In South Florida, drivers text, talk, eat and primp — sometimes at 70 mph.
Although it's a big-enough ordeal to navigate our roads, some appear to need more of a challenge. How else can one explain the drivers seen reading, shaving, applying mascara — all while barreling down the street?
We talked to drivers to share the worst of what they have seen on our roads. Enjoy reading their responses, although preferably not while you're driving.
Oh, baby! Please don't do that
Seems a lot of new mothers are taking multitasking to heart, because breastfeeding moms on the go are being sighted frequently. "One morning while driving to work on Sample Road, just east of Coral Ridge Drive, I pulled alongside an SUV. Upon glancing over, I noticed that the woman driver, who was alone in the car, was nursing her very small baby while driving," said Illona K. Hollar, of Coral Springs. "How nutty can you be?"
No such thing as too much media
"The car next to me at Broward and Andrews had a driver with a cell in his left hand and ear, a newspaper fully opened in the right hand partially covering the steering wheel, wearing a headset," said Joe James, of Fort Lauderdale. "I could see the bluish light emanating from a computer that was sitting up on something on his console. When the light went green, he took off, using his left knee to steer. When we all got to U.S. 1, he went through the red light and managed to end up nearly inside Starbucks, but the curb stopped him."
A close shave
Because we're time-starved, our cars have turned into rolling bathrooms where we finish our morning grooming. "A man was shaving his head as he looked in the rearview mirror. We let him pass us up, he was all over the road, no police cars around to see this," said Elaine Acierno, of Coral Springs.
Let me entertain you (and me)
Craig Savoy, a courier in Miami-Dade County, said he watched a driver bang the dashboard and steering wheel with drumsticks. "He wasn't just lightly tapping, either. He was having a concert with himself." Sometimes, a musical instrument isn't necessary. "Once I saw a woman driving and eating one of the big Ren Fest-type turkey legs and dancing — a truly incredible sight," said Emily Taffel, of Delray Beach.
Rebooting your outfit
The morning rush can leave one feeling undone. It's one thing to straighten a tie, but Staci Garcia, of Boca Raton, watched an incredible feat (or should we say "feet"): "I once saw a guy tying shoes."
Talk about a street fight!
Oscar G. Mendez, of Fort Lauderdale, said he saw a driver get rapped on the head by his wife's high heel. "She was angry," Mendez said. "He actually went to hit her, which she blocked."
Love on the road
"Saw a couple making out in the car next to me, all while driving on the turnpike driving about 80 mph," said a reader from Plantation. "I was shocked."
When nature calls
"Years ago, I knew an old man that used to take a lot of long car trips. Instead of wasting time to stop to go to the bathroom, he would put a bedpan in front of his seat, so he would just go while he was driving," said Adam, of Orlando. "I wonder how many accidents he would almost get into."
Watch where you're going
"Saw a driver turn onto a railroad track instead of the road," said Alicia Silverstein, of Fort Lauderdale. "It was about 10 p.m., and the car was heading west on Southwest Second Street and turned north on the tracks heading toward Broward Boulevard."
Keeping a straight face while dining
Talk about a balancing act. Marjorie Moon, of Miami, saw someone "eating a bowl of cereal and applying makeup simultaneously."
Good drivers? They exist!
With everything drivers do wrong, sometimes it's what they do right that gets our attention. Juan Rodriguez, a limousine driver, says he's most amazed when drivers actually use their turn signals. "I noticed someone in the left passing lane actually use it as a passing lane," said John, of Boca Raton. "They got in it, passed a vehicle, and then got right back into the middle lane. I got emotional. Tears welled up in my eyes, as I felt so proud of them."
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