Good, bad news with left-turn signals

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 2, 2014 

I never cease to be amazed at how something new can be a great idea executed stupidly.

The idea of adding three new turn signals in greater Bluffton is a great idea, which should help ease the strain of too many vehicles dealing with a transportation infrastructure that can barely keep up with growth. But incorporating no less than four variations in these signals is stupid and dangerous beyond comprehension.

This is a classic case of over-engineering absent a reality check.

While I heartily concur that different positions for the "steady green arrow" and "steady red arrow" are well thought out (especially for individuals with color insensitivity), I marvel at the idea that drivers, experiencing myriad distractions, will be able to select one of the four turn arrows and complete their turn safely within the seconds of time often involved in such maneuvers.

And I don't buy the argument that they will eventually learn how to do it safely. Do I dare mention that there is a plethora of seniors in our Lowcountry whose learning curve and reaction times are not quite as sharp as they were many years ago?

Do the developers of this monstrosity have any idea how many accidents this will produce as a result of a driver thinking it's OK to turn when, in reality, he or she will need to yield to oncoming traffic to avoid an accident?

Cheers to Beaufort County, and resounding jeers to the traffic signal manufacturer.

Ron Kay


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