Originally Posted by btm757
... I tend to stop on the side of the road to help people out and have almost been ran over many times because the flashers dont draw enough attention to the idiot drivers... Plus if im stopped on the side of the road with ambers going its the law to slow down or move over...
I stopped at a accident one night that was blocking the far right lane at a stop light the guy had severe frontal damage the intersection was not lit very well and his electrical was not working so his black car was in the dark. I stopped and no one had called the police yet so I called, took them almost 45 mins to respond. and in that time used my last flare while I waited and I had my flashers going. Speed limit was 45mph and I counted about 6 cars that came very close to rear ending me.
That is one of the many instances I used to justify getting some lights to grab peoples attention...
Illegal and hazardous.
i'll try and keep it brief for the sake of thread drift but this is just one of my pet peeves.
other drivers have no idea what white flashing strobes are on the side of the road. if your doing it for hazard avoidance, amber would be a logical choice. still illegal unless your a tow truck or other emergency vehicle.
while i agree ppl are generally retarded on the road...
if you distract drivers it only increases your chances of getting struck. ie cop cars, tow trucks getting rear ended... its human nature to drift into what your looking at or whats distracting you. Its a natural physiological reflex, this is a fact.
I was driving the NJ Turnpike to work the other morning, there was a ford focus with out of state plates driving the highway with white strobe flashing in his tail lights. If i didnt have better things to do i would have called the police. actually my GF talked me out of it. Its dangerous.
never underestimate the power of stupidity. im not talking about you with your strobes, im talking about how others will react and those consequences.
if you stop to help another driver, call the cops, and he pulls up while your strobes are flashing away on your civilian vehicle, in the shoulder of a public road, your getting a ticket.
okay okay, rant off, group hug.. sorry :) flame suit zippered up.