I’m a UK native but as a partial resident to the US I am familiar with the option to turn right (I know, not always the case) at a highway intersection even if the light is red.
Here in the UK however- No such option exists. And to be honest, it is a real Pain in the ***. The time I waste every day, just sitting at the lights waiting to turn (Left here) - when any idiot can see it’s clear to go!!>:(
I detest sequential remote controls.
Why do I have to step through every device to get to the one
I need. Why in blazes if they have labels for each device I
can’t hit that device and have it change to that device as
well as set the keys on the remote? Why do I have to hit
the device to change the keys then hit Input Select 8 times with
a 5 second pause between each keypress??? That’s 40 seconds to get to
device #8! Arrrrghhh!
Traffic calming devices, including three speed bumps on one block of a street, one that is like 3 feet in front of a stop sign!
Red light traffic cameras that make cabbies afraid to turn right on red when it IS legal, and make people screech to a stop on yellow and almost get rear-ended. The city makes no bones about it being a REVENUE measure, not a safety measure.
On Sat, 18 Apr 2009 03:16:01 +0000, heinrich773 wrote:
> Traffic calming devices, including three speed bumps on one block of a
> street, one that is like 3 feet in front of a stop sign!
Common when people tend to blow through the stop sign.
Speaking of things that annoy us, people who drive too fast and ignore
stop signs/lower speed limits/people in orange vests, especially in
construction zones (the street in front of our house happens to be under
> Red light traffic cameras that make cabbies afraid to turn right on red
> when it IS legal, and make people screech to a stop on yellow and almost
> get rear-ended. The city makes no bones about it being a REVENUE
> measure, not a safety measure.
True, very true. There’s oen state here in the US that recently outlawed
the red light cameras.
Where I live in the UK. ‘The Lake District National Park’. It’s very beautiful. But people come here on Vacation - They have all the time in the world - Driving around looking at the scenery… SLOWLY…>:)
Couple that with the large resident population of OAP’s, many who should NOT even be driving IMO. Grrrr.
Our local Town, Kendal is employing more traffic calming and management ideas. ‘Town Planners - Think - Umm… How can we make driving more difficult, let’s slow the traffic down, make the roads narrower, stop people making short cuts, remove half the parking and make the remaining parking bays smaller to fit more in, start digging up the main roads during the Summer when it’s really busy’.
I could go on…
Here in beautiful Los Angeles, it is rare to encounter a left turn arrow. Most of the time you wait at a light without an arrow until the light turns yellow, and the last overly-zealous, marauding driver flies through the intersection as the light turns red…at which point one lucky, now endangered driver turns left as quickly as possible, leaving the line of other turning cars to await their game of Russian-roulette.
What is absolutely unbelievable, though, is the driver who isn’t poised and ready to take advantage of the glimmering green left turn arrow when it is encountered…instead, they sit there as the precious seconds tick by and other drivers honk hysterically to wake them from their stupor. By that time, it often happens that they are the only ones to make it through.
This I say is the most credible argument for a gridded map of one-way streets.
That’s why smart people in the UK invented roundabouts. UK has had them for years (I lived in Bucks for 3 years) and they are just starting to catch on here in the US. It’s a better option to your prolbem than the law you point out. I wish most intersections that had stoplights/stopsigns would be changed to roundabouts. Saves the frustration you point out, and is friendly on the environment by not making cars stop.
Interesting POV Kim. And what you say is true. Though I do recall roundabouts in Massachusetts when I was there some time ago. Maybe New England has inherited some British traditions in that respect. Certainly though where I live in Fl. they are pretty much non-existent - just one or two I have seen. In fact there is one in Gulf Harbors (where our place is) but it doesn’t really count being more or less a community road.
But I am fairly confident that roundabouts on the likes of Hwy 19 & SR 54, would be a recipe for mayhem.