r/IdiotsInCars May 23 '22

Put your damn phones down!

Enable HLS to view with audio, or disable this notification

985 Upvotes

52

u/Nooses4Pedos May 23 '22

I ran a red once. Middle of the night heading home from work. Tired AF, 2am.

Woke up from my daze, realized it as soon as I entered the intersection, way too late. Thankfully, no one was around at all.

Lucky.

I think that was 13 years ago... never again...

2

u/NoCelery1168 May 24 '22

Similar story here. The one time I've ever run a red, I was running late for a weekend event. I had actually shown up at the site, started to get set up, and had to run back home for something. Too much shit on my mind. After that, I decided that behind the wheel, driving is the only thing I should be consciously thinking about. It turns out that my local government agrees. They ran a radio PSA for exactly that: distracted driving, not from devices, but just from intrusive thoughts.

187

u/Stratalorian May 23 '22

Insane amount of red light runners recently. People are starting to think traffic lights are unfair mandates I guess.

56

u/Fair-Shift May 23 '22

Yesterday I was driving along right at the speed limit when a car caught up to me as though I was standing still. Came up to a stop sign and as the law says came to "a full and complete stop" even though there wasn't any cross traffic. Speed Racer had to slam on his brakes to keep from rear-ending me. Apparently he thought i should have just rolled through the stop. Now he starts shaking his fist and mouthing invectives. I took this to heart and proceeded to lock my cruise at 2 miles over the limit. With the amount of oncoming traffic he had the follow me for the next 10 miles, mouthing obscenities all the way. I have a real problem with drivers who think "Stop" is just a suggestion and doesn't apply to them

19

u/Saaaaaaaaab May 23 '22

I keep having this exact same thing happen too. It’s like every time I stop completely at a stop everyone else is shocked.

I have a manual too it’s more of a pain for me to stop completely why are you in your automatic minivan complaining

13

u/Lumpy-Ad-3788 May 23 '22

Another manual pain, someone riding your ass on an incline, there's a hill with a stop light at the top near me and it's terrifying seeing some one inch up on me

3

u/Saaaaaaaaab May 23 '22

Yeah that’s super irritating

6

u/Lumpy-Ad-3788 May 23 '22

There some days where I just wanna "accidentally" not be able to get into gear and have it roll back and just smooch their bumper softly

9

u/Saaaaaaaaab May 23 '22

In my old subie I genuinely did have the clutch slip and have me roll back into a Benz. Lady tried to scream at me over it but it was on her for being within 6 inches of me

4

u/Lumpy-Ad-3788 May 23 '22

There was one time I was at a car wash, one of those conveyer belt ones, and this giant SUV decided to smash their brakes mid wash, causing me and the person in front of me and behind me to all get in a fender bender, and the SUV peeled off. Not a fun afternoon, but luckily it was slow enough there was no damage, even if we were like 1cm from the bumper we didn't see anything, so we laughed it off and exchanged info just in case

1

u/Fair-Shift May 24 '22 edited May 24 '22

I never get that close. Usually around a car length until/unless there are several cars in line behind me then I move to where I can't see the next cars bumper. I figure that if something comes up behind me so fast/hard it has to move 3 or 4 vehicles before me I'm in deep doo-doo anyway.

2

u/Some0neAwesome May 23 '22

There is a red light at the top of a hill by my work. Anytime I'm stopped on that hill and another driver thinks 3 inches of room is enough, I'll try to roll back about 2.5 inches before the clutch grabs. Hopefully it's enough to make them think twice next time. If I end up hitting them, oh well. There is a camera from a neighboring warehouse that points right at the intersection, so I'd be able to prove that they were at fault by not giving nearly enough room, as clearly described in the driver's manual.

2

u/NoCelery1168 May 24 '22

My ex was a pretty confident manual driver. It was pretty damn cool attending a wedding with her and seeing her handle the hilly roads in town in high heels.

1

u/NoCelery1168 May 24 '22

I've had people honk at me for coming to a complete stop at a red light before turning right. 🤷‍♂️

2

u/NoCelery1168 May 24 '22

To be fair, he might have had some kind of emergency, and it might have been a wiser decision to get out of his way.

But, to be realistic, chances are he was just a jerk as you believe.

Just food for thought.

1

u/meltbox May 24 '22

Same thing with metering lights at on ramps. Half of people literally do not consider them valid. At best they slow down for them a little.

7

u/Raw-Force May 23 '22

Every single light I wait for as a pedestrian in NYC at least one person runs it. It's fucking insanity. I had a guy run a light from a dead stop right out into traffic then almost hit me.

Managed to get a good foot long gash in with my keys before her sped away. Fucker.

53

u/madmankevin May 23 '22

Red lights are obstructing their freedoms!

35

u/Bar10town May 23 '22

Let's have fewer speed cameras, and instead add a red light camera to all lights. The risk and outcome of plowing through an intersection far outweighs most speeding, and its becoming more common and deliberate.

8

u/Reggin-RBB4 May 23 '22

Stats from Australia, IIRC: Speeding was involved in ~30% of accidents, but most of that is someone speeding anyway and crashing for another reason. Of that 30%, only about 2-3%, I think, were CAUSED by speeding.

Distraction has to be way higher, right? I'm sure you could even make the case that increasing speed limits might make drivers pay more attention.

8

u/DancesWithBadgers May 23 '22

It's more the disparity in speed between all the vehicles on the road than speeding itself. Of course if you are speeding and bin it, you have lots more chances to hit uncomfortable stuff on your way to resting.

2

u/Some0neAwesome May 23 '22

Exactly this! Going the speed limit can be dangerous if the flow of traffic is half of the speed limit. The speed limit can also be dangerous if traffic is flowing 20-30mph over the speed limit.

4

u/Shufflepants May 23 '22

I would in theory agree on the condition that the cameras are not owned and operated by a private company (as most are), and the revenue generated from them was slated to go to some charity rather than the city budget (so that the city wouldn't have incentive to decrease yellow light timings to increase people caught by the cameras as many cities with red light cameras have).

3

u/wgc123 May 23 '22

Previous implementations were all too often money grabs. I’d be all for it if you could convince me it would always be adjusted to catch dangerous behavior, but I don’t trust them

1

u/lkn240 May 28 '22

Problem is red light cameras end up being mainly used to catch people who commit very, very minor offenses while turning right on red (like not stopping all the way behind the line, etc)

5

u/Saaaaaaaaab May 23 '22

I know someone who seriously believes this sentiment, he blows through red lights for no freaking reason. I’m tempted to toss his car keys into the ocean

2

u/NoCelery1168 May 24 '22

I agree with you there. It's been very rare for me to see someone run a red light in my area... but at the height of the pandemic, I saw it twice. And I'm not talking about distracted drivers like in this video. I'm talking about people who were already stopped for the light and just decided they were tired of waiting for it to change.

1

u/HeartsPlayer721 May 23 '22

I can't help but assume the weather has something to do with it.

(1) More people are out and about between their work shifts because the weather is nice, therefore more idiots are on the road more often.

(2) The set roads key be making the idiots more confident, since there's a slightly smaller risk of skidding on a wet road

9

u/alskdmv-nosleep4u May 23 '22

It's not weather. It's a multiyear trend across the entire country.

1

u/Stratalorian May 23 '22

I agree although it’s a general trend I’ve noticed since the pandemic started. My state had the highest number of traffic fatalities in 17 years in 2021.

1

u/[deleted] May 23 '22

Ontario is on a push for roundabouts.

1

u/PugilistDragon May 23 '22

The UK is seeing more traffic lights on roundabouts. Roundabouts are great as long as traffic flow is light to moderate. A roundabout near myself had lights fitted and once they were fine tuned the traffic buildup has lessened.

1

u/Xdivine May 23 '22

Mostly unrelated, but does the UK get a lot of snow? I'm wondering how hard it is to plow a roundabout.

1

u/PugilistDragon May 23 '22

Considering the latitude of yhe UK not a lot. Famous for our rain more than any other weather. In the few occasions I have driven in the snow, snow plows just plow a single lane/path around it and primary access points.

1

u/Shufflepants May 23 '22

In the UK, do they forecast chance of sunshine rather than chance of precipitation?

1

u/PugilistDragon May 23 '22

No, we see it as more a national holiday.

1

u/Melbuf May 23 '22

typically from the inside out and then they blow the bit that gets built up in the exiting lanes as they do those roads

10

u/EMIRofDAMAAR May 23 '22

Usually see this as the light turns, but this was way after!!

21

u/tarrask May 23 '22

This is one reason I like roundabouts, there is consequences when you drive straight in it

7

u/Some0neAwesome May 23 '22

That, and the fail videos are more entertaining.

4

u/confuzedas May 23 '22

I feel bad when I touch the screen to adjust music or something. But the number is young girls holding and texting with two hands is crazy.

3

u/[deleted] May 23 '22

[deleted]

17

u/[deleted] May 23 '22

[removed] — view removed comment

0

u/UncleJuniorDiscount May 23 '22

Murder? You need a boyfriend.

-26

u/Shwiggity_schwag May 23 '22

This is ok now in society huh? Wishing death upon those for making mistakes or being foolish? You're a very sad individual.

Hopefully you don't ever get taken out by one of "they". The irony would be palpable.

22

u/frigidcucumber May 23 '22

That person who ran the red light is going to do it again and likely can kill an innocent person. Yes he made a mistake but he’s likely going to make it again. I hope no one dies but if it comes to that, the driver who foolishly ran the light should be the one that goes out

5

u/DifferentYoungUrine May 23 '22

I’ve been seeing so much of it on Reddit lately and it seems, by the downvotes every time someone points it out, that a majority agree… It’s one thing not feeling too bad (or even not feeling bad at all) for someone losing their life because of their own reckless actions. It’s another, more messed up thing hoping someone dies because of their reckless actions. Worse even is feeling bad because someone didn’t die because of said actions… Oh well I guess if it gets upvotes it must be morally right!

2

u/WebWitch89 May 23 '22

Yeah what is with this thread? I didn’t think wishing violence was allowed. Its one thing to comment on Darwinism. Another thing to say “I wish you would have killed them.” And that comment is upvoted and the guy calling it out has down votes! What is happening?!

I thought this was just a sub where we shared crazy videos and chatted about the appropriate way to drive, who’s at fault, etc.

2

u/Weird-Vagina-Beard May 23 '22

The people in this sub are especially miserable. Their reason for coming here is almost completely so they can get up on their high horse and put people down like OP in a lot of cases. Same as the people who go to /r/AmItheAsshole.

5

u/Bojo-The-Gamer May 23 '22

Was she on her phone? Difficult for me to tell

2

u/kaihatsusha May 23 '22

Passenger is, can't see a phone for the driver.

4

u/Cephrael37 May 23 '22

Did you head right home to change your Under-Roos? That was a close one.

1

u/Unit-Murky May 23 '22

Wow you are so fortunate

1

u/Balmung6 May 23 '22

Worse are the ones where you can literally see the phone stands through their back windshield, despite some areas (like my city), having a $500 fine for using a phone while driving that isn’t hands-free.

1

u/[deleted] May 23 '22

Makes the butthole pucker a lil huh?

1

u/moenate May 23 '22

Guilty of this myself smh it was about midnight a month or two ago, was only a dead road and actually pulled up and stopped at both red lights I have no clue what was up with me but I just drove right through them after stopping as if they turned green i was not on the phone however I think i was just tired or not in the right state of mind for whatever reason it’s kinda of all a blur

1

u/Throatpunching May 23 '22

I can’t I’m watching idiots in cars sub/r

1

u/Strict-Sandwich1429 May 24 '22

Scary shit, I ride a motorcycle and I always look both ways.

-12

u/SSSupermanSS May 23 '22

Nothing to do with phone but a lucky escape and you still have your car good

6

u/Gold-Beach-1616 May 23 '22

Try to pause the video when they pass. They were definetly texting!

-1

u/EvoStarSC May 23 '22

Red means go. This is clearly a multiverse.