Traffic jam, Oakland style
Talk about stopping traffic. A crew of "sideshow drivers" briefly shut down northbound lanes of I-888 in Oakland, Calif., recently when they performed a series of stunts -- burning rubber and doing doughnuts -- that they taped and posted on YouTube.
"The group broke up when someone yelled, '5-O,' a moniker for police," says a blog post on the incident. (See: "Ticket? You could be paying for years.")
There are a number of embarrassing things going on here. First, the utter disregard for road safety. Second, the delusion that this is in any way cool. Third, the use of such an old-school term for the cops derived from a 70s TV show, unless of course they're referring to the remake.
Too bad the cops didn't show up in time for a "Book 'em, Danno" moment. Insurance.com's analysis of 490,000 car insurance quotes shows the average rate increase for 14 common traffic violations, and reckless driving is the most expensive, a 22 percent hike. For this show of stupidity, that would be a small price to pay.
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