This driver decided potentially destroying the front of his truck is worth less than a $25 fine.
Presumed SoCal resident and Redditor /u/Independent-Tax-914 shared dashcam footage from the 91 in Anaheim, CA to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit showing the hare brained moment a Chevrolet Silverado driver decided to run over lane dividers all to avoid less than $30 in total fines.
/u/Independent-Tax-914’s thread is linked here, with a copy of his video posted below.
The accident took place on the 91 (aka Riverside Freeway) in Anaheim (exact location on Google Maps linked here.)
Like a lot of highly trafficked freeways, the first few lanes of the 91 are HOV and toll lanes with dynamic pricing enforced by transponders.
But, unlike some Express Lanes where lane selection is only enforced by a set of double sold lines, the 91 takes it a step further with flexible lane dividers. Whether you planned to or not, once you’re in an Express Lane, you’re in, unless…
As the video shows, OP is driving in the left-most lane next to the Express Lanes. There’s no traffic so, at that time, there’s really no advantage to being in an Express Lane, anyway.
We see the driver in the Silverado sneak up to OP’s car, overtake, and right before the cameras hanging off the Express Lane signs can snap his plates, he darts in front of OP and demolishes more than half a dozen flexible lane dividers in the process.
Running over these bendable lane dividers is nothing new and has been done by trucks, SUVs, and anyone brave enough to risk damage since they were a thing.
Here’s one such case.
Then again, at highways speeds, you never know what kind of damage running over those at speed will cause.
A punctured radiator, broken headlight, and exterior scrapes, scratches, and dents come to mind.
According to the 91 Express Lanes website, a toll violation is $25 plus the amount of the toll. With the minimum toll being around $3 and the dashcam showing light traffic, the Silverado driver avoided about a $30 total fine?
“LOL. Avoid paying a fine but causing damage to your vehicle. Great planning on his part,” /u/Clay_2000lbs commented.
“Nah, that’s not an idiot. He knew exactly what he was doing. He’s a lunatic,” /u/apache-kafkaesque.
Whether he knew or not, all I’m saying is to plan your lane choices accordingly, so you don’t damage your own vehicle and make work for others.
Have you ever run over these flexible lane dividers not on purpose?
Let me know if your car was damaged in the comments below.