Don't Be the Asshole Who Stops Interstate Traffic to Do Donuts

I can’t believe that there are people out there who still need to hear this, but here it is again: The middle of an interstate is not the place to have your street race meet up. Unfortunately, some dicks thought the I-24 in Antioch, Tennessee was the ideal location to rip out a few donuts, leaving traffic backed up for miles.

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On Saturday February 9, a video taken by a man named Ricardo Suarez was picked up by local news station News Channel 5 in Nashville. It shows a group of people holding up traffic to do some donuts in the middle of the interstate while people look on.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol called the act a “blatant disregard for public safety,” according to local ABC affiliate WKRN, but Suarez mentions that he didn’t see any police presence in the area. That may simply be due to the fact that, y’know, the road was congested so some dumbasses could do donuts.

There’s no word on how long the road was shut down for, but the line of cars backed up behind the guys doing donuts stretches as far as the eye can see. I mean, any amount of time stuck behind fools doing very dumb and illegal things on the highway is far too long.

Unsurprisingly, a whole compilation video of the night’s adventures has popped up on YouTube. The donut stunt is just one of the many stupid things these people got up to on Saturday night. This video, though, puts their plate numbers in full view. Congrats on making the police investigation easier, fellas!

This is the kind of shit that gives car enthusiasts a bad rap. We should not have to say “don’t do donuts on an interstate,” but apparently we do, so consider this your final warning: do not do donuts on an interstate!

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DISCUSSION

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I did some math.

  • Assumption 1: the back up is 2 miles long on this 5-lane freeway, with one car for every 30ft of space.
  • Assumption 2: Average occupancy is 1.5 human per car.
  • Assumption 3: Each car wasted 30 minutes due to this.

That’s 10,560ft * 5 lanes / 30 ft/car = 1,760 cars, with 2,650 humans, wasting a grand total of 1,325 hours of their life.

Every single one of the assholes should be locked up for a minimal of 1,325 hours. The cell should be small, roughly equivalent to the interior volume of a car, i.e. 100 cubic feet; a 5ft x 5ft x 4ft cell will do. Want bigger cell? Serve more time!

And let’s not forget about the monetary loss for the people who got stuck behind. Each should be compensated for ~30 minutes of involuntary confinement. I say $1,000 will do. So the group of asshole should also pay a combined civil penalty of $2.6M.