Thursday, April 23, 2015

Men film erratic driver

UPDATE: After a commenter asked what happened to this driver, I did some Googling super legit research and found out. Turns out she actually fell asleep at the wheel after working the midnight shift, although as far as I'm concerned, that only explains some of her erratic driving, although I guess the rest could be attributed to inattentiveness as a result of said sleeping. Please, guys, if you're too exhausted to drive, call someone to give you a ride (like the FACT bus!), get some caffeine in you, or just don't leave where you are if you can help it. If you find yourself falling asleep at the wheel, in addition to the aforementioned suggestions, pull over. It's not worth risking your own or others' lives. Police actually say it's just as bad as drunk driving. The driver will be charged with minor violations.

This is one where you've got to watch the video to really grasp how terrible this driving is.
Two Fayette County men recording a bad driver in front of them are thankful they're not hurt after that driver caused a crash that involved their truck.
I've definitely seen some terrible, dangerous driving both in and out of the Nam, but this has got to be one of the scariest examples I've seen--the driver is weaving between lanes, often crossing over into the opposite lane and coming pretty close to causing an accident...until finally, she did, and the men filming her were involved.

The men suspect she may have been texting, given that she had her phone in her hand afterward, but there's been no official confirmation of this and an investigation is ongoing. It's a real possibility--and remember, texting and driving is incredibly dangerous, as this video proves if that's what was going on--especially considering the way the driver at times seems inattentive...and you think close calls would scare her enough to stop distracted driving. But given that the move which caused the accident in the end was cutting off another driver, I have a feeling we've got a double-whammy of not just distracted diving but reckless, careless driving, too. Look, I know people are impatient. I've had my fair share of angry beeping and shouting because I won't pull out right in front of people and risk an accident, and if you're one of those angry, impatient people, let this be a lesson to you--this is the cost of saving yourself a few seconds.

Now, some commenters have suggested that the men should've called the police. Honestly, of all the times I've seen horrible drivers in action, I never thought of doing that, and don't think I'm in the minority here. The only time it's ever crossed my mind was when it looked like a motorcyclist a few cars ahead of me was standing up on her bike, and that was only because as a kid, my parents called the cops on people pulling similar stunt driving down 119...and then circled around to delight in seeing them pulled over. But after watching this video, especially with a case this impressively bad, maybe we all should consider notifying police. Granted, making the distinction between bad and dangerous driving could get dicey, but I'm sure other motorists, as well as the police, would prefer keeping an eye on the driver rather than showing up to an accident scene later.

One final note on texting and driving, other than don't do it, you dumbasses--if you just can't bear to wait until you're stopped to send that message and you have an iPhone, Siri can do it for you. I'm sure we all know this, but in case you don't, it's very simple. Just hold in your home button until it beeps, tell Siri to text whoever it is you want to text, clearly dictate your text to Siri, ask her to read it to you when you're done and she asks if you'd like to send it, then tell her to send it.


  1. That’s a great reminder, Janelle! Aside from driving under the influence, no one should also text while driving, because you won't have your full attention on the road, which can lead to accidents. I hope that accident will serve a wakeup call for everyone to be careful on the road to think not only for their safety but for other drivers and pedestrians as well.

    Kim E. Hunter

  2. I haven’t had the chance to read about the whole incident, but I hope that the people involved did not get hurt badly. That being said, what became of the swerving driver? Was it confirmed that she was using her phone, and that caused the incident? Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us, Janelle. And also for sharing that nice little tip about using Siri. Take care!

    Modesto Culbertson @ D&Z Law Group

    1. I actually don't know what the situation was with the swerving driver, but I can certainly look into it and provide an update!