We have been coming to the Lowcountry since the 1960s and moved here 24 months ago. What a wonderful place. And it will only get better.
We did, however, notice one small problem that could be readily rectified with minimal effort: the number of people who do not signal when leaving traffic circles.
It was of sufficient interest that I kept track of signaling for 100 consecutive cars or trucks directly in front of us when leaving traffic circles during last August and September. The numbers were equally split between the Sea Pines Circle and the Fraser Circle in Sea Pines. There were 73 cars and 27 trucks. Seventy-three vehicles were in-state and 27 were out-of-state.
Overall, 62 percent of vehicles at the circles failed to signal. There was no statistical difference in failure-to-signal rates between the circles, between in-state drivers (61 percent) and out-of-state drivers (67 percent) or between truck drivers and car drivers.
The regulation to signal the intention to turn or move right or left in South Carolina was put into effect for good reason — to prevent accidents. We’re not sure whether failure to signal demonstrates a lack of respect for other drivers, laziness, confusion or whatever. No matter, the golden rule of treating others like you would want them to treat you should be considered.
Gary C. Brown
Hilton Head Island
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