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Discussion in 'Transportation' started by BC1836, Oct 12, 2011.

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  1. cruisingkat

    cruisingkat DIS Veteran

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    We have seen very few speed traps in IL on I57 - but we travel weekdays. We have seen about the same amount of speed traps in each state we travel through - except for one state. Actually the worst spot for speed traps on the drive is in GA - especially in Turner Cty (approximately milemarker 87-74). The Turner Cty sheriff's dept. have been listed as issuing the most traffic tickets in GA and they do use laser. Also, GA has a super speeder fine - if you are going 15 or more miles per hour over the limit, you are hit with an additional $200 fine.
     
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  3. dvczerfs

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    :thumbsup2 (im not a andretti but close.)
    :worship::worship::worship: amen! i love watching people pull up next to a semi and just hang there. :confused3 just asking to get killed.:confused3
    :lmao: they do +5 trying to pass you on the shoulders of the highways! :lmao: (while reading the paper and eating a donut!):lmao:
     
  4. remlover

    remlover Earning My Ears

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    It will be my DW and I doing the driving. I just need her to spend me a few hours here and there. I already have my eye mask and ear plugs to help me get some sleep. I'll have plenty of cold Monster to go. I made a deal with my DW if I get a twinge sleepy we will switch no matter what. My hubris will have to take a break.
     
  5. Indy Denise

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    Three years ago on our way to Orlando we hit a heavy downpour just as we entered Florida.

    It was bad. My DH was not happy with me when I insisted he pull over ( as many other cars had done )

    As we sat and waited for it to let up we watched some other drivers zoom by. My DH was getting more upset with me saying "look, THEY get to go because they don't have a freaked out wife"

    Rain let up, we started going again...then traffic deapstopped. After finally starting up again, at a crawl, we saw what the hold up was. An accident..a bad one...one mini van was upside down, sitting on it's roof. The other vehicle was down in a ditch. ....and thrown all over the highway were a child's stuffed animals along with other belongings.

    My DH looked at me and said " well that is sobering. Thank you honey. Nothing is worth getting in such a hurry over.." I think of the stuffed animals when ever I see stupid drivers.
     
  6. nono

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    Or worse, you are the one next to the semi and they've decided that they're past it, will match its speed in the passing lane and now you're the sitting duck. :faint:

    On our way to FL, we do maybe +5 the whole way. We get great gas mileage and have it timed out to hit certain places at certain times. We spend a lot of time in the right lane on these trips. It's kind of fun - like going to a foreign place (being from NJ and generally using all the lanes of the GSP!). I have seen plenty of safe drivers at speeds that are in excess of ours. Just please look our way -- we usually have a game of Rubberneckers going on, which occasionally requires us to get other drivers to do something like :wave2: at us. ::yes::
     
  7. ThreeKMom

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    We are leaving our home Saturday night around 5:00 and driving straight through. We did the same thing in August of 2011 and arrived at the world around 10:30 am the next day, it really wasn't a bad drive at all.

    Is there any construction that we should be aware of or try to avoid?

    Thanks for any tips or advice!:)
     
  8. amcnj

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    Cruise control can have its advantages, aside from helping gas mileage. I know sometimes after driving many hours I get a pain in my leg and using the cruise control gives me some time to move my leg position to alleviate it.
     
  9. nono

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    Looks like Jacksonville has some overnight construction.
     
  10. cruisingkat

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    If you have a smart phone, you can find out about traffic incidents from
    http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/traffic/
    We got stuck in a traffic tie-up which wasn't showing up on our GPS traffic alert. I started searching on my browser to see if I could find out what the problem was and found this website - it is updated every 5 minutes and gives when the problem was reported and the status (lanes closed, road clear, etc). There is also a link for FDOT construction info.
    You do have to know what county or area you are in(several counties form a troop area), but you can get a good guess from the map (just click on the map where you approximately are). Thanks to this website, we have been able to detour to avoid the problems 2 different times since I found it. One time we weren't able to avoid the problem as it occured at the next exit on I75 but at least we knew what the problem was.
     
  11. DSLRuser

    DSLRuser Age is a state of mind

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    that stretch of the highway, just after I-10 merges is the worst, most dangerous highway i have ever been on.

    People are in their last few hours of a very long drive, they are tired and want to get the drive over with. Everyone drives 95+. If you dont, you get run over.

    Ad to that the rain downpoors, fog, smoke from fires, it is crazy. 2 years ago there was a 100+ car pile up because of fire smoke. people just kept driving at ludicrous speeds into the smoke.

    you were smart to pull over.

    And georgia is the one state I only do 5+ over the limit. cops are everywhere and very strict.
     
  12. Indy Denise

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    Here is hoping that any Disers traveling today through Georgia (and the South ) are safe and sound. :drive::


    Some scarey stuff out there...
     
  13. your friend

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    I know this has probably been asked before but I having no luck with searches but is there an alternate route to Orlando coming down 95?
     
  14. sharadoc

    sharadoc Visiting Disney World since 1986, happily driving

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    Can you explain what you mean? Alternate from where? What do you want to avoid?

    When traveling down 95, you exit onto I-4 to go to Disney. There is an alternate of 417 at Sanford to Disney.

    If you tell us what you need I'm sure someone here can help you.
     
  15. your friend

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    I want to avoid Jacksonville.
     
  16. justakrazymom

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    Joining back in! Making our 3rd round trip ( about 2600 miles) in September!! Been debating between driving and flying but driving is going to win out!
     
  17. your friend

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    I want to aviod Jacksonville
     
  18. sharadoc

    sharadoc Visiting Disney World since 1986, happily driving

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    You can use 295 around Jacksonville. It's a pretty new road and very nice. It takes a little longer but completely avoids all of the main freeway.
     
  19. sharadoc

    sharadoc Visiting Disney World since 1986, happily driving

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    Wow, seems like you just came back from your last trip.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. We are coming from Maine and taking the same route. Leaving on a Thursday night, trying to get through past Maryland by morning. Staying overnight in GA, getting into Orlando on Saturday. Is there a better route? Or is this the one to take when driving through the night? Thanks!
     
  21. BC1836

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    If possible, try and get through the southern MD/DC/northern VA area by 6 a.m., if indeed you are traveling during the work week.

    All the best. :thumbsup2
     
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