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   The first section of the DC Beltway's new HOT lanes opened this weekend, let's see how they handle the first Monday morning rush hour. 6:11 - HOT lanes open, 6:38 - 4 car collision at entrance shuts down HOT lanes

19 Nov 2012 09:23 AM   |   9691 clicks   |   Washington Post
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Pocket Ninja    [TotalFark]  
I wonder what the chances are that some halfwit found himself accidentally entering the lanes and tried to back up to get out of it.

19 Nov 2012 09:22 AM
Hack Patooey    [TotalFark]  
The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?

19 Nov 2012 09:25 AM
Chabash     

Pocket Ninja: I wonder what the chances are that some halfwit found himself accidentally entering the lanes and tried to back up to get out of it.


So, you learned to drive in DC too?

19 Nov 2012 09:26 AM
Fade2black     

Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?


A woman.

19 Nov 2012 09:26 AM
litespeed74     

Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?


Sadly I see this all the time. WTF is wrong with people? Go to the next exit shmohawks.
We can keep building extra lanes and highways but you can't fix "stupid".

19 Nov 2012 09:27 AM
JackieRabbit     
DCers don't know how to use HOV lanes? Live and learn. Live and learn....

19 Nov 2012 09:28 AM
LordOfThePings     
Ctrl-Z, Ctrl-Z, Ctrl-Z!

19 Nov 2012 09:28 AM
Thats_right_ALL_the_tea     
That's Northern Virginia for you. Desperate to make sure the region still focuses on cars for transport, can't figure out how to operate a damn car to (literally) save their lives.

19 Nov 2012 09:30 AM
Minerva8918     

Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?


Morans of the DC variety.

19 Nov 2012 09:30 AM
genepool lifeboat     

Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?


I'm pretty sure common sense isn't necessary to get a license anymore. I actually know people that will get on an expressway, even if there is a more direct route, simply because it is the only way they know how to get anywhere.
I can't believe it still happens in an age where GPS is so common.

19 Nov 2012 09:33 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?

I saw a few people back out of electronic toll lanes after ticket cameras were installed in Massachusetts. See, they do change behavior.

19 Nov 2012 09:34 AM
RsquaredW     
They've had five collisions since the HOT lanes opened on Saturday, all of which were people who got caught going onto the lanes and trying to swerve out. Brilliant signage, obviously.

19 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
freewill    [TotalFark]  

Fade2black: A woman.


If I could have the time back that I've spent frantically reminding the g/f that no, she can't just brake here to give herself a moment to think about what to do next...

/ The cop is waving you on to the right. Go. Go now! I know we were going left, but the road is closed. There are on other options. You have to go right. THE COP IS GETTING PISSED. GO.

19 Nov 2012 09:36 AM
eltejon     
They are up to five accidents now. And yeah, it's been people realizing the toll lanes are now charging and wait to the last moment to change back.

I hate Maryland drivers, but the suburbanites from NOVA piss me off. Go Team Old Town Alexandria.

19 Nov 2012 09:36 AM
gochuck     
I laugh at the people who live out in the burbs. If you work in DC, live in DC (especially if you don't have kids, no excuse then).

19 Nov 2012 09:36 AM
GRCooper     
learned to drive on the beltway, so getting a kick ...

19 Nov 2012 09:37 AM
AngryJailhouseFistfark     
They rigged up a ramp where anyone can get on the thing and only once you're committed do you realize that there's no toll-taker option. You either have the EZ-Pass radio transponder or you don't. The sign informing you "EZ-Pass Required" is little more than the sign you might have in your neighborhood reading, "Cloaca Lane" or "Mutton Road".

And once you're in, there's no way out NOR do you have any idea what fate awaits you if you don't pay the toll. Could be the Drone comes out of the Pentagon and Hellfire's your illicit motoring ass. Could be the whole thing locks up like those giant steel plates that come up out of the ground around the Capitol Building and other super-secure locations around here. Rather than risk such a fate, the only alternative is to back your shiat on up the ramp to freedom and hope your friendly fellow motorists will take sympathy on you.

Turns out it's a minor fine if you don't have the EZ-Pass, something like $12.50 plus a $1.50 handling fee. They should make the EZ-Pass Required sign a GIANT farking billboard, screaming at you, some radio message broadcasting at 10 Million Megawatts across the entire radio spectrum so that no matter what you're tuned to it'll scream "YOU MUST HAVE AN EZ-PASS OR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL HOLD YOU DOWN AND ADMINISTER AN ANGRY JAILHOUSE FISTFARK!" or some such warning.

19 Nov 2012 09:38 AM
ManRay     
Atlanta put in HOT lanes a few months ago.

(one of the) Biggest wastes of transportation money in the region. And that is saying something.

The only reason we did not have wrecks clogging up the lanes was...nobody uses them.

19 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
maxximillian     

Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?


I saw a car stop on the beltway so that it could get over two lanes to exit. Full out stop on an interstate highway so it could exit. I'm still amazed there were no accidents form that. It's a testament to the rest of the drivers that the idiots don't cause more wrecks.

19 Nov 2012 09:41 AM
GRCooper     
"YOU MUST HAVE AN EZ-PASS OR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL HOLD YOU DOWN AND ADMINISTER AN ANGRY JAILHOUSE FISTFARK!"

Then we'd have to wait in line behind all of Dupont circle who showed up and "forgot" their EZ-Pass at home

19 Nov 2012 09:41 AM
kokomo61     
This construction has been going on for a LONG time, and they've been putting signs up (both fixed and electronic) warning about this for WEEKS. All EZ-pass users have also received snail mail explaining IN DETAIL what's happening, how to handle it, and what you need to do in case you want an HOV-capable EZ-pass.

I'm not surprised that someone tried to get on, and either panicked when they saw a cop (and tried to get off), or actually STOPPED and tried to back up. It's HOV people. The slug lines have this down to a science, with no Gov't interference, and it works great. Why can't you read a simple sign?

19 Nov 2012 09:41 AM
Whiskey Dickens     

freewill: If I could have the time back that I've spent frantically reminding the g/f that no, she can't just brake here to give herself a moment to think about what to do next...

/ The cop is waving you on to the right. Go. Go now! I know we were going left, but the road is closed. There are on other options. You have to go right. THE COP IS GETTING PISSED. GO.


Are you me? Or are you dating all of my ex girlfriends ever?

19 Nov 2012 09:43 AM
freewill    [TotalFark]  

AngryJailhouseFistfark: They rigged up a ramp where anyone can get on the thing and only once you're committed do you realize that there's no toll-taker option. You either have the EZ-Pass radio transponder or you don't. The sign informing you "EZ-Pass Required" is little more than the sign you might have in your neighborhood reading, "Cloaca Lane" or "Mutton Road".

And once you're in, there's no way out NOR do you have any idea what fate awaits you if you don't pay the toll. Could be the Drone comes out of the Pentagon and Hellfire's your illicit motoring ass. Could be the whole thing locks up like those giant steel plates that come up out of the ground around the Capitol Building and other super-secure locations around here. Rather than risk such a fate, the only alternative is to back your shiat on up the ramp to freedom and hope your friendly fellow motorists will take sympathy on you.

Turns out it's a minor fine if you don't have the EZ-Pass, something like $12.50 plus a $1.50 handling fee. They should make the EZ-Pass Required sign a GIANT farking billboard, screaming at you, some radio message broadcasting at 10 Million Megawatts across the entire radio spectrum so that no matter what you're tuned to it'll scream "YOU MUST HAVE AN EZ-PASS OR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL HOLD YOU DOWN AND ADMINISTER AN ANGRY JAILHOUSE FISTFARK!" or some such warning.


Wow. You guys are really struggling with this, huh?

19 Nov 2012 09:43 AM
motorhead81     
Bring on the Google cars!

19 Nov 2012 09:43 AM
wingnut396     

AngryJailhouseFistfark: They rigged up a ramp where anyone can get on the thing and only once you're committed do you realize that there's no toll-taker option. You either have the EZ-Pass radio transponder or you don't. The sign informing you "EZ-Pass Required" is little more than the sign you might have in your neighborhood reading, "Cloaca Lane" or "Mutton Road".

And once you're in, there's no way out NOR do you have any idea what fate awaits you if you don't pay the toll. Could be the Drone comes out of the Pentagon and Hellfire's your illicit motoring ass. Could be the whole thing locks up like those giant steel plates that come up out of the ground around the Capitol Building and other super-secure locations around here. Rather than risk such a fate, the only alternative is to back your shiat on up the ramp to freedom and hope your friendly fellow motorists will take sympathy on you.

Turns out it's a minor fine if you don't have the EZ-Pass, something like $12.50 plus a $1.50 handling fee. They should make the EZ-Pass Required sign a GIANT farking billboard, screaming at you, some radio message broadcasting at 10 Million Megawatts across the entire radio spectrum so that no matter what you're tuned to it'll scream "YOU MUST HAVE AN EZ-PASS OR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL HOLD YOU DOWN AND ADMINISTER AN ANGRY JAILHOUSE FISTFARK!" or some such warning.


No, what they need is a positional sensor that can activate your phone and send a bluetooth text that covers the entire screen. After all if you are worried about signage, you need to put the sign on what people are actually looking at.

19 Nov 2012 09:44 AM
david_gaithersburg     
Special roads for rich people. Let me know when we can begin to tar and feather the so called progressives that created this fubar.

I've reviewed the website and I'm afraid of accidentally getting on this thing. Once you enter its nor clear where exactly it will take you. Also, I'm only a simple Obamanaire, I couldn't afford to drive this thing until my household income goes well above $500K.

But I do get a kick of how they plan to run this thing on the honor system. If you can afford the flex pass then you will be on the honor system and not have to pay any actual tolls.

19 Nov 2012 09:44 AM
pag1107    [TotalFark]  
I'm sure the obscene fine in place for not having an ez-pass had nothing to do with this.

19 Nov 2012 09:45 AM
This text is now purple     

genepool lifeboat: I actually know people that will get on an expressway, even if there is a more direct route, simply because it is the only way they know how to get anywhere.


Expressway routes can be shorter in time versus land routes which are shorter in distance.

19 Nov 2012 09:45 AM
This text is now purple     

RsquaredW: They've had five collisions since the HOT lanes opened on Saturday, all of which were people who got caught going onto the lanes and trying to swerve out. Brilliant signage, obviously.


Not that they didn't do it in the stupidest way possible, anyway.

The way the HOT lanes interact with I-66 is intentional stupidity.

19 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion     
Seems like it would have made sense to make the HOT lanes toll- (and citation-) free for a week or two so that people could get used to them, rather than try to turn on the Cash Machine on Day 1. Now you've got people backing up on the expressway and causing multi-car accidents because they don't want to get a ticket.

19 Nov 2012 09:50 AM
Old_Chief_Scott     

david_gaithersburg: Special roads for rich people. Let me know when we can begin to tar and feather the so called progressives that created this fubar.

I've reviewed the website and I'm afraid of accidentally getting on this thing. Once you enter its nor clear where exactly it will take you. Also, I'm only a simple Obamanaire, I couldn't afford to drive this thing until my household income goes well above $500K.

But I do get a kick of how they plan to run this thing on the honor system. If you can afford the flex pass then you will be on the honor system and not have to pay any actual tolls.


David david david, this is not a special road for rich people, it is a special road for important people. People who have things to do and people to see. People who need to get things done! People quite unlike yourself, apparently, for you don't know how the pass system works. Because there will be fines, david, for those unimportant people that want to use the lanes without paying for the privelidge. Oh yes! Fines out the yin-yang, and it's all done electronically. No cops needed, which frees them up to attend to the crashes I guess.

19 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  
You know how you fix this???? Just have VDOT have a movable lane or adjustable gates and signage and just move the traffic accordingly....
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Why, it could be a model for the REST of the country.


/brillant

19 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
AngryJailhouseFistfark     

david_gaithersburg: But I do get a kick of how they plan to run this thing on the honor system. If you can afford the flex pass then you will be on the honor system and not have to pay any actual tolls.


How's that?

19 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
Voiceofreason01     

AngryJailhouseFistfark:
Turns out it's a minor fine if you don't have the EZ-Pass, something like $12.50 plus a $1.50 handling fee. They should make the EZ-Pass Required sign a GIANT farking billboard, screaming at you, some radio message broadcasting at 10 Million Megawatts across the entire radio spectrum so that no matter what you're tuned to it'll scream "YOU MUST HAVE AN EZ-PASS OR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL HOLD YOU DOWN AND ADMINISTER AN ANGRY JAILHOUSE FISTFARK!" or some such warning.


Don't be stupid, I'm driving here; I don't have time to look out the windows or read road signs.

19 Nov 2012 09:52 AM
sodomizer     
(A)

Drivers: the problem is the roads!

(B)

Roads: the problem is the drivers!

(If you pick A, you're liberal. If you pick B, you're conservative.)

19 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
AngryJailhouseFistfark     

pag1107: I'm sure the obscene fine in place for not having an ez-pass had nothing to do with this.


This is precisely what occurred to me. Sucker 'em onto the lane thinking they can pay the toll in cash like you can on the Dulles Toll Road or the Dulles Greenway, only to find the cold, uncaring gaze of the camera and radio beacon scrutinizing you.

19 Nov 2012 09:54 AM
brigid_fitch    [TotalFark]  

Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?


Not only do I see this all the time, some farkwit BACKED INTO ME once! Going onto an entrance ramp and the car started giving me issues--wouldn't accelerate right, almost every idiot light on the dash starts flashing. Didn't want to pull onto a busy highway when she's acting up, so I pulled onto the shoulder & called AAA. As I'm waiting, a white commercial pickup truck passes me, goes onto the shoulder, and starts backing up. I figure he's being a good Samaritan and wants to see if he can help. Except that he's not slowing down. Hit the horn but the car's turned off--no horn. By the time I turn on the ignition to try the horn again or maybe try to get the hell out of the way, the asshole slams right into me. Bumper crumples, trailer hitch on the back of the truck punctures the radiator. When he tries to pull forward, he nearly rips the radiator out of the engine. No injuries, thankfully, just utter incredulity.

Luckily, the 2 guys he was with told the cops the truth. I don't think anyone, myself included, would EVER believe that somebody got backed into on the shoulder of a busy highway ramp. But it happened.

/CSB
//VW's apparently have a "limp-home" mode (Emergency Running Mode). That's what kicked in that day. Never experienced it before.

19 Nov 2012 09:56 AM
nickerj1     

pag1107: I'm sure the obscene fine in place for not having an ez-pass had nothing to do with this.


In MD, if you go through the ezpass toll lane without one, they just photo your plate and send your a bill for the toll. You get like 5 free ones (just the cost of the toll), and then they start tacking on an admin charge of like 5 bucks a pop.

I'll be riding my bike on these new express lanes for freeeee. Not that it matters much. Even when it's not for free, a motorcycle can tailgate a car through ezpass toll lanes.

19 Nov 2012 09:56 AM
Turfshoe     
I saw that this morning, it was hilarious.

I was curious to see how my commute would be affected and whether I was going to try out the new lanes. Then I get to see that the new lanes caused more traffic than normal.

yay!

/Alexandria!

19 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
JungleBoogie     

Pocket Ninja: I wonder what the chances are that some halfwit found himself accidentally entering the lanes and tried to back up to get out of it.


This is what's causing it, per the news radio reports. These people should not have licenses and the offenders should get their licenses yanked.

Farking, farking, farking idiots.

How do these people get cars?

Go the eff around you effing morons.

And it's a tiny minority that does this, but causes problems for the rest. Thousands and thousands of cars are moving through here. But it's that "special-kind-of-stupid" assclown that decides the BACK THE FARK UP ON THE 65 MPH BELTWAY to avoid a toll.

19 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
make me some tea    [TotalFark]  
The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes. If you accidentally enter the Express Lanes, keep going, take the first exit and go to www.495ExpressLanes.com to pay the toll online, police said.

Who the f*ck backs up on the freeway? I was merging onto the Cross Island from LIE (east Queens, NY) last week and nearly plowed into some idiot who was BACKING UP ON THE ONRAMP. He was around the curve so I couldn't see him until the last minute. Thankfully I was going slow and there wasn't anyone in the next lane over and I could swerve out of the way easily, but holy shiat.

19 Nov 2012 09:58 AM
iheartscotch     

Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?


Politicians? Methodists? The guys off of Duck Dynasty?

19 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
hiker9999     

gochuck: I laugh at the people who live out in the burbs. If you work in DC, live in DC (especially if you don't have kids, no excuse then).


Perhaps we don't want to live in a city whose "leadership" is nearly constantly under criminal investigation?

Perhaps we don't want to live in a city where Marion frakking Barry is seen as some kind of bizarre folk hero?

19 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
wingnut396     

brigid_fitch: Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?

Not only do I see this all the time, some farkwit BACKED INTO ME once! Going onto an entrance ramp and the car started giving me issues--wouldn't accelerate right, almost every idiot light on the dash starts flashing. Didn't want to pull onto a busy highway when she's acting up, so I pulled onto the shoulder & called AAA. As I'm waiting, a white commercial pickup truck passes me, goes onto the shoulder, and starts backing up. I figure he's being a good Samaritan and wants to see if he can help. Except that he's not slowing down. Hit the horn but the car's turned off--no horn. By the time I turn on the ignition to try the horn again or maybe try to get the hell out of the way, the asshole slams right into me. Bumper crumples, trailer hitch on the back of the truck punctures the radiator. When he tries to pull forward, he nearly rips the radiator out of the engine. No injuries, thankfully, just utter incredulity.

Luckily, the 2 guys he was with told the cops the truth. I don't think anyone, myself included, would EVER believe that somebody got backed into on the shoulder of a busy highway ramp. But it happened.

/CSB
//VW's apparently have a "limp-home" mode (Emergency Running Mode). That's what kicked in that day. Never experienced it before.


More importantly, VW horns only work when the ignition is on?

19 Nov 2012 10:00 AM
make me some tea    [TotalFark]  

brigid_fitch: Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?

Not only do I see this all the time, some farkwit BACKED INTO ME once! Going onto an entrance ramp and the car started giving me issues--wouldn't accelerate right, almost every idiot light on the dash starts flashing. Didn't want to pull onto a busy highway when she's acting up, so I pulled onto the shoulder & called AAA. As I'm waiting, a white commercial pickup truck passes me, goes onto the shoulder, and starts backing up. I figure he's being a good Samaritan and wants to see if he can help. Except that he's not slowing down. Hit the horn but the car's turned off--no horn. By the time I turn on the ignition to try the horn again or maybe try to get the hell out of the way, the asshole slams right into me. Bumper crumples, trailer hitch on the back of the truck punctures the radiator. When he tries to pull forward, he nearly rips the radiator out of the engine. No injuries, thankfully, just utter incredulity.

Luckily, the 2 guys he was with told the cops the truth. I don't think anyone, myself included, would EVER believe that somebody got backed into on the shoulder of a busy highway ramp. But it happened.

/CSB
//VW's apparently have a "limp-home" mode (Emergency Running Mode). That's what kicked in that day. Never experienced it before.


Many years ago I was sitting at a light waiting to get on the freeway. Some redneck douche in a big truck in front of me was messing with the two women in his cab and didn't notice that his truck was rolling backward. I saw him rolling toward me and leaned on the horn, he didn't pay attention. When he bumped into me, he floored it and took off. Thankfully I was in my dad's '67 Pontiac Lemans and it didn't even scratch the bumper, but damn.

19 Nov 2012 10:00 AM
jkl65s4     
There has been an extensive media campaign for these new express lanes. The traffic reporters are going out of their way to mention it as well as a big push since summer to get the locals signed up and using E-ZPass. I seriously don't know how much more clear it could be. The only thing I can suggest is parking a state trooper at the entrance 24/7, as people are a lot less likely to do stupid things if they know a cop is right there who will give them an even bigger ticket.

19 Nov 2012 10:00 AM
maxximillian     

AngryJailhouseFistfark: They rigged up a ramp where anyone can get on the thing and only once you're committed do you realize that there's no toll-taker option. You either have the EZ-Pass radio transponder or you don't. The sign informing you "EZ-Pass Required" is little more than the sign you might have in your neighborhood reading, "Cloaca Lane" or "Mutton Road".

And once you're in, there's no way out NOR do you have any idea what fate awaits you if you don't pay the toll. Could be the Drone comes out of the Pentagon and Hellfire's your illicit motoring ass. Could be the whole thing locks up like those giant steel plates that come up out of the ground around the Capitol Building and other super-secure locations around here. Rather than risk such a fate, the only alternative is to back your shiat on up the ramp to freedom and hope your friendly fellow motorists will take sympathy on you.

Turns out it's a minor fine if you don't have the EZ-Pass, something like $12.50 plus a $1.50 handling fee. They should make the EZ-Pass Required sign a GIANT farking billboard, screaming at you, some radio message broadcasting at 10 Million Megawatts across the entire radio spectrum so that no matter what you're tuned to it'll scream "YOU MUST HAVE AN EZ-PASS OR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL HOLD YOU DOWN AND ADMINISTER AN ANGRY JAILHOUSE FISTFARK!" or some such warning.


Little more than a street sign my arse, they've had signs up for weeks spelled out with shinny farking lights so you can see it day and night that for months. It's also been on the radio and in the news. If people somehow managed to miss this it's thier fault not VDOT.

19 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

brigid_fitch: Hack Patooey: The cause of the crash has not been determined but Virginia State Police are urging drivers to be careful and not back up if they mistakenly enter the Express Lanes.

I see it all the time, but who the fark thinks its OK to back up on the highway because you screwed up an exit?

Not only do I see this all the time, some farkwit BACKED INTO ME once! Going onto an entrance ramp and the car started giving me issues--wouldn't accelerate right, almost every idiot light on the dash starts flashing. Didn't want to pull onto a busy highway when she's acting up, so I pulled onto the shoulder & called AAA. As I'm waiting, a white commercial pickup truck passes me, goes onto the shoulder, and starts backing up. I figure he's being a good Samaritan and wants to see if he can help. Except that he's not slowing down. Hit the horn but the car's turned off--no horn. By the time I turn on the ignition to try the horn again or maybe try to get the hell out of the way, the asshole slams right into me. Bumper crumples, trailer hitch on the back of the truck punctures the radiator. When he tries to pull forward, he nearly rips the radiator out of the engine. No injuries, thankfully, just utter incredulity.

Luckily, the 2 guys he was with told the cops the truth. I don't think anyone, myself included, would EVER believe that somebody got backed into on the shoulder of a busy highway ramp. But it happened.

/CSB
//VW's apparently have a "limp-home" mode (Emergency Running Mode). That's what kicked in that day. Never experienced it before.


You KNOW who would design a car with some kind of system that allowed the car to over ride YOUR want to drive it manually, don't you?

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19 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  

Some FAQs for the road:

How do I know how many axles my vehicle has?

If you are driving a private passenger vehicle and not towing a trailer, chances are your vehicle has two axles. However, you should contact the E-ZPass agency which manages your account to verify the number of axles on your vehicle. Please make sure that your vehicle has only two axles before your first trip in the 495 Express Lanes.

There was an accident and I did not receive a faster trip. Will I be charged?

We are sorry to hear that your trip in the 495 Express Lanes did not meet you expectations. Refunds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What are the administrative fees for toll violations?

If you do not pay your toll, the best thing to do is to immediately go to the ?Missed Toll??page to pay your toll. There will be a $1.50 administrative fee to cover the cost of collecting the toll. If the 495 Express Lanes has to send you a letter with an unpaid invoice, that administrative fee goes up to $12.50 per trip. If you do not pay your first invoice then that fee escalates to $25.00 per trip.
The first two are for entertainment value only. The last says they're a bunch of greedy bastards who should be dumped into the Potomac wearing cement overshoes. The per-trip, rather than per-month, "fee" is unrelated to expenses, it's just a way to gouge revenue. This is how people in Texas end up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Some toll roads bundle up your no-account charges for a month and send you a combined bill, plus a monthly processing charge which is related to the actual processing cost.

19 Nov 2012 10:02 AM
limeyfellow     
Within 15 minutes of driving into DC I saw 6 accidents and someone who was trailing us at about 6 feet nearly slammed into our car. WIthin 20 minutes I was cussing like a sailor and wanting to go all ITG on everyone else on the road.

19 Nov 2012 10:03 AM
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