86°Clear

“Props to the cop for a) taking simple, but effective and appreciated action, and b) getting out of his cruiser in this 5 degree weather”

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm 26 Comments

admo

“Dear PoPville,

My +1 and i were walking down the block tonight (1/8) to The Diner in Adams Morgan, and there was a Uber/Lyft small Kia SUV blocking northbound traffic on 18th. Maryland plates, naturally. After a good 5 minutes of folks honking, a cop (stuck in the traffic about 5 cars back) got out and approached the driver to tell him to either pull over or keep driving because he’s causing a serious jam.

Props to the cop for a) taking simple, but effective and appreciated action, and b) getting out of his cruiser in this 5 degree weather to shame the Maryland driver. Us DC residents always love an opportunity for the latter.”

  • condoer

    Nice! Wish he could have given him a ticket, but still – it’s something.

  • Anony

    Props but only likely because it affected him. Just on Friday watched a Maryland car do a U-turn on H St. DIRECTLY in front of a motorcycle officer while I was crossing the street nearly being hit by oncoming traffic. Officer just shook his head instead of going after him.

    I understand there are some serious issues in this city that police have to deal with but the traffic enforcement is near zero. The carelessness and lack of any consideration from other drivers is astounding and has increased since I’ve lived here.

  • DC1

    Think this is less about MD drivers (though I recognize the state produces some truly atrocious ones), and more a reflection of the all-too-common situation where once someone become Uber/Lyft drivers he/she decides that the rules of the road no longer apply to them.

    • U neighbor

      My theory is that Uber’s 1) lack of any meaningful regulation and 2) dramatic reduction in cost and therefore wages, has caused good drivers to not bother and has left us with a set of drivers that is deeply unqualified to be on the road in the first place, much less to drive professionally, MUCH less to be required to stare at their phones the entire time they drive.
      .
      I’m so tired of Uber that I make a point to patronize DC Taxi cabs. I’ve come full circle.

      • DC1

        +1

      • DC Denizen

        +1

      • dcgator

        +11111

      • maxwell smart

        I find you are screwed either way. My experience with DC cabs are the cars are usually very run down and smelly, the driver is distracted talking on multiple phones and therefore is not in any hurry to get you where you need to go, the credit card machine works maybe 50% of the time and on multiple occasions the driver flat refused to take me where I needed to go (presumably because it wasn’t to a location where he could quickly get the next fare).

    • Tsar of Truxton

      The problem of stopping and standing is 100% the fault of the person calling the Uber/Lyft. People don’t want to be troubled by waiting outside even though they can literally see when the car is pulling up, so the cars arrive and have to wait for the patron to come out, which causes traffic back-ups. This was less of an issue with cabs because you need to be outside to hail a cab. That said, the opposite is true when it comes to exiting an Uber/Lyft v. a cab because no payment is required, i.e., a cab causes a similar backup when someone is in it paying.

      • James W.

        There’s nothing that says a driver needs to wait immediately outside the address, whether blocking traffic or not. Pull ahead or around the corner, call the rider and let them know where to find you. Problem solved. As for ‘props’ to a cop who waited in traffic 5 minutes behind this car…that’s about 4 and a half minutes too late.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          That is true; however, my guess is people would mark down drivers for doing things like this. I am all for Uber making pickup points only at intersections.

          • dcgator

            Nah, you’re totally right on this. Uber and other ride-sharing apps are now making cars pulled over, waiting minutes for passengers to show up a very common occurrence. And a huge headache for the rest of us.

          • DC Denizen

            As long as they’re not blocking the crosswalk when they do pick up at the intersection.

  • Anonymous

    “Us DC residents always love an opportunity for the latter.”
    .
    Speak for yourself. This DC resident thinks it’s petty, tired, and hypocritical. The number of DC drivers that just stop in the traffic lane rather than pull to the side or find a legal parking spot is mind-boggling.
    .
    I do applaud the cop for taking common sense action but let’s not forget that he too was stuck in the jam so had an obvious interest in resolving the situation.

    • Ross

      +1 Million from this DC resident. DC drivers are just as bad if not worse. But if making such generalizations about your neighbors helps your self esteem or justifies your decision to live here, then by all means, carry on!

  • Evan Tupac Grooter

    The city really should reserve a loading/unloading spot (and enforce it) on each block. People use Uber/Lyft. That is not going to change anytime soon. Right now, the driver has to either block traffic, park illegally (possibly blocking a crosswalk or fire hydrant), or circle the block (getting a poor review from a rider and fired).

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Agreed. I also think the city should prohibit deliveries during rush hour. UPS/Fedex constantly block main roads to make deliveries during rush hour. It makes the traffic situation so much worse. The same is true of trucks making deliveries that block 3-4 lanes of traffic backing into loading zones. None of this should be allowed during peak traffic times.

      • Anonymous

        In that same vein, as someone who lives on 18th Street itself in the heart of Adams Morgan, I think it would be really useful if DC banned parking on 18th Street from 6pm to 4am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It would give Ubers plenty of space to pull over and unload passengers. Instead, the blocks are literal parking lots for much of the night. And there’s plenty of cops out on those nights to enforce the NO PARKING regulations.

        • textdoc

          Didn’t MPD use to place cars at either end of the 18th Street “strip” so as to forbid through traffic other than bus (and maybe taxi?) traffic? Or was that only at the end of the night?
          .
          I used to see these MPD partial roadblocks frequently when I lived in Adams Morgan and came home on weekend nights from other neighborhoods.

        • Tom

          I like where you’re going with this, son.

        • Ross

          They tried this about ten years ago. I would imagine it was done away with once businesses realized that a lot of people actually do drive to Adams Morgan to eat/drink/shop.

          • textdoc

            I don’t think that’s correct. I think through traffic was not allowed at certain times of the evening, but I don’t think street parking along 18th Street was ever banned.

          • Anonymous

            That was the pre-Uber/Lyft era. 10 years ago smelly DC cabs was on the zone system and didn’t even have meters! It’s a vastly different story today.

          • Khris

            It was also pre-Metro sucking era. The folks who make your Jumbo Slice or mix those shooters for you on Saturday night can’t afford a million dollar condo down the block, so they have to drive to and from work.

        • James

          But really, why doesn’t DC just ban cars in the city.

  • JustAnObservation

    Driving in DC…what a mess! The street blockage from Ubers, Lyfts, cabs, is a pain but I don’t think its as bad as the rush hour lane blockage. As someone who commutes via car everyday to work, cars/ delivery vehicles parked in rush hour lanes is by far the biggest cause of traffic congestion (blocked intersections are a close second). I’d really like to see much stricter enforcement of rush hour rules. I’d like to associate myself with MD drivers being the worst drivers in the DMV. I have no statistical evidence to back this up and base it solely off of observation.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list