Faceplant on my commute this morning (pics)

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by zeeede, May 13, 2013.

  1. Davidc83

    Davidc83 Been here awhile

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    I am always surprised when people who causes accidents want to settle without the police. Here in Indiana, any damage over $200 requires the police to be involved (illegal to do otherwise); and what kind of damage is less than $200-none.
    Any police officer who doesnt cite people for failing to yield right-of-ways should automatically be suspended and lose their jobs. While states are making stronger penalties for right-of-way infractions-means didly-squat if the responding officer does not cite such infractions.
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  2. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Yep, never flash the headlights-- that is ambiguous. In a critical situation, my thumb hits the High Beam switch (with two Halogen driving lights wired in) on it's way to the Horn button. Back when I used to do the "Eye Contact" thing, but have since decided it's more of of a Zen thing. If I don't channel within a couple of microseconds, I'll hit them with the 120dB Stebel Phasers...

    I also have a pair of Amber LED daylight running lamps...

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    But, back to the topic: ride like they can't see you 'cause they don't...

    --Bill
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  3. Davidc83

    Davidc83 Been here awhile

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    I dont know about this; You can get modulating headlights which always modulated during the daylight and are legal in all 50 states by federal law. One of my friend's has one and you can see it coming for a mile, and there is no way you can interpret this as 'go ahead'; now flashing one or 2 times can be misinterpreted.... but not a constant modulating. We have been stopped by law enforcment and informed there is something wrong with the headlight-nope operating normal.
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  4. luni

    luni Non-artic explorer

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    I different tangent on the eye contact thing, drivers texting. The erratic driving, heads obviously in their lap, the occasional head bob as they make sure they're still in their lane. I usually stay behind them until I have an opening and I can get as far away as possible but on to my question.

    Do you guys ever do anything to get their attention? Honk, shout, politely knock on the window at a stop, get in the passenger seat and have a stern discussion on how their conversation is negatively effecting their situational awareness at the possible expense of your health? I'm always tempted. One of the things I like about traveling by bike is the ability to gesticulate and communicate with other people on the road; whether it's a thumbs up to a couple kids glued to their window with giant grins, a friendly wave to someone who gives me the right of way, or pointing at and signaling over the driver doing 65mph in the left lane causing a mile long madly swerving, tailgating maelstrom.
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  5. Cobain

    Cobain night owl

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    Piece of SH!T toyota drivers. haha:rofl
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  6. zeeede

    zeeede Long timer

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    I try to call people out on it whenever possible. If it's a car in the lane next to me at a stoplight and the window's down, I'll just tell them "you know, you really shouldn't text and drive...that's how people like me get killed". I'm always amazed by how many people are on the phone on the highway on my commute home. If I'm passing one and I make eye contact, I do the universal thumb-to-my-ear-pinky-to-my-mouth to imitate a phone and then "hang up" the phone.
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  7. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I also use the Skene module, but with a pair of 800 lumen LED projectors that use Cree diodes. They are VERY noticeable, even in the daytime. They don't really flicker, they just seem to. To me, it's more like a "sparkle". What they really do is strobe at a frequency almost high enough to appear always on because of the persistence of human vision. This is the same effect that makes movies appear to move when they are actually a series of still photos.
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