Internet Amused By Woman Who Drove Off Shoulder Straight Into Police Car

While some people take the rules of the road with a grain of salt, a tractor-trailer driver recently took matters into his own hands, and it put a reckless driver in a bad spot.

A tractor-trailer driver with the Reddit username “fmintar1” posted to the “Malicious Compliance” forum on Tuesday about a “Karen” who seemed determined to use the shoulder lane of a freeway to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The poster said the traffic jam happened on a dual carriageway after an accident occurred and traffic was “crawling”. It was then that he saw a “regular” vehicle pass in front of him to his right, in the shoulder lane usually reserved for police or emergency vehicles.

A woman who allegedly used the shoulder lane of a highway during a traffic jam crashed into a police vehicle.
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When a few other drivers attempted to replicate the original vehicle, the tractor-trailer driver decided to partially move into the shoulder a bit to keep passers-by away. At that time, he occupied two lanes with his platform.

A police car was located a little up the road on the shoulder, he added.

“I got a few honks but I don’t care,” he wrote. “If I suffer in a traffic jam, everyone else should too. The shoulder is not for passing. Until I see flashing lights behind me, I will not open this shoulder. We crawl anyway.”

Then, he started hearing “very annoying and repetitive horns” on his left side and saw a woman with huge sunglasses and a ponytail. She would have leaned on her seat, shouting after the semi-conductor, “looking outraged”.

The two individuals rolled down their windows and had an exchange that boiled down to the driver of the tractor-trailer telling the woman not to drive on the shoulder, although the woman in question maintained that it was legal to use this way.

Recalling the idle police car, the driver said he let the woman cut in front of him so she could use the shoulder, but she knew nothing about the police car.

“What I didn’t take into account was Karen’s aggressiveness behind the wheel,” the semiconductor wrote. “She cut the corner so fast without looking and ended up hitting the cruiser. It was so abrupt that I can [sic] hear the crash loud enough. I can also tell that the driver in front of me was also gasping in shock.”

He said he had “never seen an officer” get out of his vehicle so quickly, telling the woman to get out of her vehicle while shouting that the shoulder was reserved for emergencies. The woman seemed quite flustered, he added, as he continued to drive.

The poster stated that his company did not use dash cams. He also said he didn’t realize that some emergency vehicles didn’t have flashing lights, in turn learning his own lesson.

When contacted by Newsweekthe tractor-trailer driver said he had nothing to add to his story except for the others “not to lock your shoulder anymore”.

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A tractor-trailer driver inadvertently played a role in a woman crashing into the back of a police cruiser while driving illegally on the road. Above, on Monday, March 25, 2019, cars and trucks drive on Interstate 5 near Olympia, Washington. which semi-rear of other vehicles.
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Redditors shared their own stories of driving angst, including some getting angry at others on the road. “Life is too short, let idiots be idiots,” one of them summed up.

“I drive for me, to keep me safe and to take me wherever I go when I arrive,” they said. “So they’re breaking all the rules to move ahead a few milliseconds, that’s not my problem. I’ll still get where I’m going in time.”

“I know others have mentioned this, but please don’t watch the shoulder, let the pros deal with it,” another person said. “You never know when it’s going to be someone with real urgency and not just a jerk.”

Laws regarding shoulder riding vary from state to state.

In 2019, a Massachusetts lawmaker proposed extending trips on a particular shoulder lane by one hour each in the morning and evening to ease congestion. He cited a traffic study that found rush hour traffic in Boston was worse than New York and Los Angeles, according to Salem News.

Texas would allow drivers to use the shoulders in certain circumstances, including when stopping, standing, or parking the vehicle; accelerate before entering the traffic lane; slow down before a right turn; or to avoid a collision, ABC13 reported.

In 2017, MLive reported that when asked if drivers could pass onto the right shoulder of a two-lane road when another vehicle was turning left, a Michigan State Police trooper replied that it is not allowed, especially if it is a gravel shoulder. , as is customary on many national roads.

As for motorcycles, a law firm says shoulder riding is illegal “in the vast majority of the United States.”

Last fall, road deaths were reported to have reached a 15-year high, attributed to the pandemic and spikes in reckless driving.

In January, Pete Buttigieg outlined a plan to tackle road deaths as a steep rise was expected.

And in February, new federal guidelines allowed states to use billions of dollars in federal highway funds to implement road safety measures such as speed cameras.