Accidents on Loop 375, An El Paso Tradition
There were a lot of things that we didn't have to deal with because of the pandemic. You'll notice over the last year there was a significant decline in shootings, fights, and accidents. All things that go away when people are kept in their houses. Well, things are opening up, which means these things are coming back.
abees_knees posted over on Reddit:
It has got to stop, seriously.
I am typing this because I passed yet another accident on The Loop (375). I drive The Loop 4 days a week, used to be 6 days a week, and almost every damn day I pass an accident. I am not exaggerating or being facetious. You all need to drive smarter and safer. You got loved ones who are waiting for you.
It will take anyone all of 5 minutes on the roads of El Paso to realize that the drivers in El Paso aren't... the best. I've driven in a lot of different places and lived in both Oregon and Florida. I thought Florida had bad drivers, but El Paso might take the cake.
ScaryBearCookie responded with:
People just want to go first. Even if it means dying. People up here driving all stupid then we end up at the same stop light. I'm laughing like Good job little buddy, you made it to the light twenty whole seconds before me.
Affectionate-Road279 gives a perspective of someone who has live elsewhere.
I lived in northern va for years and then Washington dc I thought driving was bad there now I live in El Paso it’s a whole nother level of crazy. I don’t drive very often here, I let my husband drive my car it is too much for my nerves
abees_knees also added later on down the post:
I went The Spur today to Global Reach to avoid the crash returning home and witnessed a crash there! Guy in the far right lane stopped with Hazards on. There is no emergency lane on Global Reach. One guy narrowly misses him but the next guy was not so lucky. It is just crazy.
El Paso isn't the only city with bad drivers, but it does seem to be amplified a bit here compared to other cities. There are some simple things that can be done to help avoid this. Unfortunately, I have a feeling this is all going to land on deaf ears. But let's give it a shot.
- Slow the f*** down. I'm willing to bet 99% of the people flying down the freeway at 90+ mph aren't on their way to an emergency.
- Give some room between you and the next car. Look, I get it, you don't want to let that other car in because you think it's somehow going to cause you to be late by 4 hours.
- Pick your head up and get your eyes off your damn phone! This is not exclusive to El Paso, but I see it all the damn time. Is your attention span that bad that you can't just drive?
- Let that car in if they're trying to get over. We're all in it together on the road, let's act like it.
I think the fourth part of that is the biggest thing to remember. We're all in the same boat. Let's look out for each other on the road.
And to wrap things up, here is a video of terrible drivers in Texas.