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Traffic light

By ProblemSolverSolutionSeeker ·
I noticed the heavy volume on a recent post on bad drivers.

I spend almost 2 hours a day in traffic. I should carry a clicker sometime and count all of the traffic lights I go through, but it is upwards of 50 or more one way.

In this day of IT, why are traffic lights so horrible? There is one light that I have to go around since it will not allow me to go straight. Another light, that does left turn arrow first and only - yet no one ever turns that way. I see left turn lights that stay green way too long as well. I will not mention the light that catches me every morning that is there just for a department store that starts with a W*. Another light just seems to be there for the h of it. I could go on and on.

I estimate that 20-30 minutes a day are lost because lights are not operating properly.

Does any one else feel this way?

Is it safe to say that fixing these lights would greatly improve traffic and reduce pollution?

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6th Amendment

by RFink In reply to Advance warning needed

I wonder if someone sued on the basis that the 6th amendment gives you the right to face your accuser. In the case of a camera, who's your accuser?

I also wonder where the constitution allows law enforcement to be delegated to machines?

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6th Amendment Redux

by NickNielsen In reply to Advance warning needed

Your accuser is the law enforcement officer holding the pictures. The Supreme Court considers this a non-issue.

Your other issue is also a non-issue; driving is a privilege. It may be a necessity for most of us, but it is not a right.

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"fine fine" link addendum - "Instruments of the devil" :0 :^0

by OnTheRopes In reply to One of the nice things ab ...
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by NickNielsen In reply to "fine fine" link addendum ...

Love the new avatar! :^0

Part of the success of the intersection cameras in Germany is that the intersections are well-marked and I don't remember any "short" yellow lights. Most of the time, they were 4 seconds or more in duration

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And if you don't pay, will they get Interpol after you?

by Why Me Worry? In reply to One of the nice things ab ...

I doubt they will go so far as to chase after a foreigner for a stupid traffic ticket. They can't detain you at the airport for such a silly thing either.

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by TonytheTiger In reply to Didn't they teach you?

Fake out the computer system, so that it's more efficient for YOU, but disrupts the pattern for everyone else! After all, it's all about you, isn't it?

(this is numebr two on the list of things drivers do that irk me. Number one is running the yellow, only to have to stop in the middle of the intersection, blocking cross traffic (which should draw a prison term in my book!)

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Let me clarify, Tony

by NickNielsen In reply to Great!

I usually only do it at intersections where, for whatever reason, the left turn lane has its own signal and there is no left turn without a green arrow. If you don't game the system at these intersections, you may sit through two or three cycles of the light before enough cars gather to trip the sensor.

I don't usually worry about it if a left turn is allowed on a solid green light. If somebody pulls in behind me, I move forward. And if there is nobody behind me, the left turn signal is usually timed so that it turns yellow as I enter the intersection.

As for running the yellow to get caught in the intersection, this is the major cause of gridlock. My brother tells me New York City has essentially eliminated it by making the fines equivalent to those for speeding. I've heard that in Boston, they'll tow you out of the intersection with you still in the car.

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Oh, and third and fourth.

by TonytheTiger In reply to Let me clarify, Tony

Third are rubberneckers, those who slow down passing by accident scenes to see if they can catch a glimpse of a stray body part, oblivious to those behind them who are trying to avoid looking, and fourth are the idiots, who upon seeing a "left lane closed ahead" sign, will swing out into the left lane, race up to the point of closure, then force their way back in.

The ironic thing is many of these people who ***** and moan about the location and timing of traffic lights, the cameras at intersections, etc. are themselves the very reason these things were installed!

Little do they realize that it works both ways. I have seen lights removed, or the timings quickened... when drivers started showing signs of responsibility. If people quit running the light... pretty soon the government will question the feasibility of maintaining that camera at that intersection.... and use that money to fix potholes on their street!

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I hate rubberneckers

by NickNielsen In reply to Oh, and third and fourth.

There's nothing worse than hitting a slowdown in rush-hour traffic only to discover that there has been a wreck in the opposite lanes and people are slowing down to check it out, even though the only ones who can see over the barrier are truckers.

As for those that run up the lane that's closing due to construction, the SC State Police tend to hang around where that lane closes. Not too many people run up there in the face of the blue lights more than once. For freeway lane reductions, many drivers are becoming irritated enough to not let the morons back in. I've seen more than one idiot hit the grass recently.

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Arrogant drivers who want to outrun you on the onramp to merge

by Why Me Worry? In reply to I hate rubberneckers

I've had my share of arrogant jackasses who think that the onramp to the highway is some sort of drag racing strip that entitles them to outrun me in the right lane and cut me off. I have forced many jerkoffs to either slow the **** down or risk running out of road because they have no choice but to slow down or sideswipe me to merge (which they don't want to do). I'll let drivers merge, but if they think they're going to get cute and play Nascar with me, they will end up hitting the guard rail.

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