A Driving Lesson for Fayette County Drivers

To the lady with the loose middle finger who almost ran me down........When you are approaching an intersection with the intention to turn left and the opposing traffic is turning right, also with a green light, the person turning right ALWAYS ! has the right of way, even if they have a Yield sign. That traffic light takes controls the intersection. So, if we encounter again you will suffer the consequences.

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Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 10:48pm.

If what you say is true, no need for the sign at all. You would just go by the signal. Yield means just that, yield to others. You do not have the right away over oncoming traffic from any direction.

Submitted by ptcjenn on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 9:09pm.

I'm pretty sure the right turner is supposed to let the left turner go, IF there's a yield sign. Of course, nobody around here yields so I always let them go first, most won't even slow down. Middle fingers never help in either case.

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Submitted by muddle on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 8:37pm.

Hey Dave029,

Is this right?

What you say accords with my first instinct. But someone explained to me some time back that I was wrong.

Example: I'm headed south on Hwy 314 by the Fayette Pavillion. I want to turn right onto New Hope Road. There is someone northbound in the left turn lane opposite me, also wanting to turn onto New Hope. Don't they have the right of way? (The idea, I heard, is to clear the turn lane and intersection).

Others chime in, please.

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Submitted by ImJustSaying on Wed, 10/25/2006 - 7:52am.

Hey Dave029,

I'm not a traffic engineer, however, that yield sign is there for a reason.
It's probably best that she didn't "run you down", and sometimes a big ear to ear smile will disarm that wagging middle finger, but I think muddle is correct. If you have the yield sign the other guy has the right of way through this intersection. If no yield was required, there would be no yield sign. My understanding of traffic safety is based on everyone's correct understanding of what the rules of the road are so that in a critical decision making moment, all involved will know what the other is going to do...how they will react, based on a correct application of the rules. Muddle, on New Hope Rd., when the southbound right turners ignore the yield sign, this is an indicator that they will stop immediately and turn left into the bank. What a delight!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 10:58pm.

Dave posted this three times. People are responding in all three locations.

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Submitted by ILuvFayette on Tue, 10/24/2006 - 3:04am.

Too late, lol, I already posted in the first blog before I realized he put it here three times.

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