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on Nov 28, 2008
Approximately 70% of the drivers that I see are ignoring the signs, or are so used to turning on red that they're oblivious to them.
I have no problem with the NO RIGHT TURN ON RED. But just posting the sign mean NaDa...8 out of 10 cars and trucks just look and laugh...Oh, yes and turn anyway. If the County is serious, park an officer at the corner.
A complete NO RIGHT TURN ON RED at these intersections is ridiculous. Use a right turn signal light to allow right turns when the appropriate perpendicular traffic is turning in the opposite direction and they might actually HELP the traffic flow. Another case of gov't trying to fix a problem in a way that defies common sense...
As Alamo residents who drive the Danville Blvd. several times a day we can tell you there was no major problem worthy of this OVERKILL. In one short week the "no right turn" signs have created significant traffic back-ups. These new signs make it very difficult to obey traffic laws when they just don't make sense. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
How about a right turn arrow when the westbound traffic on Stone Valley has the arrow to turn left or southbound?
Another solution, for times when there is not a traffic problem, is to have the sign read: "no right turn, seven a.m. to seven p.m., Monday to Friday".
The same limitation to the no right turn on red applies to westbound traffic on Livorna Road. It makes no sense to have no right turn on red on a Sunday morning at seven a.m.
But, to correct these issues would take some forethought, which apparently is lacking in this community.
Confused neighboe is correct except for one minor detail. The "forethought, which is apparently lacking" is provided by the county, not the community, which is one of the compelling reasons to incorporate, so that it is the community and not the county making decisions such as this.
The No Right Turn signs are a waste on time and money. This is the way things will be all the time if Alamo becomes a city.
Helping? Just try to get out of Cheribini's at eight AM. It used to be a breeze.
This makes about as much sense as the no right turn on a red light between "certain" hours and "certain" days of the week (geez) on La Gonda onto El Cerro especially when the sign is behind a tree most of the year. Too awkward to see the sign, check your clock, etc. etc. or try to remember those quarter hour increments. Really, not only do we NOT need more "exceptions to the rules" rules but let people use a little common sense and quit spending tax dollars on electric traffic lights everywhere and over-controlling society where it is not necessary. Think about all the wasted energy!!
I can understand the no right turn on red from Stone Valley to Danville to help drivers exit Longs, but the one on Danville to Stone Valley is terrible and needs to be corrected.
As I sat at the Shell Station with a neighbor, we watched drivers learning to use the station to avoid waiting for the light or cutting through the Long's parking lot and creating a greater problem at the exits to Danville Blvd.
Did the Road's Committee and CCC-PW expect this emergent behavior that has created a far more dangerous situation? The Shell Station has cars moving through the station in greater volume endangering customers walking between the pumps and store. The access lanes in front of Don Jose's are now having greater flow of traffic in an area where families cross. Since the accesses are not designed for traffic uses, the danger is real and increasing.
Dear Hal and Dolores (taken for regional e-exchange)
I stopped for gas at Shell yesterday, I watched drivers simply turn the corners without stopping or waiting for a green light. In my opinion, I don't think our neighbors are impressed with the solutions being offered by the roads committee.
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