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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tailgaters

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 3:55 PM

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Listen up, arsehole on my car's bumper as we drive the Prospect Road: I'm not going any faster and you can't drive over me. You're so fucking stupid, you don't even realize that if you rear-end into my old clunker, you're automatically at fault. So suck on my middle finger, Rushy McRushRush.
—Tired Of Doing The Speed Limit With Lead-footed Idiots On My Ass
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Drivers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 9:20 AM

OK, I didn't think I would have to do this or submit anything like this to The Coast, but I have to. It's the way people drive. Either they drive too slow, or they drive too fast for the conditions and are running stop signs.

I'm a professional driver who drives for a living, and the stuff happening every day on our roads is unbelievable. I've seen people cutting people off when they turned right in the middle of the highway! And don't get me started on running red lights. For the love of god, people, there's a Driver's Handbook: please read it.

Texting, yeah that's part of it, but when you're supposed to be doing a hundred on the Circ and somebody's doing 75, something's wrong. People get frustrated when people sit in the left-hand lane, under the speed limit, thinking, "This is OK, it's a 100-series highway, I can do what I want."

For all that is holy, please learn to drive. I think to the left of your steering wheel is a turn signal; it works, so you should use it. And at night turn your headlights on cuz nobody can see you with your daytime running lights on and you have no back lights.
—Scared To Drive
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

STOP TEXTING AND DRIVING!!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 9:48 AM

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While I was stopped on the Bedford Highway waiting to make a turn, a driver who was texting RAMMED into the back of me at 60km an hour. I had a newborn, toddler and pre-teen in the car with me. What the hell is so important that you have to fucking answer a text while operating a vehicle? All of you reading this who text and drive: You are a fucking dumbass and STOP IT. We could have all been killed. SO STOP BEING A BIG HEAD WHO THINKS THEY ARE SUCH GREAT DRIVERS AND MULTITASKERS THAT IT'S OK TO DO THIS.

All because she had to have her shit phone up her ass. DON'T BE ONE OF THESE DUMBASSES.

That's all.
—Pissed-off Mom
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Pissed off at "slow" traffic?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 11:12 AM

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Last time I checked, we don't have any autobahn roads in NS with no speed limit. If you think driving 160 is OK on public highway, you are being an ASS. Yes, the "slowpoke" doing 120 in the left lane was slowing you down, that is because he was only somewhat above the speed limit while passing people, instead of driving like an utter ass. Where the hell are you going that it is so urgent? Get a grip, or get a membership on a private circuit track and drive 200+ if you are serious about driving stupid fast. Don't put other people at risk with your entitled attitudes and dangerous driving habits.
—Pissed Off At Entitled Fast Drivers
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pick at home and cover your mouth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Seriously? You believe the best place to pick at your fly bites and scabs is at the bus stop and on the bus? Not only were you picking—not scratching, but full on picking—your fly bites and scabs, but then you were wiping the blood onto your legs, arms and the bus seat. Come the hell on! How were you raised? No one wants to see that shit. It's disgusting. Then to top it all off you start sneezing with your yap wide open spreading your snot and spit all over the place for all to enjoy. Thanks so much for that. The topper to all of this was the huge wad of spit you graciously left on the side of the street before getting on the bus. Grow up and get some manners. I feel bad for whomever had to sit next to you on the bus.
—Wishing for some hand sanitizer
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

You look like an idiot

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 11:02 AM

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I was walking down Robie Street when a car drove by me with windows down and a guy in the car let out a scream directly at me. A full-fledged scream out of nowhere. Why? Fuck you.
—Pedestrian
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Karmic bitch

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 5:22 PM

Hey, I was crossing on the light! You hang a fast left off Spring Garden Road and I am literally running for my life. Had I been 20 years older, I'd be another dead pedestrian. I looked at you through the drivers side window as you careened around the corner but your eyes were locked front. Then—sweet justice—a cop lights you up and pulls you over! I think that death for me and criminal charges for you were both possible had you run me down.
—Pedestrians' lives matter
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Dear left-turning drivers at Windsor and Young Streets

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:47 PM

When inching ever forward in attempts to sneak through traffic to turn left onto Young Street, try not to take up the whole intersection. There are other people trying to turn left through here onto Bayers Road, and you're blocking our lanes. Stay on your side of the yellow line!
Left-turning drivers at Windsor Street and Bayers Road
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dear Asshole Drivers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 12:12 PM

It seems there is a wide-spread, serious mechanical issue with most cars lately in HRM: All the indicator lights are out on the majority of makes and models, making it impossible to predict which way you are fucking going. This leads to me halting quickly while walking across the street when you almost run me over turning left without a signal and also making me stop within inches of your fucking bumper when you suddenly slam on the breaks to make your turn when driving. Get a clue, that little thingy on the steering wheel tells EVERYONE which way you are turning!
—I don't want to park in your trunk
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Accessibility woes

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Please, PLEASE, do not advertise that you are a fully accessible restaurant or store if your idea of accessibility is seating someone who uses a wheelchair in the dark corner of the restaurant where it is everyone else’s last choice and where cutlery is rolled to sit or having a second floor of the store they cannot access. Just say that! Just be real! My sibling is a person who lives with a disability and uses a wheelchair and it is a big production to go on outings via Access-A-Bus because you always have to book far in advance and it is not as easy as going down the street to another restaurant once you arrive. Things like one tiny set of stairs can make a huge difference! We all need to do better for people that have to consider accessibility constantly. It needs to be MANDATORY. It’s 2018! —Yearning for Equal Opportunity

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

New rules for vehicles?

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 11:57 AM

This year I have noticed at least half the vehicles do not use their turning indicators and about one in 10 who use their turn indicators do not turn. Also I live on a street off of Transom where there is a lot of construction going on and the contractors use the street as if it is theirs alone including parking on the wrong side of the street and sometimes even blocking the street altogether. I have been out of the province for a while and I'm wondering have the rules of the road changed? —Wayne


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Traffic

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

I'm gonna totally ignore the complete lack of planning in this city in regards to road construction and just complain about drivers.

Bumper to bumper traffic and of course one or two cars always squeeze in to block the intersection. Thanks! Next, the Armdale roundabout. If you can't read the signs clearly indicating which collector lane you're in and more importantly where its going to take you then you should be on a bus. Then to top it off don't try to change lanes and force your way in after you realize your mistake. The roundabout has solid lines for a reason!

And lastly, cyclists. What's with the one meter rule? If I'm first at a red light and some cyclist nuzzles up to me then I can't legally accelerate. One meter should really work both ways and cyclists should stack in traffic like everyone else. Well mainly those of us that pay taxes, have insurance and buy gasoline.
—Road raging

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Slowed down but did not stop!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 10:36 AM

To the driver of a small red car turning from Almon onto Windsor. Why did you slow down but not stop for a pedestrian (me) with a dog, halfway through the intersection when you started the turn.  C’mon, use your head. You looked at me like I had two heads—when clearly yours was missing! —Wanna Live


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Learn how to pass another cyclist, please!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 9:53 AM

To the cyclist in the watermelon helmet who tried to pass me while I was coasting on a downhill in a bike lane: the correct way to pass another cyclist is to ring your bell (if you don't have one, get one! it's an important safety item) and say "on your left" to indicate where you're passing. The incorrect way is to yell "excuse me" over and over (I had no idea this was addressed to me; it was quiet and blended into the background noise) and then say "the bike lane is for biking" as you finally pass. This convention exists for a reason! Cyclists all over recognize it, but even when they don't, it is very clear what is meant when you hear it (unlike "excuse me" which while polite, is functionally useless in traffic). No need to shame anyone going slower than you! Please learn the safety conventions so that you're not being a danger to yourself and others by causing needless confusion. Cyclists get enough hate from drivers, we don't need it from each other. —The Bike Lane Is For All Cyclists





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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Motor bikes in cycling lanes

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 9:28 AM

To the woman in shorts driving her full size motorcycle in the cycling lane, 4:30 pm, July 12, heading north on South Park Street: it is illegal to do so. Next time I will get your plate for the police. Ride safe. —Know the Rules of the Road





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