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#1 Hum

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:03

Next time you sense a case of road rage coming on, remember this video: You do not want to end up like the driver of the black pickup.

The man's reckless driving on a Florida road was captured on video by a woman he tailgated and one-finger saluted before he spun out and crashed into a light pole.

The man was reportedly uninjured in the crash, but his ego may take a long time to recover. The footage was uploaded to the Web and has since gone viral.

 

 

Hold the phone a minute, here, though: Why does the woman he's raging against appear to speed up when he is trying to pass? Is she egging him on?

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to WTSP to give her side of the story. She said she sped up to match the speed limit increase on that section of road. She was driving safely, she said, keeping an eye on her mirrors and the road.

The same can't be said for the pickup driver, who, as soon as he passes, promptly spins out and lands in the grassy median, inspiring the woman to laugh victoriously and say, "That's what you get! All on video, buddy."

The video has created an uproar on the Web. Some have praised the woman for capturing the driver's bad behavior on video. However, others contend she herself played a part in the incident. The uploader has disabled comments to the YouTube video, citing "rude, uncalled for, and just downright mean" responses.

The man drove away from the accident, but thanks to the woman's video, police say they were able to track him down. Jeffrey White was charged with leaving the scene, reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt, according to WTSP.

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#2 Andrew

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:08

Someone showed me this video earlier. Her excuse why she couldn't switch lane is complete BS. She passes 2 trucks in quick succession and nothing else is near her the entire time. Fact is she was just staying out to slow / annoy the other driver. Not an excuse for the tailgating in the first place, but she's not helping.

 

Wouldn't get away with it in the UK and our recent lane laws.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:14

She should be charged for distracted driving.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:23

Not allowed to use a phone when you're driving where I live.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:26

^ Currently, Florida has no law prohibiting or restricting drivers from sending text messages or using cell phones while driving. Florida doesn't require hands-free devices; drivers are free to use any kind of cell phone. :ermm:



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:32

Two things....

 

Woman, she is a...well, I wont say the word.  Regardless of what the guy did, that looked like a pretty good accident.  For her to just sit their and laugh her ass off, not cool.  If it was me, I would be out of the car making sure the guy was ok.   Or at least dialed 911.  And hope she gets charged with reckless driving by holding her cell phone.  Focusing on the road my ass.  Plus, all that did was egg the guy on.

 

As far as the guy, looked like the woman was on a road where both lanes going the same way.  She was in the left, slow lane, and he had plenty of time to pass her.  And he made a jerk move to the end that screwed him over.

 

both are jerks



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:34

Is it even legal to leave the site of an accident?



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:36

Is it even legal to leave the site of an accident?

 

Well, she wasnt involved in the accident or the cause really.  The guy got ######, sped up, and cut in front of her.  It was all him and she didnt hit the guy at all.  It was just a dick move for her to do so and not care about what happened.

 

EDIT:  Apparently the guy got charged.  Missed the last part of the OP.   He was the only one involved in the accident.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:38

They are not driving on an expressway.  Expressways have signs and laws for slower drivers to stay to the right.  On a standard, split, two lane highway most states have no such law for slower drivers to move right. It is usually a sign of courtesy to move right IF going below the speed limit.


Is it even legal to leave the site of an accident?

She caused no accident.  



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:39

Well, she wasnt involved in the accident or the cause really.  The guy got ######, sped up, and cut in front of her.  It was all him and she didnt hit the guy at all.  It was just a dick move for her to do so and not care about what happened.

 

EDIT:  Apparently the guy got charged.  Missed the last part of the OP.   He was the only one involved in the accident.

 

I thought you had a duty of care to ensure they weren't injured?



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:44

I thought you had a duty of care to ensure they weren't injured?


I'm not 100 sure in it. Different states may have different rules

They are not driving on an expressway.  Expressways have signs and laws for slower drivers to stay to the right.  On a standard, split, two lane highway most states have no such law for slower drivers to move right.


That how it is in Florida? Arizona and Illinois, left lane is the slow lane.

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:49

AFAIK, you must always drive on the right side (or right lane). You cant just be on the left lane because you want to. She was clogging up traffic. She had PLENTY of time to switch to the right.

I get this on the highway almost daily. People staying in their left lane when passing and Im obviously rolling faster than them. High beams usually does it. If not, I follow it up with a honk which USUALLY makes them switch to the right lane (where they are suppose to be).

If not, I have no choice but to right lane pass them because of course I also clog up the traffic behind me....of course, I salute them nicely ;)

The guy IMO did nothing wrong. He was trying to pass and was being held up by this bitch for whatever strange reason she wanted too. He had no choice but to pass her. I would have passed her then gave her the finger instead of doing it while passing as Im personally a type of person that like both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.

http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html

A lot of states require you to drive on the right lane. The rest recommend.

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 22:55

^ Currently, Florida has no law prohibiting or restricting drivers from sending text messages or using cell phones while driving. Florida doesn't require hands-free devices; drivers are free to use any kind of cell phone. :ermm:

 

Florida is a crazy state. She could have gotten out of the car and killed the other driver if she felt threatened enough to stand her ground.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 23:06

so many people do that in this state get out of the left lane if your just gonna go slow and that guy could have blew past her in that f350 kingranch gonna cost his insurance a decent amount



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 23:09

Is it even legal to leave the site of an accident?

 

 

If you hit a pole or rail or whatever, you must stay until cops show up. 

 

Or you will get a ticket for leaving the scene.

 

And depends on the law in the state, if you hit someone else's car, you can give the victim your insurance and car info so the driver will give your info to the cops for the report..   so you won't get a ticket (or get arrested) for leaving the scene. But if you don't give the info to the victim, then you will get a ticket (or get arrested) for taking off the scene. 

 

I was in a 'hit and run' accident..  Someone hit me then gave me their info and took off. I told a cop that I got their info and they took off.. Cops looked for them and didn't give them a ticket.. Cops told me in a few days later and found them. I was told that they are ok and they are not getting a ticket for taking off.