Letter: A reminder to Utah drivers

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  • Don Bixby Centerville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 11:42 a.m.

    @Alfred, a reminder to you and your friends who drive slowly in the left lane, if you just move to the right to allow faster traffic to pass, they won't have to tailgate and weave in and out of traffic. They will simply leave you behind, and traffic will be clearer for everyone. I don't understand why the left lane hogs think that clumping up in a big group is somehow safer. It's not the speed itself that's the problem if someone wants to drive a little faster than others. It's speed differential, meaning the fact that different drivers are driving (or wanting to drive) at different speeds. Stay right unless you are actively passing someone at the moment, move around them, and then move back to the right. Keeping the passing lane clear allows everyone to go at the speed they feel comfortable. If there is a big difference in speed, and the faster car can get by because the left lane is clear, you are only by each other for maybe 3-5 seconds. If someone is camped in the left lane, you are stuck right next to each other for sometimes as long as 10-15 minutes with everyone stressed out the entire time. You don't need police to tell you to just move over and let others by.

  • Don Bixby Centerville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 11:38 a.m.

    When I have my right turn signal on, approaching the road I am going to turn onto, and someone is coming out of that same road, it always makes me wonder as they wait and wait and wait, even though I am specifically signaling so they know I am turning and they can go ahead. Do you really think my turn signal was on accidentally? What are the chances? At some point, you have to trust that people are signalling for a reason. I find it more annoying when people don't believe me when I am signaling for them than for those who don't signal their turn when I am waiting for them (although the latter is a close second). For those who wait and wait and wait for me even though they could go, it seems pretty 50/50 the ones who are paying attention and simply don't believe me that I'm turning and those who have stopped and are texting or doing something else on their phone and don't even realize anything else is going on around them.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 2:13 p.m.

    My experience is that Utah drivers see traffic laws as government over-reach and totally ignore them. We just bought dash cams for all our cars due to all the close calls by reckless drivers or those that simply ignore traffic laws.

  • Alfred Springville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:11 a.m.

    @one old man: "I just find it hard to believe that it's a God Given Right to endanger and injure other people."

    For years I've been trying to figure out what makes Utah drivers so careless when they get on the freeway. I've concluded they think speed limit signs (i.e. 70 MPH) indicate that you're not supposed to drive any slower than that.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 10:43 a.m.

    What's even more annoying (to me) than L-turning drivers interfering w/R-turning drivers, is R-turning drivers who don't have the courtesy to yield to L-turning drivers when the light is abt to turn red. I try to be aware of this when I turn R on an intersection w/traffic lights, & do the "nice" thing if the light is abt to turn red--I let those in the L turn lane opp. me, turn, until the light is def. red. I have to wait a few seconds to turn R, but I've never had a problem being able to do so before the perpendicular traffic crosses over, & I have the satisfaction of knowing that I was nice & allowed 1or 2 more drivers to be on their way that otherwise would've had to wait.

    Sure, I have the right-of-way legally, but the few seconds I lose by waiting, is not more imp. than the minutes they lose by waiting for next green light to come their way, esp. when they can only turn on a green arrow, as many maj. intersections seem to be here.

    I know I certainly appreciate it when others extend this courtesy, & have the added benefit of never having had a close call when turning R, unless it's from people not staying in correct lane when they're turning L (but that's a diff. peeve).

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    What Utah really needs is traffic enforcement cameras.

    States that use them have cut accidents, injuries, and deaths by large percentages.

    But, of course, in Utah there are people who believe that would be Big Brotherish, and might somehow infringe on some of their "God Given Rights."

    I just find it hard to believe that it's a God Given Right to endanger and injure other people.

    36 years working on ambulances have given me a perspective that other people should be very glad they don't have . . .

    I wonder how long it would take for people who oppose traffic cameras to change their tunes if they could make a few runs to an intersection full of mangled cars and bodies.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 8:19 a.m.

    Good points.

    I would raise an even more simple one.

    We have all seen planes flying in the sky at night. They have strobe lights blinking and lights in different colors for each wing. Why do you think that is? Do you think their lights are on so they can see? No, those lights are so they CAN be seen.

    Turn on your headlights before it gets dark so you can be seen.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 8:13 a.m.

    At least your strategy is to appeal to the citizens directly through the op-ed page, because an appeal to Utah's legal and political structure will get you absolutely no where...unless you can couch it in the argument that the drivers turning left had a beer sometime in the last week.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Jan. 30, 2019 7:39 a.m.

    Who am I to judge anther,when I drive imperfectly.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 7:28 a.m.

    While the Legislature is in session, perhaps they could make "Running Red Lights", Utah's official past time.

  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 6:50 a.m.

    What I see often, as a bike rider, is that a car in the left turn lane but has a red light, is flipping a U-turn even though their light is red. They either don't care or don't realize they are running a red light to make that U-turn. However, it is very dangerous for bike riders and pedestrians going through the intersection because we are already on the right edge of the road or in the crosswalk, right in their turning path.

  • Alfred Springville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2019 11:15 p.m.

    A reminder to traffic police... Please pull drivers over who speed, tailgate, and weave in and out of traffic. Many lives can be saved if police would do their job. You rarely see them on the freeways.