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Slow day on the highway

By Mess - 9 April 2008 10

I was on my way home from the city today, and I headed down the Monaro Highway like I always do. About halfway down the highway just before the Gaol, the traffic came to a sudden halt and then resumed at a crawl. i wondered to myself what was making the traffic slow down so much. Was it a accident, breakdown or speed van? No, it was car pulled over on the side of the road with a guy getting something out of the boot. Every single car was slowing down and having a good gawk, before speeding off, causing traffic to back up. I was able to catch a look at this because the car in front of me almost came to stop in an effort to see what was going on. I have noticed this happen before as well, a car on the side of a road changing a flat can cause traffic chaos. Have any other rioters had similar experiences? Because for me it causes immense frustration and added an extra 15 minutes to my trip home.

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10 Responses to
Slow day on the highway
blaringmike 11:27 pm 10 Apr 08

lol at all you fools. Half the car was on fire. No wonder everyone was slowing down.

Felix the Cat 9:39 pm 10 Apr 08

Mess said :

Yeah exciting stuff, man searches boot for a jacket. You reckon they will put it up in the National Gallery? the car was pulled over in some trees on the right hand side as you approach the traffic lights near the Queanbeyan exit. Didnt see any burned out cars or fires. The highway was just fine today by the way. A cyclist piqued some interest, but not enough to slow the traffic.

I didn’t have a need to go out that way yesterday, I normally do but not yesterday, so I missed actually seeing the vehicle in question. I just heard about it from work colleagues that saw it. I did however go out to Hume today and on the left hand shoulder of the road (heading towards Tuggers) about halfway between the new prison and the traffic lights there is a small pile of charred rubble which I presume to be the part remains of the burnt car.

Mess 7:12 pm 10 Apr 08

Yeah exciting stuff, man searches boot for a jacket. You reckon they will put it up in the National Gallery? the car was pulled over in some trees on the right hand side as you approach the traffic lights near the Queanbeyan exit. Didnt see any burned out cars or fires. The highway was just fine today by the way. A cyclist piqued some interest, but not enough to slow the traffic.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 8:49 am 10 Apr 08

I sometimes use the Monaro Hwy to come into the office, but usually go via Fyshwick instead because it’s quicker. I NEVER use the Monaro on the way home!

tybreaker 8:29 am 10 Apr 08

I saw a burnt out car myself – maybe you missed it while looking in the other direction? The day before we also saw a yellow car which had obviously been in a bingle as it had a crumpled rear. The Monaro is having a bad streak this week by the looks.

MRB 12:32 am 10 Apr 08

Hey Felix, maybe because the AFP is not the Fire Brigade!

Vic Bitterman 12:03 am 10 Apr 08

You should have taken a picture of the scene, Mess.

Felix the Cat 11:24 pm 09 Apr 08

I heard the car caught on fire. Can’t find out any info from Crapberra Times (surprise surprise) or AFP website though.

barney 10:43 pm 09 Apr 08

Nothing to see here…Move along…Move along.

CanberraResident 8:06 pm 09 Apr 08

People in general are inquisitive by nature. It’s just human nature to want to know what’s happening around you. People have always, and will always, stop to have a gawk at something happening on the side of the road. Unfortunately, as every car slows down to have a look, the result is inevitable; a traffic nightmare. No matter what you do, this will never change … it’d be a society of programmed robots if it did. Sadly, people are programmed in this way, even if it as dull as someone getting a tool from the boot of his/her car.

Also, when people see a splattered dead animal on the road, and they say “oh yuk!”, just take a closer look at their eyes … more often than not, they’re staring at the thing that is making them squirm. Humans are inquisitive by nature.

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