There is never ever an excuse for running out of gas. It doesn't cost one
single penny to more to run on the top half of a tank of gas as it does on the
bottom half. The trick is to fill your tank at the half mark instead of the
Sheesh, talk about no sympathy for people in hard times. Perhaps
UDOT should have thought of this before making a 25-mile construction zone with
very few emergency pulloffs or exits, but no no... it's the citizens who will
pay the price.
Rifleman: As much as I would love to do that, some weeks I really just have a
dollar or two in my account untill my next paycheck, this is not mindless
spending, its called having a newborn, with bad insurance.
I have to agree with Rifleman. There is no excuse. If all you have is a dollar
or two and you MUST drive on I-15 CORE then spend it on gas. Don't drive out
there on or near empty. It is just to dangerous for you and the rest of us.
One stalled car can quickly end up as a massive pile-up with people being
injured and/or killed.
But it's also bad for your car to let it run out of gas, isn't it? I know they
used to say it could stir up sediment and send it through your engine. Don't
know if that's still the case. Bricha, I've been there. It's not
easy, that's for sure.
Well said Rifleman.
I don't think the patrons are to blame in this instance. Appears to be poor
planning on the part of UDOT and they should have expected this result. Fining
those who run out of gas is rubbing salt in the wound. As indicated by the
figures, a factor driving the high number is gas prices indicating that it's
financial pressures not stupidity. The later lies squarely on UDOT.
Remember that the E on your gas guage doen't stand for Extra !!
Blaming UDOT is a cheap shot. Roads have to be maintained. Getting work done
on I-15 means inconvenience, no way around that. Incredible planning and
logistics go into a project like that. Doing it in smaller stretches just
pushes up the cost. Then youd be whining about wasted tax dollars. We all
understand that the economy is bad and gas prices are high; we all feel it. If
you cant keep your tank full enough to avoid running out of gas in this stretch
of road, stay off I-15; take a different route. Its not rocket science.
Suggest we fine UDOT officials and contractors for putting out red barrels and
closing lanes with no work going on. At $97 per excess barrel it would be
enough to recoup the $13 million wrongfully paid by UDOT.
Re: bricha | 2:56 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011 There has been more than 1 pilot
who decided he probably had enough fuel to get him home and paid with his life
for a wrong guess. You are placing your life and the life of others in danger
when you ran out of gas on the freeway.
I'm just glad I avoud Southern Utah like the plague.
I am not always on the side of the police but this is a great decision. It
really does foul things up when a person runs out of gas. Be responisible fill
up before you drive on the freeway. Don't have the money to buy gas? Take the
bus, trax, get a ride etc. don't make the rest of us pay for a bad decision.
@justaguy: Sure, roads do have to be maintained. But they can only work on a few
miles at a time. Why block off a 25-mile stretch for YEARS? If they're not doing
work on a section then it should be open for traffic.