I lived in Richmond for 7 years before the Demolition Derby team next door finally drove me out of White Trash Heaven. But while I was there, I had to commute into KC along Hwy 210 every day.
There is nothing inherently dangerous about the stretch between Orrick and Missouri City. In fact, it’s a whole lot safer now than it used to be. When I first moved to Richmond, that stretch of road was still a lot like Calista Flockheart…dangerously narrow with no shoulders.
What makes that stretch dangerous ain’t the road…it’s the way those redneck idiots drive on it that’s the problem. I have seen more stupid shit on that highway than I can begin to describe.
Now, keep in mind, I can be a bit aggressive myself. There are really only 2 types of drivers on the road; IDIOTS (anyone driving faster than me) and ASSHOLES (anyone driving slower than me). And the only thing I hate worse than tailgaters are those jackass’s that won’t speed up no matter how close you follow them. Know what I mean?
But I’m tellin’ ya, these chuckleheads on 210 are just unbelievable. Nobody drives under 70-75. They pass on hills and around curves where it is absolutely impossible to know what’s coming. Sometimes, they know what’s coming and just don’t care. I had a woman passing me on a straight stretch of road where the oncoming traffic was clearly visible. I swear to God, if I hadn’t put on my brakes and pulled to the shoulder so that crazy bitch could get back in her lane, she’d have hit that other car head-on. I saved at least 2 lives that day.
I also have a good idea what causes this reckless behavior. One word. NASCAR.
I think that these toothless bastards sit around watchin’ them NASCAR races on the Tee Vee and think “Shit. I can do that.” Well, I got news for ya Sparky, you really can’t. One of the many differences between Rusty Wallace and you, Bubba Joe Dipshit, is that Rusty ain’t smokin’ a cigarette with a can of MGD between his legs listening to some hillbilly goat-roper music on his radio while his fat-ass wife is yelling at him from the passenger seat!
So, given the people who use that road, I really don’t think that “rumble strips” are going to solve the problem.