ROAD RANTS

Road Rants: Stalled cars at the light, more turn-only tales and mixed signage

2013-10-19T00:00:00Z Road Rants: Stalled cars at the light, more turn-only tales and mixed signageBy Ben Brickman AUTO OUTRAGE CONTRIBUTOR nwitimes.com
October 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Rant #1:This week Doris wrote in that she gets annoyed when she sees, “…cars lined up at a stoplight, and the first car sits there for 30 seconds before they take off after the light turns green. I go right away. I don’t wait. Is it that I am paying attention and they are probably talking on their cell phone?” Yes, Doris some people have more important things to do in their cars besides drive. I mean, after all, we all can wait while they finish their conversation, right? Wrong!

Rant #2: Ms. A wrote in that, “I worked for 35 years at the Radisson. Going home east on US Hwy 30 via Colorado St., the right lane turns into a turn-only lane and there is only a small sign that says it is a turn only lane. On countless occasions semis and other cars have to swerve over to the next lane on the left and it becomes a mess. There needs to be a bigger sign there or at least something for the drivers to notice. I agree. I have had that happen myself and have got stuck and had to make the right turn. Maybe our friends at INDOT can look into it, I will forward it.”

Rant #3: Ray wrote in a dimwit driver alert that, “Around 2 o’clock in the afternoon I was headed south on Broadway in Merrillville. I stopped at red light with a pick-up truck to my right and another car to my left in the left-turning lane. When the left arrow light turned green the car proceeded to turn right across all lanes of traffic like they were doing nothing wrong. I could not believe it. I wish I could have had it on video.” Ray, the driver probably thought it was his or her “left”. Some people don’t know the difference, and wonder why we are so picky.

Rant #4: It was also reported by a reader that northbound and southbound Cline Avenue from East Chicago to the expressway at night it so dark, so pitch black, so devoid of light it seems like you are blind. Maybe INDOT can borrow some white paint from Dyer, paint the lines and get this fixed, or rename it Ray Charles Blvd.

Rant #5: We also had a call on the Rant Line that going west on Interstate 80/94 when approaching Cline Ave, there is no notice to exit south on Cline, there is only the north exit sign. In fact the south sign doesn’t show up until you are about to pass the north exit. I will also forward this on to INDOT. Maybe the state will be able to relocate some signs so this is easier for motorists.

Rant #6: Bob M. of Crown Point wrote in: “Hey Ben, Is it me or is I-65 south of the Crown Point 231 exit (and north of Lafayette) a deathtrap? It seems like we hear weekly horror stories of deaths and accidents.” Bob, it’s you! Just kidding! Bob makes a point… “Anyone that travels on I-65 has got to notice that the semi-truck traffic is heavy. South of Merrillville the speed limit for cars is 70 mph and for semis it’s 65 mph. When a semi passes another semi going 65 mph they create a traffic backup for several miles. Cars going faster in the left passing lane are forced to slowdown to 65 mph or slower. I believe the semi drivers like to see how many cars they can get stacked up behind them. When the semi moves to the right, all of the cars speed up to 70 mph or faster, in a large group, going bumper to bumper. This creates a dangerous situation. I don't know why our legislators can't raise the speed limit to 70 mph for both cars and trucks. I believe this would help to ease the bottlenecks that the difference in the speed limit creates. Other states have the same speed limits for both cars and trucks and the traffic seems to move a lot more smoothly. As far as accidents are concerned, there probably is not much statistical difference between a semi traveling at 65 mph or 70 mph. That is my rant.

And Bob I am not sure that the trucks are only doing 65 mph! I have semis pass me all the time when I am doing 70mph.

Rant #7:Lastly, Bill sent some pictures of what happens when you try to pass a Elephant, and then the Elephant gets Road Rage! It’s on the Facebook page! Check it out…

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