Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Go Speed Racer Go!

 Football season may be over but tailgating season is never over on I-220.

Yours truly was driving on I-220 today around 5:15 when Speed Racer came up behind me.  I was driving at nearly 80 mph but that apparently wasn't fast enough to suit him because tailgated me no matter how fast I drove.  Exercising some prudence over valor, I moved over and watched him speed away.  Speed matching showed he was doing 85 mph or more as he drove with his hazard lights flashing.  He proceeded to tailgate every vehicle in front of him.  When I say tailgate, I mean tailgate

Go Speed Racer. 


Anonymous said...

Capitol Bodyshop wrecker?

Anonymous said...

Jam on breaks and hope the MF has insurance.

Anonymous said...

Doesn’t matter how fast you were going.
Left lane is the passing lane. Get out of the passing lane if you aren’t passing someone. It is the law now.
If you make people pass you on the right then you are a total dipshit.

Anonymous said...

A few months ago MDOT put the message “CAMP IN THE STATE PARKS NOT THE PASSING LANE” on their traffic information signs.

I guess you missed that one since you were camping in the passing lane.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they was in a hurry? That lunch at Cock of the Walk in Pocahauntus is worth tailgating for.

Anonymous said...

I am amazed, I know I shouldn't be, at the drivers that will operate commercial vehicles like there's a fire to get to. Also amazed at the employers that are willing to risk insurance cost as well as possible personal assets risk. Where are the Mogans/Schwartzies?

Head and Shoulders said...

I call those damn things "Razor Wreckers". Imagine rear ending one or even worse being behind one and getting rear ended. That horizontal steel deck hanging over the rear of the truck is like a damn razor blade.....at windshield height. I stay away from them. You should also.

Anonymous said...

Passing or overtaking is not a valid reason to exceed the speed limit. I'm sure MSHP would find the excuse of "I'm sorry officer I was passing in the left lane" amusing.

Anonymous said...

Why camp out in the inside lane/

Anonymous said...

I'm with KF on this one. I get tired of going left-right-left-right...
If no one is in the left lane, use it. If some cat wants to drive 90 he can flash his lights and I'll slide over.

That being said, Capital Body Shop charged me $750 to haul my daughter's car two exits. If they get sued, please put me on that jury.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 7:38pm and 7:42pm. I don’t give a shit if you’re going 180, gtfo of the left lane unless you are ACTIVELY passing someone.

Anonymous said...

Then you and KF are both wrong. Get your ass out of the way, geezer!

Anonymous said...

You aren’t the law. It isn’t your place to impede traffic by camping in the passing lane. GTFO of the lane!

Anonymous said...

that why it's called a passing lane and not a 85 MPH lane. Drive it when passing only.

Anonymous said...

Get past the speed and focus on the other asshat attitudes of anybody that drives a vehicle with a yellow light bar on top. Flashing those lights whenever and wherever they are going, for whatever reason - including getting to the Cock of the Walk for some catfish.

Those lights are annoying, particularly at night, and in poor weather. But because they have them, guess it makes the testosterone level increase of the big burly driver when he can drive down the interstate with them flashing. (If headed to a bad ass wreck, ok. But when driving 60 on I-55 for miles with the flashing, hell no.)

Anonymous said...

Doesn’t matter how fast you were going.
Left lane is the passing lane. Get out of the passing lane if you aren’t passing someone. It is the law now.
If you make people pass you on the right then you are a total dipshit."

AMEN to that.

And, "A few months ago MDOT put the message 'CAMP IN THE STATE PARKS NOT THE PASSING LANE' on their traffic information signs."

I sent them that one.

Anonymous said...

Aside from the lane argument (which really doesn’t matter), that douche was tailgating. Tailgating is incredibly dangerous and that driver should be reported to his employer.

Anonymous said...

@9:38pm - Actually it does matter. He wouldn’t be tailgating if people would GET OUT OF THE LEFT LANE.

Anonymous said...

You goobers who are saying the left lane is only for passing are wrong. If that were the case, there'd be virtually nobody in that lane. The right lane is for 'slower moving traffic' and that's exactly what the signs say, "Slower moving traffic keep right". The left lane is NOT simply for those who wish to exceed the speed limit.

Too many wrecker drivers are concrete-cowboys. They think if their hazards are on, they're above the law. There are specific situations during which they can and should activate their hazard lights. Speeding for the sake of hauling ass is not one of them. Regardless of his reason for speeding, tailgating is never legal even for an emergency vehicle.

Anonymous said...

1:57 a.m. here again. Tow trucks can use hazard lights when AT the scene or when responding to or leaving the scene (with a vehicle in tow or on board) of an emergency. NOT when hauling ass down the highway for any other purpose. Tailgating, regardless of the reason or who is doing it is illegal. Period. It doesn't matter who's in a hurry or who is in which lane or who is going faster or slower. And it matters not what you think about who ought to be in which lane.


Anonymous said...

Travelers passing through Mississippi immediately notice 2 things on Mississippi’s Interstate Highways.

-The Trash on the side of the road
-And idiot drivers like 7:35am who justify their outdated driving skills because “everyone else does it”

Hey 1:57AM, You are supposed to use a turn signal too but few people in Mississippi do it. Does that mean it is okay? No

Anonymous said...

@7:35, as a NASCAR fan myself, you better get out of my way or i will not only tailgate you, i will give you a tap with my brushuard too

Anonymous said...

Mississippi Code § 63-3-603. Driving on roadways laned for traffic.


(a) A vehicle shall not be driven in the outermost left lane of any roadway with two (2) or more lanes allowing for movement of traffic in the same direction except when:

(i) Overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;

(ii) The right lane(s) of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;

(iii) The right lane(s) of the roadway is in disrepair or in an otherwise impassable or unsafe condition; or

(iv) A vehicle is preparing to exit the roadway on the left.

(b) A vehicle shall not be driven continuously in the outermost left lane of a multi-lane roadway whenever it impedes the flow of other traffic.

Anonymous said...

Move your slow butt out of the fast lane!

Anonymous said...

This is a no brainer. Stay in the right lane. WTFs the matter with you? This appears to be a case of you being passive-aggressive. That's a good way to get shot in the town that you refuse to leave.

Anonymous said...

Riding in the left lane when not passing while another vehicle is overtaking you is illegal.

The code says nothing about “tailgating” being illegal

It wholly matters, as to the law, that one does not impede any traffic by simply riding in the inside lane

Kingfish said...

That passing law is not a license to drive 90 mph down the highway either.

Hell, its not like I was driving slow either. This guy was just driving like a damn fool. I passed other cars, I just wasn't moving fast enough for someone who wanted to go 20 mph over the speed limit. He didn't have the yellow lights on, just the hazards. I DID move over for him after he tried to run me off the damn road. He proceeded to get on the bumper of every vehicle in front of him after passing me. Probably the worst tailgating I've ever seen on a highway. Capitol Body Shop must be proud of their driver trying to bring in new business.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter. Stay out of the left lane unless you're actively passing another vehicle.

Anonymous said...

I use my cruise control and move over for drivers that come up from behind regardless of the speed. That being said the first time the same driver gets ahead of me and slows down where I can't pass, I get ahead of them and never move over again.

Anonymous said...

Back in my younger days when I was sure that I was immortal, I would pass left lane slow drivers on the right, then get in front of them and slow down even slower than they were driving - thus forcing them into the right lane to pass me. When they attempted to pass, I would speed up to regular left lane speed and they would generally remain in the right lane where they belonged.

Anonymous said...

Get out of the left lane grandpa. If people were grab assing in the left lane he should have been on their tailgates. He's driving a wrecker with hazard lights on. Get out of the way.

Anonymous said...

April 20th at 7:27am is the type of moron that gets people killed. Hit your brakes? They are brakes, not breaks by the way. I am always alert for idiots like you, but that doesnt mean everyone is. Here's to hoping you don't get killed or kill. Just move.

Anonymous said...

I always get outta the way of the people who want to run faster than me and find the sheriff or the state trooper first. They always seem to want that ticket more than me.

Anonymous said...

I pay taxes for both sides of the road and I will travel in either lane as I see fit. The "passing code" does not give anyone permission to to go 20+ over the limit just because the lane is open.

Anonymous said...

I pay taxes for law enforcement to enforce all laws, including the one that states one can’t simply travel in the left lane. I don’t pay you to attempt go enforce the laws yourself by you breaking the law

Anonymous said...

@10:15am - You paying taxes doesn’t give you the right to break the law. Good lord.

This is why Mississippi can’t have nice things. Too many self entitled morons.

I PaY TaXeS fOr BoTh SiDeS oF tHe RoAd herpaderp

Anonymous said...

Mississippi Code Title 63. Motor Vehicles & Traffic Regulations § 63-3-601. Keeping to right;  exceptions

Upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:

1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;

2. When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;

3. Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon;  or

4. Upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic."

Mississippi Code Title 63. Motor Vehicles & Traffic Regulations § 63-3-619. Tailgating

(1) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.

(2) The driver of any motor truck or motor truck drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district shall not follow within three hundred feet of another motor truck or motor truck drawing another vehicle.  The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent overtaking and passing nor shall the same apply upon any lane specially designated for use by motor trucks.

Anonymous said...

Right lane is for normal drivers, Left lane is for criminals.

Anonymous said...

@10:15am thinks he can pick and choose which laws to obey on the road because he "pays taxes oN tWo LaNeS"?

Do you apply that same entitled attitude to drivers who opt out of the 'Don't drink and drive' law?

They also (likely) pay taxes on both lanes.

Which laws matter and which ones are just suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Blogger Kingfish said...
That passing law is not a license to drive 90 mph down the highway either.

AMEN! You do not have the right to speed. If you think you do, then I have the right to slow your ass down and save everybody else on the road.

Also, this sounds like the definition of an interstate or divided highway:

"4. Upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic." https://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-63-motor-vehicles-traffic-regulations/ms-code-sect-63-3-601.html"

Anonymous said...

Accidents back up traffic and cause secondary accidents. Crash reconstructionists can actually calculate the number of secondary fatal accidents you will have based on a particular road and time traffic is stopped. It is literally a matter of life and death to get the road cleared as quickly as possible, and it is completely conceivable that this wrecker had a legitimate reason to be in a hurry.

Or, he might not have. The point is, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHY THE PERSON BEHIND YOU IS IN A HURRY, and that's why there is a law which makes it a crime to impede the flow of traffic by obstructing the passing lane. If the driver is speeding without a good reason, that's between him and the trooper. Unless you can read the mind of the other driver and/or have a badge, you should follow the law and stay out of the left lane.

Anonymous said...

@11:07 - "then I have the right to slow your ass down and save everybody else on the road."

Please post that section of the Mississippi Code.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love these dumbass would-be Nascar tire-crew members who think the fault is on the guy being tailgated. Wreckless driving will cover tailgating. You also won't find 'driving with your feet instead of your hands on the wheel' to be a reference in the law, but try that, dumbass.

At least six posters, above, no doubt drive with both hands firmly wrapped around the wheel, white-knuckled, red faced, about to blow a farkin' vein. Those clowns are ripe for a stroke.

Anonymous said...

12:19- Your comment may be the most illogical and idiotic post on this thread.

“Tailgating is OK if the guy in front of you is not going as fast as you think he should”

I am guessing you have made a LOT not bad decisions in life.

Anonymous said...

12:05 - I’m pretty sure 12:19 didn’t say tailgating is okay, only that it would be a lot less likely to happen if you would get out of the left lane if you are not doing one of the things that 63-3-601 specifies the left lane to be used for. I generally don’t see tailgating happening in the right lane, you know, because those that may do it can go around you in the left lane. Of course this is assuming you aren’t Mexican roadblocking the interstate “passing” someone going .001 mph faster. A combination of our majority ignorant population, plus “important people” that have to speed everywhere, plus road rage, and we’re all more at risk of wrecks.

Just move the hell over and let them go. Not saying it’s right, but at least they get on by and cause less wrecks. Let the HP enforce the law, yOu PaY tHeIR sAlArIeS wItH yOuR tAxEs after all. Why are you trying to do their job for free?

Anonymous said...

9:46 says "...I use my cruise control and move over for drivers that come up from behind regardless of the speed."

While he 'says' he moves over, others don't. There's an entire fleet of a$$hats out there who set their cruise... end up in the left lane and stay there for miles & miles believing they control the situation.

I'm convinced that's a major cause of most of the road rage on highways.

Anonymous said...

seems to me, the law doesn't say it's illegal for me to drive in the left lane unless i am impeding traffic. i do drive in the left lane. not always, but when i do, and i see someone coming up behind that wants to pass, i will move over, regardless of how fast i'm going or how fast they are going. sometimes the right lane is crappy, and the left lane isn't.

Anonymous said...

"I'm convinced that's a major cause of most of the road rage on highways."

The cause of road rage is stupidity and immaturity. Hence, the aggression in speeding, cutting folks off, and tailgating. All of which actually SLOW traffic down.

Self centered punks and losers, that is.

Ale Dearnheart said...

If you've ever driven this I-220 stretch from I-55 all the way to Highway 80 during peak traffic periods, you know it's a two lane race track. Another issue that adds to the danger is all the cars needing to merge into 220 from the north ramps. Naturally, being of the Hospitality State, we move over to the left to let them enter traffic while we're clipping along at 74 in the right lane. I guess that's considered illegal by the Nascar crowd. There are usually almost bumper to bumper vehicles south bound in both lanes. An asshole who is tailgating in either lane deserves to impact with the steel cables installed in the median. Let Hall Wrecker Service come tow the Capital City Wrecker. JPD might then show up, just in order to write a report.

Anonymous said...

"If you make people pass you on the right then you are a total dipshit."

If I'm doing 72 in the left lane and you feel you need to pass me in the right lane, you're not just a dipshit, you're breaking the law. Get over your redneck self, Chubbie. And stop spitting your Skoal out the window!

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of SICK, EVIL people posting on this thread. Like that tow truck driver, they're the sort of PSYCHOPATHS who're out on the roads, LOOKING FOR VICTIMS. (assuming they aren't already committed to facilities which exist to protect the public from people like that)

It's common for psychopaths to justify their crimes and obsessions, one way or another. In this case, it's abuse and misinterpretation of the "Left Lane is for Passing' rule.

Anonymous said...

There is one butthurt roadhog geezer making the same comments over and over about how he has a right to camp in the passing lane.
You are wrong and you are the loser. Everyone sees it but you.

Anonymous said...

3:44 is amusing.

It blows my mind that him and his ilk think just because they are going 72 in the left lane they are entitled to stay there?

It is not just me saying you are wrong, it is literally the law saying you are wrong.

If I am speeding that is between me and the cop.

And if there is one around, I darn sure hope he gives you a ticket too because we will BOTH be breaking laws. Me if I am speeding, and you for not using the passing lane properly.

Like most elder southern Baptists hypocrites, you just think your sin of choice (or law broken) is less egregious than mine.

Anonymous said...

Since when do laws apply within the city limits of Jackson? I drive The Trace, where I can do 64 as long as I have a commercial logo on the door.

Anonymous said...

If you can move to right lane, then do so. But if traffic is ahead in left lane and actively passing right lane traffic, the wrecker driver is in the wrong. Regardless, tailgating is reckless driving. Spray your wipers. If that doesn’t get him to back off, throwing a range ball from sunroof might.

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