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Re: Road Crime

Posted: June 16th, 2016, 9:59 am
by seanrichardryan
We'd like to make a big change on Cretin, but thus far have had little support within the halls of city government. Working on it!

Re: Road Crime

Posted: June 16th, 2016, 6:48 pm
by grant1simons2
grant1simons2 wrote:4th Street Southeast!
This happened right as I got home

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Any guesses on how? Black SUV turning? Impact is on the left side of the sedan though...

Re: Road Crime

Posted: June 19th, 2016, 10:46 am
by cond8147
Well the picture shows a large impact on the passenger side of the red sedan. My guess is that the red sedan was headed north onto 35W and the black SUV was headed westbound on 4th St. Looks like after the collision, the red sedan spun clockwise since it was hit slightly toward the rear. Most likely the result of one of the two of them running a red light.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: June 20th, 2016, 10:06 am
by mplser
whoever designed 4th street should be locked up...

Re: Road Crime

Posted: June 20th, 2016, 1:53 pm
by nordeast homer
mplser wrote:whoever designed 4th street should be locked up...
I'm not sure what's difficult about this stretch? Granted, you need to pay attention which is a challenge for the typical Minnesotan lately, but it shouldn't be confusing.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: June 20th, 2016, 10:27 pm
by mplser
wide lane widths and highway-like design creates the false sense of security that one should be able to speed at 45 mph+ through this area, which is a fairly dense residential/commercial area with lots of cyclists and pedestrians. it's criminal.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: June 24th, 2016, 9:21 pm
by seanrichardryan
Case of Hennepin Avenue pedestrian death will test new Minnesota law
Driver faces stiffer charges after running over woman in crosswalk this winter.

http://www.startribune.com/rosemount-ma ... 384341391/

Re: Road Crime

Posted: July 5th, 2016, 7:33 pm
by Anondson
Distracted driving plummeted in Vancouver after fines raised a lot.

http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/news/distr ... -increase/
First-time offenders are now looking at a fine of $543 dollars as well as four demerit points. For the second offence, you’ll be on the hook for more than $800.

If you get caught a third time, the fine can be as much as $1,600. Major offenders could be slapped with fines of approximately $15,000. ...

Re: Road Crime

Posted: July 5th, 2016, 9:39 pm
by matthew5080
Not a bad idea. Whenever I ride the bus to the U I can see just how many drivers are out there texting when driving and it's a bit alarming.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: July 15th, 2016, 7:40 am
by mattaudio
Driving is too dangerous with so many buildings darting out into the road.

Impaired Plymouth woman tested at more than four times the legal limit after crashing into building
http://www.startribune.com/impaired-ply ... 386865431/

Re: Road Crime

Posted: July 15th, 2016, 8:30 am
by Mdcastle
I like the Finnish system where fines for traffic crimes are indexed to a person's income, A Nokia exec getting a $103,600 speeding ticket.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 4th, 2016, 9:45 pm
by Anondson
27-year-old woman charged with using car as a deadly weapon.

http://sailor.mnsun.com/2016/08/04/woma ... rking-lot/

Loaded with "domestic dispute" type stuff you'd find in an episode of Cops, where an ex-girlfriend repeatedly rams her car into the car of her ex-boyfriend driving his new girlfriend. Train wreck funny, but damn.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 16th, 2016, 4:26 pm
by Anondson
For the next two years the state patrol will dedicate six patrol officers to enforcing HOT lane violations.

http://www.startribune.com/state-patrol ... 390361151/

Supposedly 7% of lane users are using it illegally.

You know, the inverse of this I see all the time, when I'm driving alone I see vehicle after vehicle that could be using the lane ... not using it and slugging along in normal traffic with the lane wide open for miles upon miles. I wonder if people who don't use it, but could, don't use it because they're confused how it works, where you enter and exit, and don't want to get stuck in it.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 17th, 2016, 8:17 am
by scottiem
Quick question: I've read a few stories this year harping on the fact that Minnesotans are terrible at using the full length of the extra lane during a merging scenario and that utilizing the full capacity of the extra lane greatly increases the capacity of the road and reduces travel times. Could/should this logic be applied to the HOV lane as well? Would highway traffic be as bad if we were actually using all lanes fully? I mean it's true: three/four lanes of stop-and-go and one lane completely free and clear. There's got to be a better medium between all this wasted space and providing efficient bus/hov travel.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 17th, 2016, 8:35 am
by EOst
In the short term, if HOV lanes were made general-purpose, you'd have four lanes of stop-and-go traffic that lasted a shorter period of time. But in the longer term you'd simply run into induced demand again, and stop-and-go would last just as long as it did before, but now buses would be trapped in it.

The truth is that highway traffic here just isn't that bad, relatively speaking. In places like Los Angeles or DC with much worse congestion, the HOV lanes get far higher use. So high, in fact, that they end up gridlocked a good percentage of the time as well.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 17th, 2016, 8:57 am
by mattaudio
If anything, I think we should be moving towards a 2 lane HOV configuration on many highways where we've expanded to a 3+HOV config (such as 35E north of DT St. Paul, or I-94 between the downtowns would be a good candidate).

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 18th, 2016, 11:46 am
by Mdcastle
So we can have two nearly empty lanes instead of one?

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 18th, 2016, 12:19 pm
by mattaudio
Precisely, since then people can decide if they wish to pay for the privilege of high speed vehicular travel at any time of day.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 20th, 2016, 10:40 am
by Anondson
Controversial "lane-splitting" by motorcyclists is now legal in California.

http://www.mercurynews.com/california/c ... orcyclists

I was assured by California residents that it had been legal before now.

Re: Road Crime

Posted: August 21st, 2016, 11:15 am
by Didier
From my experience, many drivers don't realize the HOV lanes are only restricted for parts of the day.