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Egging drivers who use the emergency lane. Good idea or bad?(18 posts)

Egging drivers who use the emergency lane. Good idea or bad?Kristin
Sep 30, 2003 6:38 AM
I just need to vent. Yesterday I had the unwelcome opportunity to take the Ike eastbound into Oak Park during rush hour. I haven't been on that highway since they spent billions of dollars to remove the "hillside strangler." Now that was money well spent!! So I'm sitting on the new and improved highway which is now backed up 3 miles to the merger. When I am not stopped, I am rolling at 5 mph. This is just great. I've got my bike in the back and consider abandoning my car. I'm making this entire trip just to return a saddle. As if things weren't bad enough, bozo's keep barrelling down the emergency lane. It seems to me that their sole purpose in life is just to piss me off. So I'm thinking, "Next time I have to be here, at this time, I'm packing." It might take some practice, but I'm a good aim.
Is it legal?TJeanloz
Sep 30, 2003 6:50 AM
On most of the highways around Boston, travel in the breakdown lane is permitted at certain hours and when traffic is backed up. It annoys me, even though its legal. Regardless, egging them is probably a bad idea.
Not legal in Illinois..........big fine, if caught....nmMR_GRUMPY
Sep 30, 2003 6:57 AM
Not illegal? I believe that it is illegal.Kristin
Sep 30, 2003 7:17 AM
Without taking the time to look it up at this moment, how can there be a fine for something that's not illegal?
Nevermind. Kristin's having frontal lobe issues today. nmKristin
Sep 30, 2003 7:17 AM
No comments from the peanut gallery.
Read slower (nm)53T
Sep 30, 2003 7:18 AM
goodmohair_chair
Sep 30, 2003 7:02 AM
A few points:

1. Obviously those drivers are far more important to you. I'm sure every single one of them is on their way to the emergency room because of a life threatening condition. And some of them are probably rap or hip hop stars, who always get priority. You never know when J-Lo might be coming by.

2. If I'm on the road and the traffic report says "three mile backup," I get off. The only way I don't get off is if there are no exits. I could raise a family in the time it takes to get through a three-mile backup.

3. Throw your eggs from the driver side window. Roll down the window and lob them over the car. That way, it's almost impossible for your target to see you do it (and get you to pay for any damage). Timing is key. If you practice, you can get pretty good at it.
Point takenKristin
Sep 30, 2003 7:26 AM
I was trying to get off the highway, but you must merge with 2 oncoming lanes (into one) before you get to the exit. So you're saying if I can't beat 'em, join 'em?

I will try not to egg Eminem if I see him, he's at least a good lyricist. I will try to egg J-Lo twice if I can. Thanks for the tip of lobbing over. I garantee I would have tried to aim through the open passenger window, which I would certainly have missed and egged the inside of my own car.

(Hey, totally off topic. Did I read a long time ago that you bought an L series wagon?? How is it for space? Impressions? I love my L200 sedan, but I'm thinking of getting something bigger next time around. I've had the car a year and I'm shopping around already. What the hell is wrong with me?)
Point takenmohair_chair
Sep 30, 2003 7:42 AM
Don't practice the lob with real eggs. If you come up short, you end up with egg on your roof. By the way, I also meant important THAN you, not TO you.

I have an LW300, which I mostly like. The interior (the seating space) is basically the same size as the L-series sedans, but obviously there's a lot more room in back. I put the seats down and can put my bike inside (road or mountain) without taking it apart.

My biggest gripe with the car is the rear trunk/hatch latch. I just don't understand the logic of it. There's a button on the keychain thing that is supposed to unlock it, but half the time it won't, unless you press it about six times. Plus, there is some logic built in where after you turn off the engine, within some amount of time, you can open it without the key. Also, when you first unlock the car, there is a time period where you can open the hatch without the key. In short, half the time it works, half the time it doesn't. It's maddening. Saturn told me it was a "security measure," and left it at that, which now makes me think it's part of the Patriot Act. Tired of all the cursing and spitting, I've gotten in the habit of using the key to open the hatch, like we did way back in the old days. It's 100% reliable.
Allow me to commiserate with youKristin
Sep 30, 2003 8:18 AM
Saturns security sucks. It sounds like your trunk is different than mine, but we have the security issues. I went to Saturnalia and discovered that not many people like Saturn's remote. Its got crappy range, which gets even crappier when it rains. And sometimes you have to hold it at various angles to get it to work. Weirdness.
I would think that your trunk would lick immediatly if you activated the alarm by double-clicking the lock button on the remote. (My clicker is really finiky too. Sometimes i have to hit it 4 or 5 times to get the horn to sound.) For me, the most irritating is when I forget to disable the security before going into the truck and setting off the panic alarm. The other people in the parking lot look at you and think, "What an idiot." After having this car, would you buy another? I'm trying to decide on the Outback or the Saturn LW.
glad it isn't just me!mohair_chair
Sep 30, 2003 8:34 AM
I've done the open the trunk before unlocking thing too. It's not fun when your car starts honking for no reason at 530 AM!!!

Would I buy another? Hmmm. Cars to me have always been tools, not extensions of my personality. So, from a purely functional standpoint, it's basically what I was looking for and I'd have to say yes, but not with much enthusiasm. For small wagons, not including the luxury price range (i.e., Audi), the choices are few, and I think the Saturn rises to the top. I also considered the various Suburus, but they were all smaller and pricier.
here's what you needDougSloan
Sep 30, 2003 10:28 AM
no more worries about where to put the bikes -- Element: http://www.hondacars.com/models/model_overview.asp?ModelName=Element&bhcp=1&BrowserDetected=True
How about this vehicle?4bykn
Oct 1, 2003 12:28 PM
I personally recommend the Mitsubishi Endeavor. I'll build one for you tomorrow(along with the other 400+ cars we build). Heck, we'll even install a DVD player. And before you ask: no, I can't help with the payments.
so why weren't you riding your bike?DougSloan
Sep 30, 2003 7:11 AM
Kidding. I don't ride around for most errands, either.

Don't throw anything from the car. It could be littering, battery (if it hits someone), and criminal negligence -- what if it scares someeone and they wreck (and injure or kill someone). Plus, if they are a minority, it will likely be deemed a hate crime. ;-)

Doug
I don't ride from Aurora to Oak Park in rush hour at sunset.Kristin
Sep 30, 2003 7:20 AM
28 miles each way.
Please don't throw food. But if you do, judge for wind, velocity128
Sep 30, 2003 7:46 AM
and intended victim- at 5 mph you don't want to piss off a Libertarian, say, or some Holy Rolling PETA type who don't take too kindly to lobbing chicken embryos across solid white lines.

I'd suggest paint balls or Mountain Dew bottles....

:)
re: "Pack" your Digital Camera or Vid Camjrm
Sep 30, 2003 2:53 PM
Just make sure to get nice clear shots of the offenders cars and plates. Then do a quick write up describing the location, time and date. But most importantly describe how this behavior is dangerous to the parents, children and golden retreivers of all those law abiding drivers stuck in traffic. Then send a set to a local TV station, the State Highway Dept. the governors office and the best crack pipe traffic avocate group you can get your hands on. That might get the ball rollin..
Ugh. That sounds like work. I'd rather play with eggs. nmKristin
Oct 1, 2003 6:29 AM