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#21598 of 22394 Re: Roundabouts? [steve_]
Apr 01, 2013 (11:49 am)
Just make intersections uncontrolled (and prohibit property "owners" from growing hedgerows out to the right of way) - traffic still moves, and drivers have to be alert. Problem solved. Stop signs are lazy policing, which fits right in with our civil engineers and LEOs who are in fact, lazy.
I'm not talking residential streets. I find suburban arterial traffic that is posted at 25-30 to be unreasonably slow.
#21599 of 22394 Re: Roundabouts? [andres3]
Apr 01, 2013 (11:52 am)
In my younger days, I'd blow through those stop signs extra fast to teach those residential neighbors a "lesson!"
LOL! I had to remember when I read this what day it is. Teaching residential neighbors "a lesson" by blowing through stop signs... yeah, right!
#21600 of 22394 Re: Roundabouts? [fintail]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 01, 2013 (12:07 pm)
I'm not talking residential streets.
But I was.
The nearby collector street has a few too many boy racers. That designation usually one step below an arterial.
#21601 of 22394 Re: Roundabouts? [fintail]
Apr 01, 2013 (6:47 pm)
I hate subdivisions cluttered with speed bumps/humps. However, I figure they were placed there due to safety concerns, so as I traverse each one I blow my horn for 2-4 seconds- just to warn passerby and contribute to the safer atmosphere.
Especially if I am driving through the subdivision after 10:00 to 11:00 at night.
#21602 of 22394 Re: Roundabouts? [roadburner]
Apr 01, 2013 (6:26 pm)
Too funny! I guess if you sound the horn and don't hit anybody, you are SAFE !!
#21603 of 22394 The Great Multitasking Lie
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 02, 2013 (9:44 am)
"The myths addressed by the safety group include the notion that hands-free cell phones are safer than handheld models. Research by Carnegie Mellon University indicates that both methods of using a mobile phone result in the same degree of distraction. Whether holding the phone or using hands-free connectivity, the processing of visual images sent to the brain decreases by 37 percent when the person is engaged in a phone conversation while piloting a vehicle."
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Focuses on Myth-Busting
#21604 of 22394 Re: Roundabouts? [roadburner]
Apr 02, 2013 (10:04 am)
I had an interesting situation come up yesterday.
State law dictates that drivers yield right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk. It makes sense, and yet it is not rare at all for a pedestrian to wait at a busy, uncontrolled crosswalk as car after car continually passes without yielding.
There is one location, in particular, where this happens pretty much any time a pedestrian needs to cross, and I generally find myself stopping to grant these pedestrians (who are not overly common here, but do cross from time to time) the right of way. Of course, I always catch the ire of motorists behind me, who often honk or share their frustrations in other creative ways.
So be it; you can't always satisfy everyone.
Yesterday, though, I am near the back of a long string of cars on this stretch of road, all swinging right to merge onto another expressway (and crossing this particular crosswalk in the process). The snow berms along both sides of the road here are about 4-5' high, and I'm driving my Fiesta, which puts my eye level at about 48" off the ground.
Turns out, there is a pedestrian on the right (which is completely in my blind spot due to the snow berms) who has been waiting for this string of vehicles without a single one of them stopping for him. Mind you, they were all pickups and SUVs, so their ride heights were sufficient to allow them to see this man waiting well in advance. Finally, he gets fed up and simply walks out into the road... right in front of me! Well, happy day that my brakes work very well, because I couldn't even see him until I was probably 40' away.
So, he starts barking at me how he has right of way and that I'm "required by law" to stop for him. I rolled down the window and politely stated that he is absolutely right - the law does grant him right of way, and I would have been happy to stop for him had I been able to see him through the snow berm. I then reminded him that he is responsible for his own safety, and that the law isn't going to keep him from being dead.
He walked on, and I drove on. Oh, and amazingly, the car(s) behind me didn't honk or rear-end me, thank goodness!
#21605 of 22394 Re: Roundabouts? [xwesx]
Apr 02, 2013 (10:40 am)
Might help remind to pedestrians who decide to test whether a car or their bodies can better withstand a collision that it's better to be alive than right.
#21606 of 22394 Re: The Great Multitasking Lie [steve_]
Apr 02, 2013 (10:49 am)
It would be interesting to see where the funding comes from. I'd rather be around someone yapping into a speaker than holding a phone or texting.
Today I was on a 4 lane arterial, I am in the far right lane, MB R-class beside me, I was moving past, as she was going slow, as I just got my nose level with hers, she hits the signal and starts moving over. I hit the horn, she jerked back. She then gets behind me, I later get into the left lane for an upcoming turn, she soon then gets in the left lane and turns left - having no reason to be in the right lane to begin with (she wasn't passing anyone - she was in fact the obstructor). Not all there.
#21607 of 22394 Re: The Great Multitasking Lie [fintail]
Apr 02, 2013 (11:01 am)
I have absolutely no doubt that the level of distraction is the same, even as it would be with the same conversation happening with a passenger in the same vehicle.
That said, the real difference between hands-free (or passenger) versus holding a phone is that the ability to react (once the "driver" recognizes the need to do so) is not inhibited by holding a device.