here, still would not trade it for anyplace. :love: You should come to the big Antique Motorcycle Show in Dania Beach the end of January. Peace

I'll look into it! Is it only Harley's? Because if so, I'll just wait until Daytona Bike Week.
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I daily witness blowing through stop signs.....not rolling thru, I mean 30/40 mph....arrogantly intentional....this at the very end of my block.

Cutting right across lanes to make "easier" LH turns dangerous and common. The use of turn signals is obsolete, but blowing through red lights is certainly NOT.

Correct turning lane usage optional, as are double yellow lines....or any lane dividing lines.

Won't even mention cell phone derangement syndrome. And POT SMOKE coming out of driver windows.

Dunno why, but I perceive SUV's as common offenders....ever see them do the "twitch" on an open highway? Catching themselves, beginning to run out of their lane and compensating? (usually due to cell phone attention). That scares the heck outta me when I'm riding behind.

Sadly...this is all routine stuff these days. A typical 15 minute errand run by car witnesses 3 or 4 potential major screw-ups. I don't remember driving/riding being nearly as bad 20-30-40 years ago.
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Sadly...this is all routine stuff these days.



I don't remember driving/riding being nearly as bad 20-30-40 years ago.
Yep. Same sorta thing goes on here. I'm not sure what is worse. The tourists who don't know where they're going.



Or the locals who are distracted/incapable/inebriated and dysfunctional and don't know/care/unaware of where they are on the road or what kind of carnage they've just left in their wake.



I don't remember it being this bad even 10 years ago.



Bike commuting in traffic can be errr....educational. I remember commuting to the East Bay area many years ago. Splitting lanes between cars was a window into how distracted drivers were THEN much less now.



Riding the dotted line, I witnessed women putting on make up while steering with their knees. Men shaving while doing the same knee on the wheel act.



People reading the newspaper which was spread across their steering wheel. Just high enough to read and still be able to see over the top.



Saw more than one person doing the daily crossword puzzle with their paper folded up on the steering wheel. One guy was smoking a bong while driving in traffic.



Note that this was not stopped traffic either. Just slow moving at around 25-30 mph. That was 20 plus years ago. You know, before cell phones could do more than offer mobile calling?





No one these days seems interested in getting where they're going, only in being entertained or otherwise occupied while getting there.



No one is interested in making the green light up ahead because they won't be able to stop and check their phone or take their eyes off the road to watch whatever video is on their phone.



I took the car to work last week because I was sick, AND the weather sucked. On my way home Friday, a woman in front of me hit her brakes and stopped a full football field short of the traffic signal ahead, which was green.



I swerved around her, and got in the turn lane. As I passed her, she had her phone out and was scrolling through a screen. As I passed, she realized she was well short of the light and started to roll forward. The guy behind me just barely managed to not a$$ pack her, by swerving into the other lane.



This happens daily. I don't see it going away anytime soon either. Nothing, not even enforcement is slowing the trend down.



I can see eventually, auto pilot being a very real thing and not optional on cars. IE, the government will mandate it in concern for road safety.



It'll happen because we as a collective society are idiots and have no concern for those around us. Imagine what things will look like then.....sean


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