A Traffic Courtesy Could Turn Into a Traffic Tragedy
Something keeps happening in Owensboro and I'm sure it happens elsewhere as well. Well, come to think of it, I have encountered this elsewhere...specifically in Silver City, New Mexico just this past summer when I was on vacation.
It involves what drivers believe to be a courtesy.
And on the sole basis of the "it's the thought that counts" theory, then...thank you.
But it's actually a very dangerous practice.
It happened most recently on Friday afternoon when several of us were returning from a little adventure here in town.
Use that image above as a guide.
We were in the center turning lane ready to turn left into the WBKR parking lot.
There was a long line of traffic in the northbound lane on Frederica; they were stopped at that light at the Byers intersection.
The driver of a car in the inner northbound lane stopped to let us turn left into our lot. Well, of course, I didn't.
I was driving, by the way.
And I never do. As is always the case, the cars in the outer northbound lane did NOT stop. And I wouldn't expect them to stop. They don't have to stop just because someone in the adjacent lane is trying to be a good neighbor.
And, again, I appreciate the gesture. But it IS a dangerous one.
Some drivers might be lulled into thinking they CAN make that turn and then BAM!
Anyway, I don't mind waiting until the coast is clear enough in BOTH lanes for me to make that turn.
Please understand that this really IS a dangerous practice.