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Old 08-24-2014, 05:47 PM   #1
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Offroading in city, bad idea?

What do you do when a golden route presents itself that cuts traffic and driving? Its probably a bad idea but some kid and his dad thought it was awesome.

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To avoid traffic? I'd go for it.

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Old 08-24-2014, 06:10 PM   #3
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I'll be the bad guy here.

If it's not your property and you don't have permission, stay off.

That kind of thing is how people get shot around here.
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I'll be the bad guy here. If it's not your property and you don't have permission, stay off. That kind of thing is how people get shot around here.
lol I couldn't help myself but they did say in the city lol
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Well, that depends on the situation. I have driven over concrete islands, curbs, and other small barriers to get out of traffic but I don't think I was trespassing. Probably the most aggressive one was cutting through a dirt field to get to another road that was not backed up. While I am sure the local LEO would not approve I am sure it was public property.
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Hell ya..I do. In DFW it can save me a half hour of sitting in traffic if I don't get off the highway when the opportunity presents itself.
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It is against the law here. insurance premiums are high enough without the benefit of traffic tickets.
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Hell ya..I do. In DFW it can save me a half hour of sitting in traffic if I don't get off the highway when the opportunity presents itself.
LOL That reminds me, back in high school we were coming back from a cross country meet and there was a ton of traffic around DFW Airport. My coach got tired of waiting on the highway so he drives up a small hill to get off the highway in a 37ft buss. I told him to trade in his corvette for a jeep.
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Well, that depends on the situation. I have driven over concrete islands, curbs, and other small barriers to get out of traffic but I don't think I was trespassing. Probably the most aggressive one was cutting through a dirt field to get to another road that was not backed up. While I am sure the local LEO would not approve I am sure it was public property.
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and set a really bad example for the public.
I wish more LEOs thought that way.
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Wrangler in town Offroading

This can be tough on fences, backyards and windshields.

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This can be tough on fences, backyards and windshields.
I guess his adrenaline was pumping and he didn't have much time to plan his escape. He should have hit the interstate then used his offroad capabilities to hop off onto a service road at a point where normal cars couldn't follow. Instead, he lost a bit of that capability through damage from driving through fences. In the end, the result may have been the same because you can't outrun a radio. And with the chopper above, they could easily relay the subjects position to approaching units.
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I wish more LEOs thought that way.
Yeah...well...I don't abuse my power or demand professional courtesy. I try to not do anything that, if I had caught someone else doing the same thing, I couldn't let them off with a warning. And then there's the letter of the law vs the spirit of the law. The letter of the law says, in my state, I have to have a side mirror. The spirit of the law is safety. How unsafe is it to not have mirrors because you're doorless driving on a couple of rural backroads on the way to a trail ride? I'm a detective now so I don't do a lot of traffic stops. But when I do, I usually go into them planning to give a warning. I can't even remember the last time I've even written a traffic ticket. Hell, I don't even know where my traffic ticket book is at this point.

But I understand your comment. Just like in every profession, there are a$$#*!es. But unlike other professions, you notices the ones with a badge more because they have more power. The idiot at Sears gives you grief about returning someone because you realized it was the wrong thing after you had already opened it. It's a pain to deal with him. The cop, on the other hand, can make you either pay a ticket or take a day off of work and go to court to fight the ticket. Or worse. So you tend to feel that one more.
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Well... had nothing to do with cutting traffic and driving. But...

Once I climbed a hill to get far enough away from traffic because my girlfriend was frisky. The cop didn't think it was amusing because he couldn't climb the hill with his Grand Marquis. By the time he got to the top of the hill on foot he was out of breath and couldn't say much.

Moral of the story... Go where the popo can't roam.

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I watched this while simultaneously thinking "oh.. go up there! No.. don't go there, go over there up that embankment!" and "wow, this guy needs to be stopped before he kills someone".
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I thought the best parts of the video were busting through fences without seeing what's on the other side. I was cheering for a swimming pool or brick BBQ.

I wonder how soon before lumber through the windshield becomes the next Jeep fashion statement.
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I don't worry about using proper exits from parking lots...but that's only when the proper exits aren't where they should be (in my head). Other than that...nope.

I'm one of those guys who can't stand it when people cut through a gas station instead of waiting their turn to turn right.
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When I had my h2 and had to sit in traffic, I would routinely block the shoulder with it's big ass to keep people from passing everyone illegally. It drove me crazy.

Got into a couple of fights doing that.
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This just goes to prove that after the zombie apocalypse we all need ram bars and no-flat tires on our jeeps lol
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Always tempted to make an escape from traffic, but always talk myself out of it. Guess with my luck will result in a ticket. Always think of it as a public service though. That would be one less vehicle in the traffic jam though, right?
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I remember when I had my old 4x4 Patriot Sport, I worked for a manufacturing place in the city where there was a lot of abandoned stuff around. At one point, they had one of the main roads closed off for construction, and you had to go way out of your way on a weird detour if you wanted to reach our other building we owned that was a couple miles away.

I noticed there was this big open area behind the buildings off the main road, though, where they used to have chains and poles set up to prevent driving up there -- but the chains were taken down in a spot. Looked like some construction vehicles had been going through there to clear some more land or something.

So I said, "Hey... I think I can drive across that area and pop out where I need to be on the other side!" and gave it a try during my lunch hour. Would have really sucked if I got stuck, but in 4WD mode, made it through!
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When I had my h2 and had to sit in traffic, I would routinely block the shoulder with it's big ass to keep people from passing everyone illegally. It drove me crazy.

Got into a couple of fights doing that.
I can't stand that crap either. Right lane has a closure and is clearly marked way back and tapers with cones with everyone in the correct lane theres always some prick that runs right up to the last cone to try and squeeze in because he or she is God and they are better then everyone else who merged appropriately. F them!
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I just worry that if I do it once, I'll be more inclined to continue doing it and set a really bad example for the public.
Hey now, what's the point of having that badge if you don't get to jump a few curbs?! Do it for the rest of us

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Well... had nothing to do with cutting traffic and driving. But...
Moral of the story... Go where the popo can't roam.
That is hysterical (& sound advice)!

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When I had my h2 and had to sit in traffic, I would routinely block the shoulder with it's big ass to keep people from passing everyone illegally. It drove me crazy.

Got into a couple of fights doing that.
Good for you - I hate that!

For me it's classic devil vs angel as I stare at the right turn I want to make and the car blocking me from it - usually the angel wins EXCEPT this one time stuck in city traffic I drove two wheels up the curb to squeeze in next to a car that had just cut me off so I could yell at them. In hindsight it was probably not the brightest move, but pregnancy hormones & a Wrangler = a dangerous combo!
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Most municipalities have ordinances that fine you for avoiding a traffic control device by driving through private property.
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LOL That reminds me, back in high school we were coming back from a cross country meet and there was a ton of traffic around DFW Airport. My coach got tired of waiting on the highway so he drives up a small hill to get off the highway in a 37ft buss. I told him to trade in his corvette for a jeep.
The joys of living in Dallas - LBJ Freeway back up for miles and miles going to the airport and you sit there because you are in a sports car and with jealousy watch the trucks get off the freeway - drive across the grass to the access road and get the heck out of the jam! If only I had my wrangler back then!

I lived there back in the days when Plano was out in the boonies and Forrest Lane was the drag!
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I can't stand that crap either. Right lane has a closure and is clearly marked way back and tapers with cones with everyone in the correct lane theres always some prick that runs right up to the last cone to try and squeeze in because he or she is God and they are better then everyone else who merged appropriately. F them!
People have done studies on merging traffic. Traffic merges and flows better if everyone waits until the last cone and then the lanes merge like a zipper, one from one lane then one from the other and repeat. But the big variable in that ideal situation is the cooperation of all the drivers.
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Problem these days is...Every person has a damned cell phone that takes movies and pictures, so they get yer ass on the phone and next thing ya know your on the evening news and if yer 'LUCKY' YOU-TUBE....Then comes the dreaded knock on the door....

Yea those guys that try to cut ya off just to get ahead piss me off too....One night I caught a Porshe 914 trying to cut me off onto an off ramp....(I was going straight, pre-Jeep ) I added a little gas at a time watching in the rear view mirror until that bastard ran out of room to cut in front of me, he ended up taking out a bunch of median bushes going sideways . I laughed all the way home that night and watched for him for a couple weeks, never seen him again ! Two can play that game, nothin worse than no body behind ya for a mile and some ass in the left lane tries to cut ya off instead of pulling in behind ya... "BH"
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I can't stand that crap either. Right lane has a closure and is clearly marked way back and tapers with cones with everyone in the correct lane theres always some prick that runs right up to the last cone to try and squeeze in because he or she is God and they are better then everyone else who merged appropriately. F them!
Merged appropriately? At what point do you feel is appropriate? After all we all need to follow YOUR rules. Merging early actually ends up causing a larger backup. If everyone was courteous and alternated every car as the lanes come together traffic would flow smoothly. Instead there's always that jackass who gets upset if someone gets in front of him.
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There is this traffic light that drives me crazy here at home. It will turn red and about 20 people will just keep going on through it. So, even though your light has turned green about 20 seconds ago, people are still going through the intersection.

Again, when I had the land boat, I'd just muscle on through the intersection and dog DARE any of them to hit me, all with my middle finger stuck out the window most of the time.

Once this ass hat in an s-10 got about 2" from my driver side in the intersection. I totally stopped, and then the line of traffic started going around his other side. So when I finally took off, he had traffic flowing all around him and was totally stuck in the middle of the intersection.

Jerk off.
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Merged appropriately? At what point do you feel is appropriate? After all we all need to follow YOUR rules. Merging early actually ends up causing a larger backup. If everyone was courteous and alternated every car as the lanes come together traffic would flow smoothly. Instead there's always that jackass who gets upset if someone gets in front of him.
So your trying to say that the people who speed up to try to cut everyone off at the last minute, are doing so simply because they are concerned about maintaining the optimal flow of traffic?

You mean they are not sitting in their driver seat thinking to themselves: "I'm too good to actually wait in line like everyone else, so I'm gonna speed up and jump in front of some one so I can get where I'm going faster."?

Wow, I've been totally wrong about people all this time.


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