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Old 10-01-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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What is it about po-pos?

That they don't seem to be very attentive drivers? I seem to hear a lot about how they create dangerous situations for bikers. I got run into another lane by a constable this morning on the way in to work. Luckily the person next to me was another biker who saw what was happening and shared the lane with me when I had to scoot over.
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Do as I say not as I do mentality. I understand if its a life and death situation. The last one that came inches away from my family while in the car got his speeder, and almost got us.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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it's "the law" broda.. we got no word on it, unless we spent priceless faqing hours going to court and mad money trying to get them to change around here..
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or be more attentive for them. cuz whether them or a plain cager, it'll happen again.

OP, what is this like your first wk riding?
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Police are not immune from humans innate inability to multitask. Throw in a laptop, cell phone, radio squack, donuts, etc. and they can become poor drivers. Most police I know of are actually excellent drivers, but anyone is if they don't pay attention.

The only profession that I'm aware of that still maintains driving competence while talking on a cell phone is airplane pilots. They simply stop participating in the telephone conversation when they see that they need to pay attention to driving. So they aren't immune either, they are simply better at deciding to what to do.
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if youve ever sat in a police car (front preferably or back as most of us have), theres alot to keep a police officer busy. Its hard enough driving in my own car defensively watching out for joe shmoe driniking his coffee or tuning his radio or jane "im putting on my makeup" driver. Imagine your squad car is your office. laptop, scanner, etc. etc. Im not condoning what happens but try it out and youll see It aint easy....
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Not first week riding, but first week commuting. Still a pretty brand new rider, though. About a month 1/2 riding experience.
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You try driving and operating a laptop

It's kind of your fault for riding that close to a cage
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I wasn't that close, he came across 2 lanes. That is especially what made me mad.
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It will happen more as you drive more. Just remember all cars are out to get you. You have to think like that when you are riding
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I wasn't that close, he came across 2 lanes. That is especially what made me mad.
Get used to it. Doesn't matter what type of vehicle you're operating, drivers in Houston usually have a phone in their hand and a head square up their
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Yeah. I'm finding that out. They are all blind and trying to kill me.
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Do they have an app for turn signals?
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I'm sure droid has one among all the other pointless apps.
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Not first week riding, but first week commuting. Still a pretty brand new rider, though. About a month 1/2 riding experience.
That explains a lot.

Understand this about Houston: This city is not motorcycle friendly. In fact, it is almost actively hostile to bikers. If you think the po-po cant drive, you've obviously not yet seen such fine roadways as I-10, 1960, Westheimer, etc.

I consider any day where I only get nearly killed 10 times or less to be a good day.
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It will happen more as you drive more. Just remember all cars are out to get you. You have to think like that when you are riding
You don't need to pretend that is the case in Houston. For the most part, they really ARE out to get you.
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Cut the po-po some slack. It's their occupational hazzard. Most of the time I see them on the road, they are doing 5-10mph below the PSL and they stay in the same lane.
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On paper, mexico has the worst drivers in the world, and where do we live, little old mexico, were all at a high risk here. travel 10 mph faster than everyone, I call it highstepping. Always have an escape ect. ect.
Get used to it and good luck !
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Cut the po-po some slack. It's their occupational hazzard. Most of the time I see them on the road, they are doing 5-10mph below the PSL and they stay in the same lane.
I see the same mix of po-po as I do regular drivers honestly.

Some stay in their lane, drive with traffic speed (, some of them will even speed up when they notice they're causing traffic to slow down), use signals, don't blow lights, and generally behave like a driver who doesn't have a case of cranial rectitis.

Others? They make Cinco Ranch Barbie look attentive.

Then there's the few that utterly abuse the fact that they're in a cop car...blowing lights, speeding, crawling, left turns from the right lane, tailgating, etc...basically being a rolling demonstration of how NOT to drive. Honestly though, they probably only stand out because they're in a police car.
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