Alaskian Drivers, Vent Your Frustrations on Twitter!
"It just started as a release for me," Mullen said. "Apparently a lot of people need a release."
When "you yell out the window or give them the finger, you really don't get any vindication," said the Twitter feed's co-creator, Molly Hutchins. "This gives you an outlet to vent your frustration to others and feel like you've gotten a little justice."
When AKBadDrivers was in its early stages, Hutchins was saying "I kept seeing more and more angry ones, and I said, 'Why don't I set one up just for that?' . Then we said, 'Why can't we let other people post to it, too?' "
According to CNN, soon after Molly appeared on a morning radio show hosted by “Movin’ 04.9” and featured in two articles from Anchorage Daily News, the feed’s followers number quickly went up. It has now 698 and keeps on climbing.
What is really interesting is that Mullen and Hutchins, which are both editing and contributing to the site, allow frustrated drivers to post even the license plates of those who get on their nerves.
And they are a lot! Posts that call-out red-light runners, close-parker, hit-and-runners, cell-phone chatterers and many other are possible in a limit of 140 characters and most of them are posted anonymously.
Examples from the Twitter feed are pretty relevant.
“Hey, guy in the white ford focus! If you'd drive the speed limit, not 15mph lower, you wouldn't have to run the red light.”
“Geek Squad bug on Northern Lights -- does your car come with turn signals? Let's use 'em.”
“Green Jeep Liberty fcx563 on Spenard--there are two lanes and then one, and yours goes away. MERGE ALREADY!!”