• Oct 30, 2006

More widely used in Europe than in America, retractable concrete-reinforced pillars, placed underneath the road, do a much better job than wooden toll arms or even tire-snagging spikes at stopping traffic from getting into restricted areas.

As this video demonstrates however, some of the (evidently) less intelligent drivers on the road have tried to outsmart these simple pilings and have failed miserably, to the detriment of their vehicles.

Bit of advice: if you see one of these columns retract to let a car through, don't try to squeeze through. It won't work. But watching others try is a load of fun! (The music is just the icing on the cake.)

[Source: Motorpasion via Winding Road]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh snap. Should have got a motorcycle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't feel too bad for the black vehicle and the damage it caused. Watch the video and you'll notice he cuts off a woman with her baby in a stroller...
      • 8 Years Ago
      @24 - This is the entrance/exit to St. Ann's Square in Manchester which is a pedestrianised shopping area. They are there to stop people using it as a cut through.
      In 1996 the IRA exploded the largest bomb ever detonated on main land Britain in Manchester city centre on the Saturday before Mothering Sunday. Not 100 yards from where these barriers are. They used a wagon packed to the gills with fertiliser. These bollards help stop vehicles being driven too close to pedestrian areas. Now put on your racoon skin hat, head back up your mountain and keep your eyes open for any more of those black helicopters.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It obvious that these people are trying to "beat the system." If you watch the black CRV closely you can see that he cuts the pedestrians off and accelerates to make it into the lot.

      I'd love to see these in the US.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is in the UK... And don't tell me that "ohh I was lost" fairy tale: these guys knew what they were doing: they were trying to be "smarter" than the system: and I don't pity them... In fact: I quite enjoy seing these "smart-butt" guys taking what they deserve.

      By now, you know I don't like those guys who think they can "out-smart" everyone else :) it's true...
      • 8 Years Ago
      That last car is clearly trying to make it through. If you watch it again, you can see him accelerating! He's a moron and deserves what he got!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really, really, really, really, really want that for my driveway. Really.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You keep forgetting that this is the land of litigation, Unscrupulous attorneys in the US would have a field day with this. Especially is someone gets seriously hurt. Remember the idiot woman who places a scalding hot cup of coffee in her lap, in a moving car. Then sued McDonalds and won millions when it burned her?

      BTW: these are already here in NYC, but mostly at parking garages for private instutitions. No municipality would ever place these on a public thoroughfare.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is definitely not Europe! Maybe an island close to Europe, but not mainland Europe!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Manchester and know of the actual bollards in the video. The amount of signage leading up to these is so apparent you'd have to consciously know that you're driving in a restricted zone, to be there you'd have to be a complete idiot, as all those shown here indeed are, to be caught by these. I've seen a small van get stuck on them, but they were blatantly trying to beat the one-way system so it served them right. Unfortunately they had virtually no damage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "clearly that man would never take such a risk with his own young baby." Brad, I wish you were right, but you're not. And the way he was driving he didn't just risk his baby, but pedestrians, too. And there are millions like him. See how the mother just takes the baby and leaves? I think she had enough. I would have.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think we have plenty of stupid people in america that need to cut out of the gene pool by these things. Send em over. Wonder if something like this could have stopped that old man ran over and killed like 17 people at a farmers market... heard he just got convicted.
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