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  1. Don’t disagree with you, but if you hate it that much, go back from whence you came. 🙂

    Don’t disagree with original post.

    Just saying

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  2. Carolyn says:

    Every vity has them
    Fort McMurray…far to many morons

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    • Jody Mitoma says:

      Too many morons in our fair vity. These people should have their livense suspended so I don’t have to deal with them on the Henvay anyvvvvvvvvv.

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  3. Hold on for the flood of posts screaming that there’s no passing lane on the henday or whitemud (which is horse shit) or the “you don’t know their story, maybe their new drivers or scared, blah blah”…….

    Same old story every time someone bitches about edmonton drivers lol

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  4. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    I love this post.

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  5. thank you! I am not the only out of towner that has noticed this. Edmonton has some of the WORST drivers in this Country.

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  6. I thought Edmonton was bad. Try driving in Richmond BC lol at least Edmonton will prepare you

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  7. Careful with the use if passing lane on whitemud. There are left hand exits and merges. So there is no such thing as a fast lane. The speed limit is speed limit. Max. If you have the chance to go over, its a bonus. Treat it as such. Not a right. Lol

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  8. Steven Owen Steven Owen says:

    I thought this page was going to stop allowing rants like these?

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  9. Countless people racing eachother rather than sharing the road. No respect. No common sense. It’s an “all about me” mentality out there on the Edmonton streets.

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  10. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    I see waaaay more 30’s/40’s in a 50 zone, 50’s in a 60, i’ve been stuck behind those slow merging fucks before too, i just dive over the line and into any opening i can get and then keep going, have fun coming to a complete stop on the merge point you fucking twats.

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  11. Kim Crowder Kim Crowder says:

    I was just going to say that, too! – I was with you until said ‘retard’.

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  12. Kim Crowder Kim Crowder says:

    I was just going to say that, too! – I was with you until said ‘retard’.

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  13. Kim Crowder Kim Crowder says:

    I was just going to say that, too! – I was with you until said ‘retard’.

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  14. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    I often come across idiots who slam on their brakes at crosswalks with no pedestrians or stopping in the middle of the road to maybe figure out where they are going? Unbelievably bad drivers out here. I am however seeing a drop in retards using their cellphones while driving, so that’s a good thing..

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  15. Or when you are driving behind someone in the left lane, and then they move over to the right, so you speed up so you are able to pass them, but they also speed up so you can’t pass them!

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  16. Firstly, cool it with the “retard” language….that’s ignorant and offensive.

    I do however agree that slow mergers are terribly dangerous. And people who camp in the fast lane going slowly are also dangerous and annoying.

    Just keep in mind though that there is a lot of photo radar on those two highways and if people want to hang around 80km/hr or 100km/hr to avoid tickets that’s totally legitimate. And if they come upon a slow vehicle and need to pass they will inevitably end up in the passing lane going the speed limit until they get by. You can’t really fault them for that.

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    • I’ve had to change my route to my daughters school because, when trying to merge onto Sherwood park fwy westbound from 17st in rush hour, people won’t let me in. And I’m up to the 100 speed limit by then! Can’t do it anymore.

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    • I hate it when I’m about to merge into a nice available space and someone quickly changes lanes into that spot leaving me going full speed with nowhere to friggin go… happens all the time on whitemud going west between 66 and 91

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    • Totally agree on the use of the word “retard”. NOT COOL!

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    • Actually they used the word retard in it’s context. The defintion of retard is to delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment. Stop being a pansy ass who gets hurt by words if you don’t even know what they mean.

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    • Steven Ludford stop being an argumentative twat. This is clearly not the context they were using.

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    • Steven Ludford ps – and because you seem to take things so literally, I should clarify that I don’t think you are actually a vagina.

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    • I do believe your the one arguing. I stated a fact about your comment while you are not even using a valid point. Other then that I am a twat who obviously hurt your many feelings.

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    • I would love to continue this but I don’t want you to retard my time anymore then you already have. Have an awesome day!

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    • Dre Costello Dre Costello says:

      Wtf is wrong with saying retard , just because it offends you it doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t say it , you can’t control speech you’re not our communist government

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    • Nomber Juan Nomber Juan says:

      Isint it retarded ? That people get offended for retarded people ? How would retarded people get offended being called retarded if they’re fucking retarded to begin with !!!?

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  17. It’s always better somewhere else right? Feel free to move then and quit with the use of the word retard. Driving is a privilege not a right. Take a look at the driving campaigns out there – the message is slow down.

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    • Where does op indicate they were speeding??? Just curious

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    • It doesn’t and neither did I.. the campaign you see is speed kills and a slow down message. It is all over Edmonton on buses etc. How people interpret it may be part of what is causing the rant.

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    • Trista Blume Trista Blume says:

      Debbie Bolduc yes they are saying to slow down…. in residential areas, school zones and heavily populated area’s. There not talking about the freeways and highways.

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    • Jessica Ward Jessica Ward says:

      I agree with Trista Blume, but don’t forget construction zone@

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    • Interesting that people are trying to put words in my mouth or qualify what I have said. Again perception based…

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    • Actually they are referring to slowing down every where. Even on Freeways and Highways. They problem is that people think that the posted speed limits are the “minimum” speed rather then that “Max”. I agree that we have some horrible drivers out there but there are horrible drivers every where.

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    • Lynn Meger Lynn Meger says:

      Janet Neufeld – actually, the slow down campaign has absolutely nothing to do with this persons rant. The speed limit is 100 km/hr on the Henday. The merging lanes (both to get on and get off the Henday) are all more than long enough to ensure that NO ONE should have to slow down while in the right lane in order to make their exit, and everyone should be at the speed limit of 100 km/hr upon merging into the flow of traffic.

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  18. I will say it is not just Edmonton. I moved to Edmonton and thought the same thing, until I moved back to my home city in Ontario and guess what the drivers are just as bad here. You don’t notice it if you grow up around it, you truly only notice once you become an outsider to it. Just try to drive as safe as you can.

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  19. When I first moved here and saw the drivers, it made me wonder why Canadians are so preoccupied with gun control considering how many drivers in Edmonton drive around like an LA gangbanger brandishing firearms.

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  20. Amy Melby Amy Melby says:

    I’m really curious as to how you know these are “Edmonton” drivers? As in actually received their license here and didn’t move here from elsewhere. I was raised here and DID get my license here and do know how to drive our city roads properly.

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    • Jessica Ward Jessica Ward says:

      Right raised and got my licence here. I hear complaints all the time about people not passing their learners or driving test right away and I’m like well if you knew the rules of the road and knew how to drive then you would pass first time…. I passed both the learners and drivers my first time.

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    • Amy Melby Amy Melby says:

      It’s not only new drivers, there are plenty of seasoned drivers who don’t obey traffic rules, road rules, common courtesy, etc. My mom taught me to drive plus I took driving lessons and those were the first things that were engrained. My point was that the OP doesn’t know these are “Edmonton” drivers. There are plenty of transplants to Alberta from Canada and many other places and they were probably just as crappy in those places as well.

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  21. I’ve lived in so many places and honestly Edmonton isn’t that horrible =) but that’s my personal opinion.

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  22. Shah Jee Shah Jee says:

    If you have sense then change lane dont drive on merging lane may be you should learn driving cz you have some defi nite problem with the mergers

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    • Lynn Meger Lynn Meger says:

      Sorry, merging skills in this city SUCK. It’s not the posters fault, it’s the overwhelming number of people who don’t understand the concept of merging and how to do it.

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    • Shah Jee Shah Jee says:

      Yeh cud be but driving on merging lane is also a reason that merger have to slow down in order to get the reqired window to merge in plus everyone dont have sports cars who from stop or slow down instatntly speed up to 100 km/h anyways there are drivers like that everywhere

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  23. Lisa Lutz Lisa Lutz says:

    …I don’t know about you, but I got a big speeding ticket for NOT slowing down to 50 on a bridge…The zones go 60-50-60 in a short distance!

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  24. Omg I from Ontario and it drives me crazy the drivers here.

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  25. Well – these drivers are everywhere. I’m visiting in eastern Canada right now, and it’s the same, just different bad habits, for different folks.

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  26. Turning left into the right hand lane (and vice versa), not signalling, last minute land changes, running yellow lights when there’s plenty of time to stop so you don’t force drivers to turn left on a red, speeding, impeding, tailgating, you name it. I see it all and my commute is only 10 to 15 minutes twice a day! You’re preaching to the choir and one in probably a thousand that has ranted here but it never changes and only gets worse in winter.

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  27. I think that Edmonton has a lot of people new to Canada living here that may have never had the opportunity to operate a vehicle before they moved here.

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    • Not a suitable excuse
      That’s what drivers training is for. If you do not know how to drive safely you should not be driving….

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    • Amanda Nic Amanda Nic says:

      But look at who is teaching them how to drive? Cant learn from the same

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    • Jeff Selzler Jeff Selzler says:

      If they would just stay off their phones things would be alot smoother sailing. I’m referring to not only the people that recently moved here but even more so the people who have lived here their entire life. I know for a fact that people are on their phones constantly, whenever I stop at a traffic light I have a quick gawk at the people around me and 9 times out of 10 I always see someone texting or talking on their phone. I personally think this has alot to do with how shitty people are driving these days!

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    • 100% Jeff Selzler, I wish there was a chip in vehicles that blocks smart phone screens from working while the car is in motion.

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    • It’s mostly pick up drivers.

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  28. To delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment. I use this word all the time but never in the context of mentally challenged people.

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  29. Retard: To delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment. I use this word all the time but never in the context of mentally challenged people.

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  30. I drive Henday daily and am continually frustrated and absolutely confused on a regular basis? Why are we slowing down for corners on Henday when then roads are dry? And why are we continually coming to a complete stop anywhere there is merging lanes? I try hard to wrap my brain around it and thought it was the asshats that slow down then try to merge…but could it be the other asshats already on Henday that are always driving up everyone’s asses so there is no room to merge? I threw the word asshats in there to be funny, but I am truly curious what the real problem is. I know I shouldn’t but I get so mad driving back and forth to work, as does most Edmontonians. Isn’t there something each of us can do to be a better driver in our own right to make the commute better for everyone?

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    • Karla Mackay Karla Mackay says:

      I get so mad when I am driving south on the Henday after work and people all slow down near Cameron Heights just before the bridge on a nice, dry day. If we just all kept the same damn speed it wouldn’t be an issue to then drive over the bridge and drive up the hill after that. Pisses me off that you can be driving 100km and then have to come to a screeching halt for whatever reason. And that is all in the left lane where no one is merging into. I can see if the middle lane was like that, becuase of the merging, but people are doing it in the left lane.

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  31. Amanda Nic Amanda Nic says:

    Kathy Reynolds Irion piss off its a offensive word no matter what. It is overyly ignorant

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  32. It’s not Edmonton drivers it’s those moving here. We’ve been driving here for years, it’s the newbies that are the cautious cathies (no offense to anyone named Cathy)

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    • Jessica Ward Jessica Ward says:

      Hey I’m a “new driver” And I’m definitely not scared of the road… to drive here in Edmonton you have to be an aggressive driver or your just gonna end up wasting gas waiting on the Sally sloths

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    • Jade Jasmine Jade Jasmine says:

      I can tell you’re a new driver just by how you talk about driving. It’s not all about being an aggressive driver. Aggressive drivers cause a lot of accidents. Any decent driver will tell you it’s 50/50. Yes, you need to be aggressive but also defensive.

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  33. The best drivers hands down are in Italy! Seriously 🙂 I was born here and thought we had pretty good drivers until I started travelling outside of Canada guess what ..not so much. By the same token they do not have photo radar.

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  34. Kate Ward Kate Ward says:

    I think it was in 1994 when they privatized driver’s licenses… maybe that has something to do with it, maybe not. But I do agree that there are many people on the road who perhaps shouldn’t be. Couple that with the “Me first” attitudes of other drivers and it can be dicey. I for one, can’t wait for all cars on the road to be self driving.

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  35. Take a moment and watch these driver training cars … the teachers are teaching the students very unsafe things… they use the area I am in quite often as practice streets and it makes me cringe

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  36. So I should use the F word to insult people because I am not talking down about homosexuals? I should use the N word because I am not being derogatory directly to black people?

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  37. 100% agree. People drive like idiots in this city. Some guy cut me off on Yellowhead, like swerved in front of my vehicle, I almost hit him and he had the nerve to give ME the finger? lmfao. Every day I am astounded. People here don’t know how to merge.

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  38. Curious how long have you been driving

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  39. This post makes me smile. I haven’t smiled in quite some time. Thank you.

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  40. Honestly. Born and riased here and it blows my mind daily. Sounds exactly what my rant would be.

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  41. Ahem… Flowing with traffic up to the speed limit.

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  42. I can’t believe how many people cut off buses! Every day coming to work on the bus, I see people cut off the bus to pull into the bus lane…where they should not even be in. And several times, my bus has been in an accident…hitting cars that pull out in front of it. More than once, I have been on a bus, and have seen a car come to a stop sign way up the street….with lots of time to pull out….but they sit there, and then when the bus is close, they pull out and get hit by the bus. I really cannot come up with any other explanation as to why this happens other than that they do it on purpose

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  43. Chelsea MacVittie, fag is still used in the UK as cigarette, faggot is a small stick that goes on a fire, the N word didn’t start out as a racial slur and it’s still frequently used in that community.

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  44. I agree with everything except the bridge part. When there’s ice, going the speed limit on bridges is stupid.

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  45. We should be friends

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  46. It’s funny! People born adn rasied here don’t realize how bad Edmonton drivers are until they go away and … sadly…find out that they are a lousy driver too

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  47. Kathy Reynolds Irion I think you know what I meant.

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  48. Tim Harper Tim Harper says:

    Are you sure you aren’t talking about Minneapolis?

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  49. The left lane on a freeway/highway is considered a “passing lane” not a fast lane. Rule of thumb, if you’re going 80 on the Whitemud, stay out of the passing lane.

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    • Sherri Moore Sherri Moore says:

      Even when you are passing, you are required to stay at the speed limit. There are also left turns on the Whitemud so people have a legitimate reason for being there.

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  50. Trina McCloy Trina McCloy says:

    But have you seen the driver training cars teaching to turn using the hand shuffle, not hand over hand? Brilliant, not!

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  51. Anyone ever watch Canada’s Worst Driver??? When the show starts there are 10 bad drivers. At least 4 of them are always from Alberta. Anyone else see something wrong with this stat???
    I’ve been saying for years that it wouldn’t surprise me if people in this province actually “bought” their drivers license. Lol

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  52. You think it’s bad here, you should see the traffic infractions in China! Makes me appreciate our drivers.

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  53. I just love how i have 4 speeding tickets and my insurance goes up but the fact im 30 and dont have a single accident on my record. Bullshit.

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  54. Tony Foster Tony Foster says:

    Sorry dude, this epidemic has spread all over Canada.

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  55. My favourite is when they tailgate. It’s always a BMW, Mercedes or Cadillac SUV and they are always in more of a rush than anyone. Must be a sale at timmies. I, of course, don’t need timmies so I go slower till they back off. If there’s a car next to me, even better. I’ll drive at the same speed and watch him/her bounce lane to lane.

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  56. It doesn’t help that we have an aging population, and we don’t want them all to drive too fast! You could always choose to be patient. Those could be your parents or grandparents.

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  57. Watch your mouth. it’s hard to flow with traffic since photo radar is everywhere. I agree with the merging. As for your other of going slow in passing Lanes drivers are districted driving & not paying full attention. If you don’t like it take your bike?

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  58. Susan Taylor Susan Taylor says:

    Actually you sound like you will fit right in, you sound like someone who has been here for years!

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  59. I’ve lived here for 37 years and still wonder where all these idiots come from too !!!

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  60. Lynn Meger Lynn Meger says:

    This is one of my biggest pet peeves and rants as well. When you are merging into existing traffic, you MUST be travelling at the speed of the EXISTING traffic. There is absolutely zero reason that the merging lane onto the Henday is slowed down to 30-50km/hr. Those lanes, and the exit lanes as well, are ALL more than long enough to ensure that a speed of 100 km/hr is maintained in the right lane.

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  61. Every day I get stuck behind a turtle.

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  62. And nobody seems to shoulder check.

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  63. That’s why I moved out of there the drivers aren’t only stupid they’re retarded

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  64. Lol I do remember that, that guy was an idiot for sure. He must of gotten his license from a cereal box.

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  65. I 200% agree. We spend alot of time in BC and dont have to deal with the same idiots as we do at home in Edmonton

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  66. Mac Simm Mac Simm says:

    You sound stressed. Where did you move from? Balzac?

    You need to move back to get your blood pressure down.

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  67. Yeah, an asshole! Haha!

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  68. I have literally seen so many blocked intersections from people pushing their way thru traffic and if you do not push thru some ahole behind you lays on the horn. Then there are the pick ups who get road rage and bounce off each other in front of you. Yeah, nice.

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  69. My friend said the driving instructor said if you drive me home il pass you. Its been many years now tht he has been driving bt. Ws scary for bit. Didnt knw slow down for corners.

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  70. Because they don’t earn their licenses, they buy them.

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  71. Angela Chwyl Angela Chwyl says:

    Back of the butcher shop! I’ve actually witnessed this!

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  72. All you can do is shake your head and sigh!!

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  73. Yes, I kinda think you may be making a mountain out of a molehill. But that’s just my opinion and I’m still allowed to have that just as I’m still allowed to use the words that I choose.

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  74. You are a very rude person, and I am sure you are not the best driver either. Yes, driving too slowly can be dangerous. Sometimes a merging lane is difficult to merge from as other drivers don’t leave a space. Going under the speed limit does save tickets. Speeding kills.

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  75. Name calling and profanity does nothing to encourage anyone to be attentive to what you are, it seems, having great difficulty expressing using polite intelligent and non offensive language.

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  76. Not just a bad driver, but very mean and disrespectful.

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  77. Love how everyone says it’s only Edmonton actually it’s not as I’ve driven all over Canada this happens alllllll over. It’s because people aren’t properly taught to drive anymore. How many class 5 drives actually took a class??? It should be mandatory for driving, you read a book, learn your parent’s bad driving habits, or pick up from friend driving etc. It’s a vicious circle and sadly no one cares to correct it.

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  78. Steve Blair Steve Blair says:

    I would to state that most drivers in Edmonton are not originally from Edmonton .. They come from other provinces and other countries so to call them Edmonton drivers is not true. As for the worst drivers, try driving in toronto or Montreal or even Winnipeg

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  79. John Massey John Massey says:

    Nobody does “center to center” turning, everybody thinks they are a bus. Signalling is rare.
    Do folks understand what “free flow” means? Every single time someone stops right in front of a free flow sign.
    Put your phones down too. Nothing like being behind a M5 that looks fast but the driver is going 50 in a 70 zone because they are on their phone as you go past them.

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  80. Kathy Reynolds Irion mountain out of mole hill? I typed one sentence as an original post. You are the mountain. Using words like “retard” in an insulting way , knowingly, is being a willful asshole instead just a regular asshole.

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  81. Dave Hickey Dave Hickey says:

    Move back to where you came from if you dont like it here

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    • I lived there Dave. The struggle is real. You guys have a problem.

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    • Dave Hickey Dave Hickey says:

      Ive lived here for 35 years. Ive driven here and in toronto and Vancouver and Calgary and florida and seattle and on and on. There are good and bad drivers everywhere. If ya dont like driving with them take a taxi or ride the bus.

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  82. Joe Krishka Joe Krishka says:

    The amount of driving ‘instructors’ I’ve seen in millwoods breaking the law IS TOO DAMN HIGH

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  83. Jace Cameron Jace Cameron says:

    People aren’t going fast enough for your impatient ass and you think they are stupid? Yep sums up Edmonton really well.

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  84. As someone who lived in Edmonton most of his life, and drove there for 15+ years.
    The struggle is real.
    I can attest to everything that this individual is saying.
    Half the reason I left was due to the stress of driving in Edmonton.

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  85. I love this! Does anybody realize that the majority of people using the two aforementioned roads are most likely not even from Edmonton? They are from all the surrounding towns, and generally when there are problems in these areas it’s during the rush hours. Congestion tends to build up around exits and merges because everyone wants to get home first, and nobody likes to be held back, along with poor city planning. The exits should have been longer, the lights should have a better timing situation in these places, and people like captain shoutout here need to chill out and have a little patience. Yes, people are dumb, everyone is, it’s just unfortunate that so many came to our fair city because that’s where the money is. Come on over and ride the gravy train, but don’t complain about a problem that you’re part of unless you plan to help fix it.

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  86. Win Chan Win Chan says:

    In the first year I moved here:
    – a dodge pickup reversed into me instead of going forward when we were turning onto Ellerslie.
    – someone t boned my passengers side in a parking lot
    – some lady rear ended me in her Range Rover from her rich Bay Street man … no attempt to stop whatsoever

    One morning, someone was driving the wrong way towards me at about 60-70km/h on Calgary trail

    Etc…

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  87. Yes I’m sure people have perfected the art of driving where you’re from to make you the authority on perfect driving lol

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  88. I don’t have the money to pay for unnecessary tickets just to keep up with people who want to go over 100. Call me a bad driver … I need to follow the law!

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  89. Just moved to Montreal from Edmonton last year… trust me. Edmonton isn’t so bad after all. Hahah

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  90. It’s easy. It’s the people who designed these freeways. Take out the merge lane that ends right before you merge a kilometre if not more before the actual merge onto the Henday. Quit bottle necking five roads into one. The road between rabbit hill road and Terwillegar should stay three lanes not two. Get rid of the 1950’s model of letting the developer build the first road. Then when there’s back ups and traffic congestion then four lane it. Edmonton development thinks like a rural town. Not a big city. They should all be fired and more progressive thinking people should be brought in. I have more suggestion but I’ll stop here.

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  91. You should see Kelowna and Vancouver traffic! It’s like Mad Max sometimes mixed with a hearty dose of ‘lord of the flies’

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  92. I have been driving in Edmonton for over 25 years. For the past 10 or so years, I avoid at least 2 accidents a day. (I’ve been in 2 accidents: 1. A garbage truck driver made a right hand turn from the left lane right into me, and 2. I was rear-ended while both me and the person who hit me were stopped at a red light.)
    The problem in this city is dangerous, slow, and non-defensive driving. The city needs to stop focusing on their money-grabbing enforcement of speeding and decreasing speed limits everywhere and start educating new drivers. There should be mandatory and standardized driver education for all new drivers and citizens and re-education for all people who received their licence after the privatization of drivers education.
    The police need to stop sitting in their cars with a photo radar in their hand and start actively stopping dangerous drivers: anyone not driving with the flow of traffic, not signalling, cutting in front of people, zigzagging through traffic, slamming on their brakes for no reason, not paying attention to driving their car, etc., etc.

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