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Posted: 9/26/2005 2:28:30 AM EDT
I just got into Houston from Texarcana. I left there at 6pm and got here at 5 am. Things would go smoother if drivers would learn how to be curtious. By the time I got to the motel here, I was plumm wore out. Hell, I got too tired to continue running jagg offs off the road. Come on people, the shoulder isnt a traffic lane. Hopefully I might get to see a looter a little later.Anyone else have a merry time on 45 cutting off rude drivers that were trying to speed along on the shoulder? Well, I gotta sleep.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 2:45:53 AM EDT
I'm the type of jack ass that straddles the right land and emergancy lane so other people cant use the emergancy lane as a lane. Its a pet peeve of mine! I cant stand it when they do that. My other pet peeve is when people with brand new cars or expensive cars take up 3 parking spots. I usually park as close as possable w/o hitting it. Infact If i have nothing better to do that day i willl park so close that i have to exit my passenger side door. yea its a little extra work, but its fun watching the guy in the new BMW get in his passenger side then crawl around to the driver side.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 7:33:47 AM EDT
Is driving on the shoulder illegal???

§ 545.058. DRIVING ON IMPROVED SHOULDER. (a) An
operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the right of the main
traveled portion of a roadway if that operation is necessary and may
be done safely, but only:
(1) to stop, stand, or park;
(2) to accelerate before entering the main traveled
lane of traffic;
(3) to decelerate before making a right turn;
(4) to pass another vehicle that is slowing or stopped
on the main traveled portion of the highway, disabled, or preparing
to make a left turn;
(5) to allow another vehicle traveling faster to pass;
(6) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(7) to avoid a collision.
(b) An operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the
left of the main traveled portion of a divided or limited-access or
controlled-access highway if that operation may be done safely, but
only:
(1) to slow or stop when the vehicle is disabled and
traffic or other circumstances prohibit the safe movement of the
vehicle to the shoulder to the right of the main traveled portion of
the roadway;
(2) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(3) to avoid a collision.
(c) A limitation in this section on driving on an improved
shoulder does not apply to:
(1) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to a
call;
(2) a police patrol; or
(3) a bicycle.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 8:04:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 8:05:51 AM EDT by bigsapper]

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:
Is driving on the shoulder illegal???

§ 545.058. DRIVING ON IMPROVED SHOULDER. (a) An
operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the right of the main
traveled portion of a roadway if that operation is necessary and may
be done safely, but only:
(1) to stop, stand, or park;
(2) to accelerate before entering the main traveled
lane of traffic;
(3) to decelerate before making a right turn;
(4) to pass another vehicle that is slowing or stopped
on the main traveled portion of the highway, disabled, or preparing
to make a left turn;
(5) to allow another vehicle traveling faster to pass;
(6) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(7) to avoid a collision.
(b) An operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the
left of the main traveled portion of a divided or limited-access or
controlled-access highway if that operation may be done safely, but
only:
(1) to slow or stop when the vehicle is disabled and
traffic or other circumstances prohibit the safe movement of the
vehicle to the shoulder to the right of the main traveled portion of
the roadway;
(2) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(3) to avoid a collision.
(c) A limitation in this section on driving on an improved
shoulder does not apply to:
(1) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to a
call;
(2) a police patrol; or
(3) a bicycle.



Wow, while not necessarily a pet peeve, I don't like it when people do that. Guess it's ok?

ETA: I'm assuming you're quoting Texas Traffic code here.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:44:39 PM EDT
To respond to your question...
Yes...yes they are!
I drive it everyday I'm not 'in-country' and the overall stupidity level seems to be on the rise.
That being said, there are worse places in the world to drive. I tell myself that alot when I'm on I-45
Oilfieldtrash - over and out...
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 3:06:07 PM EDT
§ 545.058 is in fact part of the Texas Traffic code...
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 4:34:47 PM EDT
I just traveled I 45 last night around Houston between 7pm and 10pm, had no trouble at all. Average speed about 75 mph. But then I was running north bound towards DFW, and there was no traffic going my way. The south bound lanes were solid bumper to bumper for as far as the eye could see.

There were also numerous wrecks and stalls too... fullclip
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 9:54:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bigsapper:

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:
Is driving on the shoulder illegal???

§ 545.058. DRIVING ON IMPROVED SHOULDER. (a) An
operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the right of the main
traveled portion of a roadway if that operation is necessary and may
be done safely, but only:
(1) to stop, stand, or park;
(2) to accelerate before entering the main traveled
lane of traffic;
(3) to decelerate before making a right turn;
(4) to pass another vehicle that is slowing or stopped
on the main traveled portion of the highway, disabled, or preparing
to make a left turn;
(5) to allow another vehicle traveling faster to pass;
(6) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(7) to avoid a collision.
(b) An operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the
left of the main traveled portion of a divided or limited-access or
controlled-access highway if that operation may be done safely, but
only:
(1) to slow or stop when the vehicle is disabled and
traffic or other circumstances prohibit the safe movement of the
vehicle to the shoulder to the right of the main traveled portion of
the roadway;
(2) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(3) to avoid a collision.
(c) A limitation in this section on driving on an improved
shoulder does not apply to:
(1) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to a
call;
(2) a police patrol; or
(3) a bicycle.



Wow, while not necessarily a pet peeve, I don't like it when people do that. Guess it's ok?

ETA: I'm assuming you're quoting Texas Traffic code here.



You would prefer that they slowed down in front of you before making a right turn?

I always thought it was better that they got off the road and made their turn. I'm sure that they can turn their vehicle without me watching.
Link Posted: 9/27/2005 1:31:13 PM EDT
I just went through Texarkana yesterday on my way back to houston......you ain't lyin', what a bunch of shit heads. My wife and I were almost killed a couple times by jerk-offs speeding past on the shoulder and then cutting in front of us. People really suck sometimes
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 9:54:00 AM EDT
General rules of "safe" driving...
1) All other drivers on the road you are on are asshats.
2) "They" all want to kill you.
3) Rules are made to be bent and broken. (especially traffic laws and customs)
4) No matter how many asshats you see, there will always be one who is way more stupid than the rest,
and he or she is seeking your bumper or fender to take off as another trophy to display to prove just
how stupid they are.
5) The more crowded the roadway, the stupider "they" get.

Feel free to add your own rules of thumb, if I missed any......
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 10:30:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 338winmag:

You would prefer that they slowed down in front of you before making a right turn?

I always thought it was better that they got off the road and made their turn. I'm sure that they can turn their vehicle without me watching.



Link Posted: 9/28/2005 1:33:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bigsapper:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:

You would prefer that they slowed down in front of you before making a right turn?

I always thought it was better that they got off the road and made their turn. I'm sure that they can turn their vehicle without me watching.




I never said anything about moveing to the right to make a turn. Im mad about the drivers that are 30 cars back that whip over to the shoulder, accellerate to 70mph, then cut in front of you causing you to have to lock up your brakes to keep from hitting them, just to get rearended by the semi behind you. BIG F'ING DIFFERENCE
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 1:39:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:
Is driving on the shoulder illegal???

§ 545.058. DRIVING ON IMPROVED SHOULDER. (a) An
operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the right of the main
traveled portion of a roadway if that operation is necessary and may
be done safely, but only:
(1) to stop, stand, or park;
(2) to accelerate before entering the main traveled
lane of traffic;
(3) to decelerate before making a right turn;
(4) to pass another vehicle that is slowing or stopped
on the main traveled portion of the highway, disabled, or preparing
to make a left turn;
(5) to allow another vehicle traveling faster to pass;
(6) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(7) to avoid a collision.
(b) An operator may drive on an improved shoulder to the
left of the main traveled portion of a divided or limited-access or
controlled-access highway if that operation may be done safely, but
only:
(1) to slow or stop when the vehicle is disabled and
traffic or other circumstances prohibit the safe movement of the
vehicle to the shoulder to the right of the main traveled portion of
the roadway;
(2) as permitted or required by an official
traffic-control device; or
(3) to avoid a collision.
(c) A limitation in this section on driving on an improved
shoulder does not apply to:
(1) an authorized emergency vehicle responding to a
call;
(2) a police patrol; or
(3) a bicycle.



That is all fine and well, but not what I was talking about. It IS illegal to move over to the shoulder, accelerate up, pass moving traffic, and cutting back in to said moving traffic, nearly causing multiple wrecks. If you dont believe me, try passing the next Trooper that you come upon driving 50 in a 70 by pulling onto the shoulder, accellerating, then cut him off causing him to lock up his brakes.........Then feel free to quote to him how such a manuever is legal.
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