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    Quote Originally Posted by Kchrpm View Post
    I agree completely. And we need to be harsher on the people that drive without a valid license.
    There are people with lots of tickets but also valid licenses. That's a problem.

    Judges bend the rules because people whine about how they can't get to work. These same idiots get in collisions all too often.

    Boo hoo. If you can't follow the rules, then take a bus, take a cab, take Uber, bum a ride off friends or co-workers, ride a bike or even walk.

    Driving without a valid license should be an automatic impound of your car and a minimum $1000 fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesameguy View Post
    In most places, reckless driving defines a fairly narrow set of scenarios and is hard to prove. Speed is just *so easy* and there is no shortage of people doing it.
    Tailgating is not that tough to prove and make money from either and it's almost as epidemic as speeding.

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    Tailgating is harder to prove and more troublesome to cite. Speeding you have a radar gun that does the work for you. You can sit on the side of the road and surf porn on your smartphone and wait for the chime. Tailgating happens almost exclusively in traffic, which means either sitting on the side of the road watching for a tailgater or participating in traffic with the hopes of spotting one. I can't speak for everywhere, but around here the police don't spend a lot of time on the roads during rush hour. I understand your point, but I'd argue speeding is quite a bit easier and quite a bit more comfortable to enforce.

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    Following too closely is far more difficult to prove (without a resulting crash anyway).

    In Illinois, following too closely is what isn't "reasonable and prudent," which leaves plenty of ambiguity for a defense attorney or sympathetic judge to have the ticket tossed.

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    What's a "crash"? It's an accident!

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    I don't know how widespread they are yet, but they make radar guns that can measure following distance between two cars.

    On the topic of being ticketed for following too close, I've caused one collision ( ...which also happened to be an accident ), years ago a car in front of me braked hard suddenly and I guess I wasn't paying enough attention to stop in time. Wasn't a big impact but an officer ended up showing up because it was a couple of 16 year old kids in the car and they were freaking out. Anyway he wrote me a ticket for following too close, my immediate thought was "I wasn't following too close, I just wasn't paying attention!" but quickly figured that a ticket for not paying attention is potentially worse than following too close.

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    Last Friday I tripped and fell while crossing a four lane road. I was dashing across mostly in a gap, and not going to the pedestrian signal about fifty feet away. There was a bus less than a block away, approaching on my side. Luckily I'd cleared that lane even before I picked myself up. I completed the trip across the road and don't consciously remember how close the bus got to me. I realized I was bleeding from around my nose where my metal-framed glasses had been pushed into my face somehow. When I got home, about two blocks more walking, I realized I had a severe scrape and fabric burn on my left leg too.

    Alcohol may have been a factor.

    When I looked at the road later, there are various small indentations, repairs, etc, I could have tripped on. I had been looking sideways at where traffic wasn't, instead of where I was going.

    Spoiler:

    Eventually I realized a very small stone had torn through the pant leg too, and, although I initially thought it was merely a scrape and I'd be fine the next day, I think I must have got instantaneous water-on-the-knee, if there is any such thing. During the weekend and subsequent days the wound drifted down from well above the knee to the very tip of the knee cap. I never had any severe pain however. But I did forgo cycling for the entire long weekend, which was disappointing (I had two times 67km tentatively planned. On the Saturday I'd actually got the bicycle in its staging area, with filled water bottles, but thought I didn't really feel good enough, though I did do some lawn-mowing that day; the previous night I'd woken up and moved the knee around several times, never sleeping for more than two hours at a time).

    It seems to be recovering now. The position of the healing wound, with its tough inflexible skin makes some movement awkward, but there's never been any severe pain. Somehow the wound was never deep enough to bleed a lot, though it kept bleeding slightly (into various bandages) for several days.

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    Dude. Be safe out there.

    Was the bad walking part of the thread title a joke that just came true?
    Get that weak shit off my track

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsmah View Post
    I don't know how widespread they are yet, but they make radar guns that can measure following distance between two cars.
    Of course they are.

    Shit.

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    I remember reading about this on a biking blog, saying "not even horses are safe in bike lanes".

    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loca...377597301.html

    I just found out that the woman riding that horse is a longtime family friend of my wife's family and was the officiant of our wedding. She has spent the past few weeks hospitalized, but has finally been released and is on a "long road to recovery."

    HOW THE FUCK DO YOU NOT SEE A HORSE. Why do you swerve into the bike lane after it's already crossed the road - even if the driver was completely fucking oblivious and just driving following the lines, this wouldn't have happened. I mean, she'd made it across the street. She was outside the normal traffic lanes and was in the bike lane, leaving the roadway. How is this okay?

    Since I started biking and walking a lot more I've become a lot more sensitive to the fact that people do not take due care when they drive. In the past, I've seen bodies of people killed in crashes. But this is the first time someone I know has been nearly killed. I can't tell you how angry I am right now.
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