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Old 04-30-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I guess part of it is that I feel some barriers to entry need to be imposed to driving as the roads are hugely congested and its just a matter of time before anchorage is in grid lock during the rush 3 hours like seattle or LA. I just don't see it as favorable to have our roads start turning into the lower 48. Perhaps as gas prices hit like 7$ a gal the roads will clear up.

The massive number of people all driving is what makes living in the valley and commuting so horrible.
So pretty much what you're saying is that only rich wealthy people should be able to drive cars while the rest of the masses should be regulated to trains and busses.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:29 AM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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The "massive amount of people?" I lived up that way 10 yrs ago and then visited family a few months ago there. There didn't seem to be like a population explosion there. There are more roads around town and they all looked pretty nice to me! I don't remember a lot of overly aggressive drivers or anything like that. But then, the trials and tribulations of the Mat-Su and Anchorage for some, must be overwhelming! Man, don't you get out of town once in a while to realize how much better it is there compared to like L.A.?!
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:34 PM
 
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Maybe better city planning so that more people can live within walking distance of where they work without it costing huge amounts of money. I am currious what the consequences will be for anchorage with more and more congestion. Has places like LA seen any major consequences?
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:42 PM
 
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I don't think its the trucks that are the issue its the trucks that are lifted with boarder line legal exhausts who drag race off the line as soon as the light is green. Or the d bags on the highway who weave in and out of traffic while making huge amounts of noise as they slam on the gas. They only bother me when im not texting or zoned out lol.

they are the same ones in the ditch or totaled as soon as the snow flys but in the summer they can generally get away with their d beggary with little consequence which is why I just zone out and drive like a d bag myself and play with my music or text and force them to slow down from their 80 mph. I don't even know why some of them come up on me in the slow lane than pour on the gas to go around, if your driving 80 why not just stay in the fast lane.

I think anything bigger than an F150 should require a CDL and if you kill someone in your behemoth vehical and its your fault you should get hard time.
Remember the dude who killed the teenagers on the Seward highway with his truck, just because he was in a hurry? Here's how his trial turned out. He's pretty much free as a bird: "supervised probation."

That's Alaska drivers for you. Do what you want, hardly any consequences.

Edited to add: Supervised probation, suspended sentence. So, nothing happened to this guy.

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Old 04-30-2014, 07:58 PM
 
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I'm not opposed to trucks no matter what the size in any state. Just why does there need to be so many in the city of Anchorage? The reasons I'm upset is because trucks are the new thing I guess. I see people who are soccer moms and they use trucks. It's a pointless waste of money, space, gas bill, and it's not useful for your everyday needs in any capacity when other cars are far more useful to somebody's daily life.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I'm not opposed to trucks no matter what the size in any state. Just why does there need to be so many in the city of Anchorage? The reasons I'm upset is because trucks are the new thing I guess. I see people who are soccer moms and they use trucks. It's a pointless waste of money, space, gas bill, and it's not useful for your everyday needs in any capacity when other cars are far more useful to somebody's daily life.

We just need a governmental agency to step in and regulate who can drive what, where they can drive it and how much money they can spend on it. If the Bureau of Automobile Fairness determines that all you need is a Ford Pinto then that's all you get. If people aren't smart enough to figure it out themselves then, by golly, the government should!! In America it's just not fair for people to waste money. They should instead give it to those that don't have enough to waste. They need to bring back the Yugo! Yugo's for everyone!!! Power to the people!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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Remember the dude who killed the teenagers on the Seward highway with his truck, just because he was in a hurry? Here's how his trial turned out. He's pretty much free as a bird: "supervised probation."

That's Alaska drivers for you. Do what you want, hardly any consequences.

Edited to add: Supervised probation, suspended sentence. So, nothing happened to this guy.
That is ultimately why I drive a truck, people are a little less douchy when its another large vehical. Or that one woman that was strung out on prescription drugs and killed some people, she walked as well.

Its safer to fly in Alaska lol.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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That is ultimately why I drive a truck, people are a little less douchy when its another large vehical. Or that one woman that was strung out on prescription drugs and killed some people, she walked as well.

Its safer to fly in Alaska lol.
Double standard! It's okay for him to drive a truck, but not everyone else!
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I'm not opposed to trucks no matter what the size in any state. Just why does there need to be so many in the city of Anchorage? The reasons I'm upset is because trucks are the new thing I guess. I see people who are soccer moms and they use trucks. It's a pointless waste of money, space, gas bill, and it's not useful for your everyday needs in any capacity when other cars are far more useful to somebody's daily life.
How long have you lived in Alaska? Trucks of all kinds have been "the new thing" for years and years, because it's very convenient to haul a heavy camper trailer with it, or to slide-in a camper for the whole family to enjoy, to tow a heavy boat to Chitina, or to Valdez, and so on, to haul construction materials to their homes (or a home being built), to drive on a dirt road full of deep potholes and mud during the spring, and then to haul a trailer loaded with ATV's and camping gear during moose season. Even here in Fairbanks I see hunters from Anchorage.

By the way, would you drive your Yaris on the Dalton, or a truck?

See, the problem with some of you is that you are looking and finding faults in everyone else but yourselves, and this is one of the primary problems we get in Alaska from transplants. A lot of such people create a mess where they live (all kinds of rules, taxes, and all), and the come here and change this place into the mess they have left behind.

I just don't get it! What do you want? Women with clipped hair and only driving Subarus?

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Old 05-01-2014, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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One of the reasons I have driven either a truck or full size SUV for the past 25 years is due to cars getting smaller and smaller. It seems that every few years the roofline on cars get lower. At 6'1" I do not consider myself to be tall. Yet once last year the only rental car I could get was considered a mid-size car. The roofline was so low I had to drive with the top of my head sticking out the open sunroof.
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