: Distracted Driving.



billc83
03-10-10, 12:46 PM
Quite possibly the weirdest thing I've in a while. This is stuff the writers of The Onion think up. Only it really happened.


FHP: Driver lacked razor-sharp focus

As authorities nationwide warn motorists of the dangers of driving while texting, Florida Keys law enforcement officers add a new caution: Don't try to shave your privates, either.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at Mile Marker 21 on Cudjoe Key was caused by a 37-year-old woman driver who was shaving her bikini area while her ex-husband took the wheel from the passenger seat.

"She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit," Trooper Gary Dunick said. "If I wasn't there, I wouldn't have believed it. About 10 years ago I stopped a guy in the exact same spot ... who had three or four syringes sticking out of his arm. It was just surreal and I thought, 'Nothing will ever beat this.' Well, this takes it."

If that weren't enough, Megan Mariah Barnes was not supposed to be driving and her 1995 Ford Thunderbird was not supposed to be on the road.

The day before the wreck, Barnes was convicted in an Upper Keys court of DUI with a prior and driving with a suspended license, said Monroe County Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne. Barnes was ordered to impound her car, and her driver's license was revoked for five years, after which time she must have a Breathalyzer ignition interlock device on any vehicle she drives, Dunne said. Barnes also was sentenced to nine months' probation.

Barnes and Charles Judy were southbound in her Thunderbird at 11 a.m. when they slammed into the back of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup driven by David Schoff of Palm Bay. His passengers were a man and two women; the latter were treated for minor injuries at Lower Keys Medical Center, FHP spokesman Alex Annunziato said.

Schoff had slowed to about 5 mph to make a turn when the Thunderbird hit him, traveling about 45 mph, which was within the speed limit, Dunick said.

Barnes allegedly drove another half-mile, then switched seats with Judy, who allegedly claimed to be driving, Annunziato said.

"She jumps in the back seat and he moves over," Dunick said. "It was like the old comedy bit, 'Who's on first?' "

Burns on Judy's chest from the passenger-side airbag deploying belied their story, Dunick said. The airbag in the steering wheel did not deploy, he said.

Troopers charged Barnes with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance. Judy was not charged.

Barnes faces a maximum of a year in jail if found guilty of violating her probation due to the wreck, Dunne said.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook all day, and I know there's a funny side to this, but it's also deadly serious. This is a scary road and a lot of bad wrecks are caused by dumb stuff like this," Dunick said. "It is unbelievable. I'm really starting to believe this stuff only happens in the Keys."


HERE (http://keysnews.com/node/21349) is the full article, if you're interested.

Stingroo
03-10-10, 12:50 PM
Only in ****ing Florida.

All I can say... really.

Ranger
03-10-10, 12:54 PM
I heard this on the news yesterday. Absolutely unbelievable. The levels of stupidity never seem to amaze me.

gary88
03-10-10, 01:05 PM
This is why we can't have nice things.

Rodya234
03-10-10, 01:11 PM
This is why we can't have nice things.
http://media.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/517631/698617.jpg

itschrome
03-10-10, 01:25 PM
Ok, WHAT?

why was her ex-husband driving her to meet her boyfriend? why was she shaving her "bikini area" with her ex-husband there? and why the hell do people slow down to 5 mph to turn their cars? if you ask me that is the real problem here, not the odd shaving. I hate when people practically come to complete stops to turn their cars.. ugh they deserved to be hit.

creeker
03-10-10, 03:04 PM
Ok, WHAT?

why was her ex-husband driving her to meet her boyfriend? why was she shaving her "bikini area" with her ex-husband there? and why the hell do people slow down to 5 mph to turn their cars? if you ask me that is the real problem here, not the odd shaving. I hate when people practically come to complete stops to turn their cars.. ugh they deserved to be hit.

Maybe he was waiting for oncoming traffic to clear before he could turn.

Aron9000
03-10-10, 03:11 PM
Ok, WHAT?

why was her ex-husband driving her to meet her boyfriend? why was she shaving her "bikini area" with her ex-husband there? and why the hell do people slow down to 5 mph to turn their cars? if you ask me that is the real problem here, not the odd shaving. I hate when people practically come to complete stops to turn their cars.. ugh they deserved to be hit.

Hey, sometimes when you drive a 19ft boat of a car, you have to slow down to 5mph to make a tight right turn into a driveway/parking lot.

77CDV
03-10-10, 03:39 PM
Could someone please throw some chlorine in the gene pool?

itschrome
03-10-10, 03:42 PM
Hey, sometimes when you drive a 19ft boat of a car, you have to slow down to 5mph to make a tight right turn into a driveway/parking lot.

Ok, but now adays not many people drive such a big car so whats their excuse? why does some one in a camary or civic need to practically stop before turning? they dont, they just dont know how to drive. I dont have to slow down that much in my Seville. I take turns about around 20 mph on average.

V-Eight
03-10-10, 03:48 PM
Oh.....my......god. That's all I have to say about that one

CadillacCastle
03-10-10, 08:43 PM
Ok, WHAT?

why was her ex-husband driving her to meet her boyfriend? why was she shaving her "bikini area" with her ex-husband there? and why the hell do people slow down to 5 mph to turn their cars? if you ask me that is the real problem here, not the odd shaving. I hate when people practically come to complete stops to turn their cars.. ugh they deserved to be hit.

I agree, why do people have to almost stop to make turn? It always makes me wonder if they have a full cup of hot coffee sitting on a slick dashboard trying not to spill it when it should be in a cup holder. I understand if there is a reason to slow down but I have seen so many drivers slow down to a stop to turn on a flat road without any other drivers in sight. It could be that they are passing out drivers license to illegal aliens that can not read road signs in English.