Hi, fellow Houston drivers.
Listen, if you ever drive on 610 or Interstate 59 and use the intersection of those two freeways, we need to talk. There's a real problem. You should probably sit down.
This week alone, there have been two serious accidents at that location. One involved an overturned truck that blocked the freeway for the whole day. The second was Thursday morning in rush-hour traffic and log-jammed the place yet again. That interchange has been ranked as one of the worst in the entire state of Texas. It's an awful place, filled with angry drivers and the twisted metal rubble from accidents of days gone by. It's freaking Thunderdome.
So, I have two questions for you, dear driver.
1. Why do you drive there, like ever?
If you work or live in that general area, I guess I get it, but I lived very near there for a year and I avoided that interchange like it was Amanda Bynes on crack. Not only is it a crazy intersection, but it's nearly always jam-packed with traffic. Why not take Westpark or one of the side roads? Why subject yourself to daily danger, anguish and stress?
2. Why can't you be more careful?
Seriously, people there drive like Amanda Bynes on crack. In fact, Amanda Bynes on Crack is what they should call that whole area. People fly across multiple lanes to make their exit. They do this most frequently to get to the Galleria, as if Nordstrom was going to sell out of that $1,000 pair of sunglasses before they get there. THEY CAN BACK-ORDER IT, DAMNIT! If you know the area is dangerous, why not proceed with caution instead of suddenly turning into a stunt driver from The French Connection?
My point is that this is an area that is constantly loaded with traffic and very often the people in that traffic don't know what the hell they are doing. I drove through there once and literally saw a woman putting on mascara in the mirror with one hand and holding her cell phone in the other. She was driving with her freaking knees down the freeway while staring into her own reflection.
I saw another guy there in a Hummer who was weaving across lanes of traffic, whipping in between cars while eating a burger and talking on the phone. Way to go, Bro-Ham. I hope you enjoyed your thrill ride.
So, if you are going to/have to drive through this interchange at any time in the future, think of your safety, think of the safety of others, THINK OF THE CHILDREN, and drive like a normal, sane human being. If you simply can't do that, you might want to consider retiring from driving. We'd all be better off for it.
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