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Why aren't left turn signals "yields" rather than "stops"?

I have seen many controlled intersections that have one (or more) left turn lanes with one (or more) straight-through lanes with separate signals for the left turn lane(s) versus the straight lane(s). In general, those intersections are designed to have straight-through traffic going from two opposing directions and then alternate with left-turning traffic going from two opposing directions. When the straight-through traffic is passing, why do the left-turning lanes get a red circular light rather than a green circular light or a yellow circular light? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jan 5, 2014 - 21 answers

Taking action about a dangerous road/intersection

Near where I live in Boston, there is a dangerous road, and a particularly dangerous intersection. I'd like to take action to have someone take steps to remediate it. Can you recommend specific resources and data to use to make the most compelling call to action? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked. So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 29, 2013 - 60 answers

What does "passing on the right" actually mean?

What does "passing on the right" actually mean? [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Jun 24, 2012 - 47 answers

I was caught speeding at 97 in a 75... What can I do to get out of it?

I got clocked at 22 over the speed limit. The court date is September 10, the cop told me if I pay within the 20 days, they will drop it from 6 points to 4 points. Should I appear in court? What can I do to reduce this ticket? Will they reduce it if I go to court? How much will this raise my insurance? About me: 23, never had a ticket before this, pulled over once before and given a warning. The ticket is $250.
posted by snow_mac on Jun 23, 2012 - 15 answers

That "commercial vehicle" only section of Downtown San Francisco

San Francisco Filter: What's the deal with the 'commercial vehicle' only area in the financial district? No one seems to notice or care. [more inside]
posted by sammich on Sep 28, 2009 - 2 answers

Help a hick drive out of the sticks.

What are your best tips and techniques for driving in a big city? [more inside]
posted by barchan on Aug 27, 2007 - 52 answers

Failure to stop and render aid

Do I have to stop and render aid when witnessing an accident? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Apr 2, 2007 - 16 answers

Blue lights on traffic lights?

Early nineties, blue lights on a traffic light below the standard green one. Am I crazy? What were they for? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Oct 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Left turns in Los Angeles

When did Los Angeles drivers begin to consistently make illegal left turns, against a red light? In LA last week, my wife and I noticed that the last two or three cars making a left turn at an intersection did so even though the green arrow had stopped showing. And are there other places besides Southern California where these (belated, illegal, dangerous) turns happen regularly? [A bit more inside] [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster on Feb 19, 2005 - 36 answers

Red-light runners

As a pissed-off pedestrian and all-too-frequent near-victim of vehicular homicide, what can I do in the way of inflicting public shame (or, at the very least, education) on drivers who run red lights? (Without resorting to violence. Or childish name-calling.)
posted by PrinceValium on Oct 25, 2004 - 30 answers

Why do traffic jams happen?

Why do traffic jams happen? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Jun 18, 2004 - 10 answers

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