Motorcyclist hit by van in HOV lane of LIE

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A motorcyclist was seriously injured on the Long Island Expressway in Holbrook Wednesday when a van swerved into his lane and hit his bike, the Suffolk police said.
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Since: Dec 06

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May 8, 2008
 
once again a motorcyclist doing the right thing was hit by an idiot on the road.
people do not see where they are going or what they are doing when they are driving. the only thing that matters is that we are always in front of anyone behind us and we always have the right of way no matter what the signs or common sense tells you.
if someone is a car that's smaller or even a motorcycle, then we have no problem getting in front of them.
no we have a moron who was alone in his van but just had to get onto the HOV. why? because it's normally faster.
but he didn't give a dam about looking before make a move. and the fact that he failed to hear a harley tells me that he either had the radio too loud, was listening to an IPOD or was talking on the cell phone.
this is a guy that deserves nothing less then a burial plot.
i hope and pray Steven Johnson fully recovers.
Shoot First

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May 8, 2008
 
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.

Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
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May 8, 2008
 
Not only was the LIE backed up for miles. but so was the service road and EVERY other road within a 5 mile radius of the accident.The roads around the LIE are not capable of handling the traffic in a situation like this. Closing the ENTIRE 4 lanes of traffic should not be done.It is a hazard to everyone else on the road as people begin to take things into their own hands. I couldnt even count how many people were exiting the wrong way down the ON ramps because there was no where else to go. This is absolutely absurd.
Jim

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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.
Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
Um excuse me, but motorcycles and clean pass vehicles are allowed in the HOV lane as well regardless of how many occupants there are. The problem is the COMPLETE IDIOTS who cross the divider illegally because they cant deal with the traffic.
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May 8, 2008
 
Coach Bus and motorcycles are aloud in the HOV lane I always wondered the same thing but they are permitted

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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.
Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
are you stupid or something?
next time your on the LIE take a look at the signs.
motorcycles are allowed on the HOV because of butt head drivers on the main highway. it's a safer place to ride.
they also conserve gas much more then anything else on the road. hybrids included. which by the way are now allowed on the HOV lane with only the driver in the car. even during rush hour.
the entire concept of the HOV is to cut down on traffic as well as encourage people to conserve gas by car pooling.
now stop suggesting that the biker in this story was wrong in anyway shape or form.
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May 8, 2008
 
dan p wrote:
once again a motorcyclist doing the right thing was hit by an idiot on the road.
people do not see where they are going or what they are doing when they are driving. the only thing that matters is that we are always in front of anyone behind us and we always have the right of way no matter what the signs or common sense tells you.
if someone is a car that's smaller or even a motorcycle, then we have no problem getting in front of them.
no we have a moron who was alone in his van but just had to get onto the HOV. why? because it's normally faster.
but he didn't give a dam about looking before make a move. and the fact that he failed to hear a harley tells me that he either had the radio too loud, was listening to an IPOD or was talking on the cell phone.
this is a guy that deserves nothing less then a burial plot.
i hope and pray Steven Johnson fully recovers.
Where did it say he wanted to get into the HOV or that he was jockeying for position? He was probably on the cell phone or looking elsewhere and veered into the lane.
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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.
Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
Well if you knew the laws you'd know that motorcycles are aloud in the HOV lane.
The roads are Long Island are a very scary place lately....everyone is in such a hurry and usually mulit-tasking while they drive. Everyone needs to slow down and pay attention to what they are doing. Everyday I see impatient people blowing by stopped school buses, running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic and speeding in residential areas......and I think, where are you going that you need to get there so fast? Also if you think you look cool driving recklessly you are sadly mistaken.......lets see how cool you look in the morgue or God forbid standing over a child you have killed because of your carelessness.
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May 8, 2008
 
Motorcycles are allowed in the HOV lane. Know what you're talking about before posting.
NIMBY Island

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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE.
Same goes for the Toyota Prius, keep them out of the HOV lanes unless they have 2 or more people in them. Most crawl along causing dangerous traffic backups.
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May 8, 2008
 
First of all the motorcycle was not in the wrong. He was driving the right speed.

Second from what the article says the VAN SWERVED into the HOV.

Third people need to drive like they have some sense. The nice weather is coming so that means more motorcycles, bicylcist, etc. We need to learn to share the road and stop acting like we are the only person on the road.
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May 8, 2008
 
Jim wrote:
Not only was the LIE backed up for miles. but so was the service road and EVERY other road within a 5 mile radius of the accident.The roads around the LIE are not capable of handling the traffic in a situation like this. Closing the ENTIRE 4 lanes of traffic should not be done.It is a hazard to everyone else on the road as people begin to take things into their own hands. I couldnt even count how many people were exiting the wrong way down the ON ramps because there was no where else to go. This is absolutely absurd.
they closed all four lanes because debris and bodies were strewn all over the road moron....guess you wouldn't mind running over a muffler or a leg as long as you get home on time, huh?
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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.
Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
Most HOV lanes around the country permit motorcycle travel. I believe this is true for the LIE. Check the signs. Bottom line is that on the LIE too many people ignore the fact that they must use ONLY the entrances and exits which are clearly marked. And ... a van with a one occupant (the driver) doesn't belong there in the first place. This driver is clearly one who ignores traffic laws and this time his negligence caught up to him. Too bad he had to involve an innocent victim as well.
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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.
Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE ON THE L.I.E.?
CHECK AGAIN DUMMY, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DRIVE ALOT LIKE PERSON WHICH CUT INTO THE HOV LANE. SOUNDS LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!
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NIMBY Island wrote:
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Same goes for the Toyota Prius, keep them out of the HOV lanes unless they have 2 or more people in them. Most crawl along causing dangerous traffic backups.
DUMMY WHAT ABOUT THE HONDAS?
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MASTIC wrote:
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DUMMY WHAT ABOUT THE HONDAS?
Get them all out of HOV, I hate having to slow down for those things.
Syd

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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.
Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
Motorcycles are allowed in the HOV. Again, this is the reason I don't ride out here. I have a motorcycle that I would rather ride in Manhattan then on Long Island. People on Long Island drive like a-holes.
Mary

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May 8, 2008
 
I thought HOV was for more than one person at 5:13 PM?
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May 8, 2008
 
Shoot First wrote:
Why is a motorcycle in the HOV lane to begin with?!?! HOV = HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE. Last time I checked, a motorcycle wasn't high occupancy.
Terrible that he got injured, but he shouldn't have been there in the 1st place.
Motorcycles and Clean Pass vehicles ARE allowed in the HOV lane. You make this statement like you know what you are talking about. If you ever read the sign above the HOV lane you would know that they ARE permitted.
concerned

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May 8, 2008
 
Renee wrote:
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Well if you knew the laws you'd know that motorcycles are aloud in the HOV lane.
The roads are Long Island are a very scary place lately....everyone is in such a hurry and usually mulit-tasking while they drive. Everyone needs to slow down and pay attention to what they are doing. Everyday I see impatient people blowing by stopped school buses, running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic and speeding in residential areas......and I think, where are you going that you need to get there so fast? Also if you think you look cool driving recklessly you are sadly mistaken.......lets see how cool you look in the morgue or God forbid standing over a child you have killed because of your carelessness.
I couldn't agree with you more.

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