The barrage of Tallahassee and neighboring city residents expressing their disbelief at the utter lack of traffic law enforcement and not requiring the enforcement of traffic laws by issuing tickets to bad drivers.
Thus I have decided not to fill today’s Street Scene with complainants names and expressions of fear while navigating our city streets. Instead I address those holding positions of responsibility for public safety and ask all to take stock of what so many perceive as permissible lawlessness. Let’s move to enforce our traffic laws.
Q. Don reports tree foliage is hiding view of the traffic lights on Mahan Drive at intersection with Edenfield Road and Mahan Drive and Dempsey Mayo Road.
A. City of Tallahassee management assure me they will get the overhanging branches cut down right away so when you read today’s Street Scene, visibility of traffic signals should again meet required specifications. (Which only requires us to be able to see them).
There are some things effecting the safety of the general public such as obscured signals and stop signs, road washouts, missing or damaged guardrail, streetlights out or LED streetlights interfering with a residents sleep that I treat as priority. In Don’s case it is tree limbs hiding traffic signal indications. When a red traffic light is not visible to vehicle operators the potential for a devastating outcome is obvious. Thank you City of Tallahassee for the quick action to get the trees trimmed.
Q. Connie shares words of wisdom from her dad: When my father was teaching me to drive many years ago, he gave me a wonderful piece of advice. Remember, he said, the blinking light on the front of that oncoming car is a “turn indicator, not a promise” the person may have signaled for a lane change a half-mile back and turned out the signal is still blinking. Or they could have made their turn but the indicator didn’t disengage for some reason. The safest course is to never pull out unless and until you see that the oncoming car is actually slowing down to make the turn “indicated.”
A. Thanks for sharing Connie, those of us who have been driving for any length of time have witnessed this very thing. In urban areas where driveways to shops, service stations and fast food restaurants, etc. are close together, that turn indicator might be for a driveway beyond where you are ready to pull out.
Q. Angie reports the walk light governing pedestrians crossing east to west along the north crosswalk at Miccosukee Road and Riggings Road are out of operation enough they don’t always provide a walk light when requested. Angie also has found tree branches preventing a clear view of the traffic signals facing southbound Centerville Road traffic approaching Woodgate Way and Blair Stone Road.
A. Thank you Angie. I drove the Centerville Road southbound approach coming into Woodgate Way and Blair Stone. The tree overhang in this area has been removed providing drivers a clear view of all signals. With today’s Street Scene Angie we ask our traffic engineering maintenance guys to take a look at the pedestrian signals on the north side crosswalk at Miccosukee Road and Riggins Road. This complaint is usually a faulty walk activation button attached to the pedestrian signal support post. I’m sure it will be fixed post haste.
Angie being keenly astute about public safety is asking all maintenance crews to give motorists plenty of advance warning with signs placed far enough in advance of a work-site to give drivers time to adjust speed and, when necessary, change lanes away from your work zone. Angie was surprised when she suddenly came upon a crew on Centerville Road recently.
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