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Posted: 2/18/2006 6:52:23 PM EDT
I've seen several shows on this over the years, one just now on the Chicken Noodle Network. It's not like there is a flashing light on the cruiser or anything.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:53:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By C-4:
I've seen several shows on this over the years, one just now on the Chicken Noodle Network. It's not like there is a flashing light on the cruiser or anything.




The light gives the drunks something to aim at.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:53:44 PM EDT
While they're driving and have their attention to one side of the road or another, they just tend to drift.

Like moths to a flame..
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:53:48 PM EDT
Target Fixation.


You steer toward what you are staring at.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:54:42 PM EDT
Mind control beams.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:55:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jbombelli:
The light gives the drunks something to aim at.



Are a large percentage of these people found to be drunk? I remember reading in driver's ed that if someone is coming straight at you at night from the oncoming lane that you should pull over and turn your lights off, so I would believe that about drunks.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:55:56 PM EDT
Just like a moth, they are attracted to the lights.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:59:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 7:00:47 PM EDT by weptek911]
Gal that hit me was drunk and probably fixated on the lights. You steer in the direction you are looking. I was out of the car, off-road side, talking to a stranded motorist at the time or I would have been toast.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:01:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Target Fixation.
You steer toward what you are staring at.



what he said. more prevalent in motorcycle riding.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:14:04 PM EDT
Concur mostly drunks, not all. Ask any motorofficer you know, how many times he has been hit when stopped. Usually not by drunks in these cases just fail to stop and wham knock the bike right out from under them.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:21:35 PM EDT
Booze + drugs = crash.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:43:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 7:45:28 PM EDT by GrahamD]
Most of the time the people who crash into parked cars on the side of highways are just sleep deprived. When you see two red lights on at night, its almost impossible to tell if they are stationary or moving in front of you like a normal car traveling at the same rate of speed as you, even when you arent tired or under the influence of something.

ETA: This is why my local department (Im not an LEO) always makes everyone stand on the side of the car facing the road. To stand inbetween two parked cars on the side of the highway is just a bad idea.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:52:16 PM EDT
If you're driving down the road at 65+ mph, with one eye covered with a hand over it, stuff like that is inevitable.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:54:34 PM EDT
Cuz, one way or another, they are stupid.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 7:57:08 PM EDT
When you are talking on your God damn cell phone and putting on makeup, sh!t happens.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 8:09:12 PM EDT
Many moons ago I was working very late shifts and driving home at 2-3 am. I came around a curve that transitioned into two uphill lanes and saw a pair of flashing lights ahead through light fog. No problem- until I saw that it wasn't the two lights on each corner of the car. It was two lights on the left side of the car and the lights on the right were not working. And it wasn't way down the road, like the two lights close together made it seem, it was right there-mostly in my lane. Almost got me.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 8:14:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kc0iwx:
Cuz, one way or another, they are stupid.

+1.


a lot of people shouldn't be driving. soccer moms, mostly. they don't watch where they're going - they don't care. they're too busy worrying about billy's soccer game and the neigborhood ice cream social to pay attention to the road... just like the bitch who slammed into the back of my brother's car(totaled the car, and gave him permanent health problems), just like the bitch that ran my grandfather down while he was walking through a paking lot(broke several of his bones), and the bitches i deal with on a daily basis.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 8:18:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hipster:
Booze + drugs = crash fun.



there i fixed it for you
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 8:27:13 PM EDT

Target Fixation.


You steer toward what you are staring at.


Exactly. Someone locally quoted a GA Tech study that described this phenomenon. The topic came-up with several idiot state lawmakers decided to endanger school kids by passing a law requiring strobe lights on the top of school buses. So the number of buses rear-ended has increased greatly the past few years. Thanks for endangering our children just so a relative of some lawmaker can make money selling and installing strobe lights.z
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 8:52:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 8:55:33 PM EDT by AROptics]
Every object in and around the highway landscape gets struck sooner or later. Closer to the traffic flow = greater frequency of being struck.

By the same logic, driver side approach (when on the right shoulder) also increases the frequency of being struck. Many of those hit on CNN were doing driver's side approach.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:20:18 PM EDT
can someone explain to me why people crash into my parked cars? Three times in less than two years.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 9:20:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 9:22:43 PM EDT by ORinTX]
Can someone explain to me why police park their cars where I need to drive?
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:19:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ORinTX:
Can someone explain to me why police park their cars where I need to drive?



I just want to know why they are always asking me to park in front of them on the roadside.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:23:39 PM EDT
Yeah - its like when you first learn to drive, and you want to use the hood ornament to be your guide, but that just makes you want to start to wander over to that side.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:26:43 PM EDT
Maybe the driver thinks your cute
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 10:32:07 PM EDT
Maybe they should pay more attention to the road then "RUBBERNECKING" and it wouldn't happen as much. I figure its the same reason that people crash into one another opposite a wreck headed the other way.
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