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Old 06-03-2015, 09:28 AM   #41
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Since I started street I always thought leo would be more effective in increasing public safety and also bringing in "revenue" if they cut back some on the chickenshit speed traps and instead had some officers cruising on bikes with ghost decals ticketing distracted drivers.

Get them a few dual sports or even sport bikes so they don't stand out as leo but ds's would be a lot more versatile for a pd to have.

It's just so easy to spot them when riding and imo would be less downtown between tickets than when they are sitting on the side of the road and you know.. would actually make the roadways safer instead of just drumming up $.

One of the things I would do if I'm ever el dictator of Houston for a day.
Please let me be on your police force. I can write tickets 24/7 just on changing lanes without signaling.
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None of those pre-existing distractions are as bad as cell phones, though. People completely check out when they are messing with their phones. The human brain simply cannot handle both tasks at once, regardless of how anyone feels otherwise.

I swear, half of the traffic in this city would vanish if people would put their phone down, and actually GO when the light turns green.
these are typically people who get rev limiter as i go by. they wake up, sometimes drop their phones right out of their hands. pretty comical, and they move. never had anybody try to kill me yet...

i did have one old lady litralee ask me to shut off my bike at a light because she couldnt hear the person she was on the phone with. she also got rev limiter.
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Please let me be on your police force. I can write tickets 24/7 just on changing lanes without signaling.
If you signal, tighten up the gap and refuse to let you over. So its a losing situation. I signal as long as I know there's no chance of that happening but if it is, then game on.
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If you signal, tighten up the gap and refuse to let you over. So its a losing situation. I signal as long as I know there's no chance of that happening but if it is, then game on.
I signal to give them a heads up about what I'm going to do, not request their permission to do it.
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If you signal, tighten up the gap and refuse to let you over. So its a losing situation. I signal as long as I know there's no chance of that happening but if it is, then game on.
When I signal, I'm not requesting space. I'm giving notice that I'm taking that space.
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People that signal and just sit there like a waiting for you to slow down or something are almost as bad as the ones who don't signal at all.
I give them about a .5-1 second notice from blinker activation to executing the lane change. Gives them a heads up, but no time to speed up and block you.
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Yep wait for an opening, signal intention and go before some can move up into the space.

I use the blinker to get people out of my blind spots when in the truck quite a bit also, they almost always speed up to get in front and then I just turn it off.
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None of those pre-existing distractions are as bad as cell phones, though. People completely check out when they are messing with their phones. The human brain simply cannot handle both tasks at once, regardless of how anyone feels otherwise.

I swear, half of the traffic in this city would vanish if people would put their phone down, and actually GO when the light turns green.
I've been driving in Houston traffic since long before cell phones and texting. This is nothing new. Its just the cause du jour for people to rally behind to complain about drivers.
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So have I and there is a higher percentage of drivers that don't have their eyes on the road.
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these are typically people who get rev limiter as i go by. they wake up, sometimes drop their phones right out of their hands. pretty comical, and they move. never had anybody try to kill me yet...

i did have one old lady litralee ask me to shut off my bike at a light because she couldnt hear the person she was on the phone with. she also got rev limiter.
Agreed. Termi's are generally much louder than the horn to get them to look up.
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So have I and there is a higher percentage of drivers that don't have their eyes on the road.
Eating a burger while driving is at least TRYING to split your attention between two things, and your eyes at least stay 80% on the road. With a cell phone, its like a flipping a switch, and all of the sudden you have an unmanned vehicle for a solid 25+ seconds. At least a drunk driver will be constantly erratic; a habitual Facebook user will just suddenly become drunk.
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Eating a burger while driving is at least TRYING to split your attention between two things, and your eyes at least stay 80% on the road. With a cell phone, its like a flipping a switch, and all of the sudden you have an unmanned vehicle for a solid 25+ seconds. At least a drunk driver will be constantly erratic; a habitual Facebook user will just suddenly become drunk.
If someone has a 25+ second disconnect from looking at the road, then yeah, thats extremely dangerous.

While I know it only takes a split-second for things to go south, I'm normally back on target within a half-second or second. Also, I don't text while in the middle of cars and traffic.
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If someone has a 25+ second disconnect from looking at the road, then yeah, thats extremely dangerous.

While I know it only takes a split-second for things to go south, I'm normally back on target within a half-second or second. Also, I normally text while in the middle of buzzards.
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What percentage of drivers had food in their hand during a typical commute back in 1990? What percentage of drivers have texting capable phones today?
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