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  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • DCers don't know how to use HOV lanes? Live and learn. Live and learn....
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • learned to drive on the beltway, so getting a kick ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Bring on the Google cars!
  • 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.
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