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Listen Cobb county drivers-I know you are upset because your county chose to charge for gas if they pull you over. That does not mean you should start using the 400 corridor as your speedway. Please note. The speed limit around the perimeter is 55. I know you don't like it. I know you think because I drive a cool sports car that I am going to be going 80. I know you think this when you get behind me and ride my ass. I know you get all pissy when you almost clip me as you swing around in front of me. I know you are from Cobb because the several who did this had Cobb County plates.
Please unglue the cell phone from your head. Use your blinker. Mind the speed limit.
ON and PS. The bitches in their white cadillac SUV's that are up here at Mansell for the Ovarian Cancer walk. GET OVER YOURSELF. I know you are doing a good thing but your driving does not compensate for it.
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My hubby and I ride a motorcycle and I've noticed a lot of accidents involving motorcycles being talked about on the news and radio lately. Here are 10 safety tips that I feel need to be shared:

1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the motorist, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle - they ignore it (usually unintentionally).

2. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car's blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.

3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
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Read more safety tips here: http://www.forcardrivers.com/quicktips.html
x-posted a bit
13th-Dec-2007 09:49 am - Yo Beeatch!
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This is directed to the woman in the car behind me coming out of Sam Flax last night around 5 p.m. onto Northside Drive. If you did not notice, I was in front of you in the median, with my blinker on. Was it somehow not obvious too you that I too was trying to get over? You honking and getting pissed off at me, when your attempt to cut me off did not succeed, was simply unjustifuied, rude and not at all in the spirit of the holidays...did I mention, I was ahead of you. Do you cut in lines at the movies and stores too? Instead of another tattoo why not invest in a book on etiquette?

To the rest of y'all, all I ask is to remember, we are all in this world together. No one is a unique snowflake that gets to make up their own rules...

11th-Dec-2007 12:13 pm - School zones...
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I moved to Alpharetta from Dallas, TX on 9/24. Is there some unwritten rule that school zones don't have to be obeyed in Alpharetta like they do in other cities?

I have 2 different routes that I can take from home to work. Both include a school zone. One is on Haynes Bridge East of 400 between Thornberry and Mansel. The other is on Scott Rd/Old Scott Rd inbetween Nesbit Ferry and Holcomb Bridge.

Everymorning when the school zone lights are flashing and there are busses sharing the road with me there are cars speeding past me, or riding my bumber like I'm the idiot.

What's the deal?

(x-posted to Fulton_County)
25th-Sep-2007 04:38 pm - Yo Paco! Nice Taco.
The crap people do to their vehicles never ceases to amaze me...

Yesterday on my way down to class, I came up behind a beater of a Toyota pickup. The owner, cool dude that he is, had popped the first two and last to letters off of the manufacturer's plate everywhere it appeared, changing his Toyota into a mere 'yo'. We've all seen this before...but this particular Yo used to be a Tacoma...and if you pop the last two letters off of that, your Toyota Tacoma turns into a Yo Taco.

But driving the only Yo Taco in town wasn't enough for our hero Paco...it wasn't truly distinctive without a hood ornament. And not just any hood ornament...but a 'Winged Victory' hood ornament from a Rolls.

And the final touch, to make the Taco truly Pacoriffic? The hood ornament wasn't even on the centerline; it was offset about three inches to the right.

So...yeah. If you see a tan Yo Taco with a poorly-installed hood ornament, feel free to laugh and point. I sure did!
31st-Aug-2007 02:04 pm - WTF?
Seriously...WTF is up with the corner of Windward Parkway and Westside/Deerfield Parkway? AT LEAST twice a week I end up behind some dimbulb who is absolutely incapable of making a left onto Westside from Windward. These people always stop behind the line, never advance into the intersection, never go on a yellow, and frequently won't go on a green even when the road is entirely clear! It's as though there's some kind of stupid ray from space fixed on that exact spot. Alternately, is there a mental home nearby? I keep thinking that these people must be my coworkers, but they never pull into my office complex - I wonder if there's a home for tards with drivers licenses around the corner.

Very, very frustrating.
1st-Feb-2007 08:34 am - Banning red light cameras??
Just wondering what everyone here thought about this article:

Marietta rep wants to ban red light cameras

Personally, my favorite line is when he mentions we have a Constitutional right to face our accusers. Sure, but I also have a right to not be slammed into by a car running a red light. If the regular police aren't going to do anything about people running them (I have been at intersections in Cobb County twice when a police car has been at the front of the line of cars when a car from another direction has run the light and the cops didn't even give the car a second look), then wouldn't it be a good idea to have some other system that will punish people for doing it? Otherwise, why have laws about red lights at all?

I also had to scratch my head at the reasoning that fender-benders increasing so therefore we should get rid of the cameras. I didn't grow up in Georgia, so I didn't learn how to drive here, but where I learned how to drive they specifically taught us that seeing the light turn yellow was cause for stepping on the brake pedal, not the accelerator. I think it says something (something bad) about the culture of driving here when is expected that not only the first car will go through the yellow light, but also the second. Maybe having red light cameras at all intersections would actually help (eventually) prevent accidents because it would teach people to quit reading their newspapers while going down the road and actually look at what's going on around them.

I understand that sometimes people get tickets from red light cameras that don't deserve them. Some people going the speed limit get speeding tickets from actual human police officers. No system is perfect all of the time. I know for a fact, though (because I drive through it almost every work day) that the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Windy Hill has far fewer people running red lights now that they have a camera there. And that's a good thing.

I don't know about other people's road rage, but mine is caused by idiotas living in COLUMBUS, GA that have no idea about the basics of driving! 

Hey you stupid Chevy Tahoe soccer mom when making a turn at a turn light you stay in your frickin' lane and do not maneuver into my lane while turning or while I'M on the side of you and almost causing a side collision with my Grand Marquis!! I had to blow my horn at you dolt and get into the lane with oncoming traffic to avoid your ass (luckily no oncoming traffic was COMING then)!!! How could you not see me? You really need to get your eyes checked!!!!!!!

Gosh can't wait to go back to my homwtown of Atlanta where even though they drive crazy too they at least understand the basics of driving!

16th-Nov-2006 06:12 pm - A Big Thank You.
I would like to personally thank all of the people who, as my car died and i was rapidly losing speed, honked mercilessly as I tried to guide myself to the side of 285. I understand that while I was rapidly slowing down, had my hazards on, and was motioning out the window, I should have been more respectful of your morning commute. I especially liked the part when I had to get out and physically push my car over the last 2 lanes of 285 toward the Ashford-Dunwoody exit and you continued to lay on your horns. I appreciate all the help and motivation... It made the breakdown all the more special.
14th-Nov-2006 04:04 pm - Hybrids and HOV
I was looking at a Toyota Camry Hybrid yesterday and the sales man said that with this car can drive in the HOV lane with only one passenger. I've seen the "AFV OK" signs, but wanted to make sure this was true. I've found this on the books in the Georgia Assembly:

(2) 'Alternative fueled vehicle' means:...A hybrid vehicle, which means a motor vehicle which draws propulsion energy from onboard sources of stored energy which include an internal combustion or heat engine using combustible fuel and a rechargeable energy storage system;...

That would seem to back up the claim. But then I found this on Georgia DOT website:

Currently, hybrid vehicles are not eligible for the Alternate Fuel License Plates.
In addition, as of June 2006, hybrid vehicles may only use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane with two or more passengers.
It goes on to say that the EPA will have to develop a list of vehicles that can qualify for this standard before they can allow them again.

So was he right? Did the EPA release this list yet (since it was planned for this past summer)?
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