Tips on left-hand turns
Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 06:00 am
Of course there was going to be a reaction to the unfortunate accident last weekend on the trail and Hebert intersection. One expects a litany of outcries on how to prevent future situations such as these.
One letter from Wednesday called for a system like California has. That is fine but their advance green clears every left-turning vehicle instead of just a timed system like we have in Canada. Why do we not use this technology at least for some advance greens? California has been doing this for many years.
There is an unacceptably long lineup to get onto Boudreau from Campbell in the afternoon rush. Why? What a waste of fuel and time. And then when I go to work in the early morning they have an advance green to get on to the Henday from Campbell. Here the sight lines are awesome and there isn't even a need for an advance green. I've seen many a person not even slow down for this red light at that time of day.
Another letter writer said that every light must be an advance green. I do not agree. We are dumbing down driving enough as it is. From ridiculously slow speed limits such as on Poirer, Sir Winston and McKenney to harsh 30 km/h zones that even the RCMP don’t follow when their buddies don’t have a speed trap set up on it. I've seen constables on my walks doing easily double the 30K in this zone.
Now to get to the point that I wanted to make in the first place, and this is for young drivers especially. There is always going to be the situation where you are in an intersection, trying to turn left, and the light turns yellow and then red. Never feel pressured to turn until every single oncoming lane is obviously stopping or stopped.
Vehicles going in the other two directions are not going to arbitrarily run into you just because you are waiting. And if it is a red light camera it will not issue a ticket if you are already in the intersection. I wonder if this is what the 26-year-old driver thought might happen last weekend? If that happens to be the case then the camera forced an accident, the opposite of its intended purpose.
Tony Gull, St. Albert