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The Florida Highway Patrol has recommended that prosecutors rescind a $166 ticket issued to a driver who crashed trying to avoid a sofa in the road. The driver, who wasn't named by the media, was traveling on I-95 in February when the sofa fell off a truck in front of her vehicle and began tumbling towards it. The driver swerved to avoid the sofa, and her vehicle hit the median and overturned. A Highway Patrol trooper ticketed the driver for failure to drive within a single lane. A Highway Patrol spokesman initially defended the ticket. But after several media outlets picked up the story, supervisors met and agreed to ask prosecutors to drop the ticket.

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  1. Sometimes it’s just better to crash on the couch.

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  2. Sounds to me like following too close and reckless driving – the lady should have seen the badly-loaded truck and stayed the hell away from it, couches generally don’t just fall off of trucks unless the truck has been loaded by dumbasses. Same with ladders and 2×4’s and dryers, you can look at the shit hanging unsecured off a truck and a moment’s thought ought to register “that’s an accident waiting to happen”.

    1. So, you’re saying she should have paid the ticket?

      1. Jerry assumes that on a multi-lane highway he sees all, knows all, and would rightly avoid the accident by following along behind the truck and waiting for it to happen, rather than passing the truck and avoiding the problem entirely.

        For all we know, the truck was overtaking her on the left, saw the sofa was loose, changed lanes to pull over, and lost the couch in the process. She could’ve absolutely been driving the speed limit and following the car in front of her at a safe distance, but who are we to question Jerry’s infinite wisdom?

  3. “You have to look at the totality of the circumstances,” he had said.

    The “totality” being the very public pile-on and widespread ridicule.

  4. We all can speculate as to what exactly happened and why, and we’ll probably all be wrong, But, basic human instinct is to survive, and no citation can be ticket that away.

    1. Forgive my hurried editing; I’m sure you got the gist.

  5. It’s just a ticket. Why the fuck were prosecutors even involved? Oh yeah, Florida, the magical state.

    1. Who do you think prosecutes tickets?

  6. What a selfish person. Doesn’t she know the state needs that fine money?

  7. Please tell me “Florida Man” has been fired from the police force for making Barney Fife look like a genius.

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