By ugh - 21/04/2012 05:12 - United States - Athens
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Hmm I don't fully understand... Couldn't you have just told the police you were heading straight home? I live in a city that doesn't really have a curfew so I don't know what the consequences would be... Either way that's pretty bad luck, next time maybe try to make it home before curfew. :/
In some states, for example, Massachusetts, there is a curfew for all drivers under the age of 18, no matter what city you live in. Normally, there is a grace period, where you can't be ticketed, but if you are later than the grace period, your fucked. And normally, the punishment is around a month's suspension and a requirement to retake your driving test, so its a pretty serious thing, and I would've backtracked too (I would've made sure I had enough gas first). I could be wrong about the punishment though.
I didnt know about a curfew for driving. I know our city has has a rule that by 11 you shouldnt be walking around the streets, and a provisional license says in the first year of ownwrship you cant drive between 11pm and 5am, however if you get it at 16 that ends when your 17 and still minor. So really it varies a lot throughout the US.
We have a curfew for under 18 too, just in general for not being where you should be regardless of what you're doing. If you get pulled over though, police will more than likely let you go home if that is the direction you're headed. Besides, if there was a roadblock, they're probably trying to catch people doing something a bit more serious than breaking curfew.
In Maryland we can't be on the road from 12 to 5. I don't really get the purpose of the curfew it's not going to be any darker at 12 than 11 and if people are drunk driving they're breaking a different law. I'll break the curfew if it's a special event (midnight movie showing, black Friday shopping) but I get permission from my parents first. Parents should be in charge of these things cause on certain occasions it's really inconvenient and I know my mom doesn't want to pick me up from the movies at 2.
I don't really understand the reason for these curfews? I've never heard about it before. In my country/city there're no curfews on anything at any time! We don't usually go out (to bars or clubs) until 11pm or even as late as 1 am. It's pretty normal to stay out till 6 am. - then again, no one here would ever drive to a party, they'd just take the bus or metro.
Except most drunk drivers who are out doing stupid things ARE young people, and they will do it regardless. The annoying thing about curfews is that they assume if you black out the time they'd usually do these stupid things then they won't get to do them, as though they're incapable of adjusting their schedule to these new hours. Kids will still do stupid shit on the roads, only now some of them will be doing it when there's more cars around because they aren't allowed to drive late at night when the roads are practically empty. Others are breaking a law by drinking and driving and are taking a risk already, I doubt the curfew law is going to make a difference to them. "Oh no guys, I can't drive drunk tonight, its after curfew"...Doubt it. Plenty of them would therefore take taxi's but only the one's who had planned to do that in the first place. I don't know what genius came up with that stupid ass idea, but when it comes to politics they just need to look like they're trying to solve an issue - regardless of how stupid their tactics really are.
I really don't understand this. They don't want youngsters to drive at night because accidents will happen? Yeah, there is obviously lower visibility at night, but older folks with poorer eyesight are even worse off. If they got a curfew, everyone would go fucking ballistic (idk about America but we would in the UK) but as soon as it comes to young people it seems to be completely acceptable.
How sad and ironic. What's up with curfew? People are just going to break 'em.
Enter ninja mode! Run/walk/jog home. Get some gas in the morning somehow, and then run/walk/jog back to your car. Fill it up. Problem solved. (Terms and conditions apply)
No! NO! I'm sorry, but you have a gas gauge. If you only had to go a mile out of your way, that means you've been driving around with the gas light on for MILES! My vehicle...an SUV...gets 50 more miles when that light turns on! OP couldn't have gotten home, woken up the next morning and gone to get gas...there wouldn't have been enough in the tank to get him there!!! You're too stupid to tank up, you break curfew and avoid the police, you deserve to sit on the side of a dark road.
Just push the car home. When the officers stop you and ask what you are doing, tell them you tried to make it home before curfew but ran out of gas.
Technically, metawolf's first comment IS genius. Because of the lack of information provided, we can only presume that the one mile distance between where the car ran out of gas and op's house is neither uphill nor downhill (flat). We can also only presume that op drives a true car, say for instance a Honda civic sedan, rather than a Ford F250 V8 powerstroke turbodeisel Crew cab sitting on 38 inch mud tires. Being that it does weigh a substantial amount (est. 2500lbs), it would require SOME physical strength to push the vehicle. However, because cars do sit on circular wheels, and not square blocks, it is easier to push because all you have to do is get it started and then the physical energy and strength requires to keep the car rolling is decreased drastically. It would also be a great excuse for the police. The only flaw in the plan is the fact because this FML was posted on 4/20, we can not tell wether or not op was stoned or drunk, which both impair motor skills, bot to mention a cop will suspect something if you are barely able to walk or your eyes are extremely bloodshot. Also we do not know what type of physical shape op is in. And to those thinking that a girl can't push a car, quit being sexist. It is possible.
145, thank you. Just expressing my thoughts and proving that whoever called metawolf an idiot is in fact the real idiot in this situation. Gotta learn to be quick witted and think outside the box every once and a while. You would love my emergency plan if I know I'm getting pulled over for going way too fast. I believe it's genius, but that's just me.
I'm glad I live in Denmark! We don't have any curfews or driving restrictions or whatever. Then again, we can't drive until we're 18, but we really have no reason to take a license any sooner. It's way cheaper to go by bus or metro anyway :D and that way, you don't have to worry about who's gonna be designated driver :D
What's a legal curfew and why do you have one? We don't have these in England and I'm a bit baffled haha.
We don't have a curfew in Australia either but we do have restrictions for provisional drivers. P1 drivers can only drive a max. speed limit of 90km/hr & P2 drivers can go 100km/hr. They can't drive a car with 8 or more cylinders, a turbocharged/supercharged engine and a modified engine. P1 drivers under the age of 25 can only carry one passenger under the age of 21 between 11pm and 5am. I like that they have them off the roads by this time. The majority of accidents for young drivers was drink driving and speeding at night due to less traffic :/