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The case for almost never turning left while driving
Washington Post ^ | 4/9/2014

Posted on 04/09/2014 7:17:10 PM PDT by Borges

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

Please remember that quote as I propose what will appear outlandish — a ban on left turns on heavily-trafficked roads. Making left-hand turns is as American as apple pie. But remember, we once accepted slavery and the beating of wives and children. There’s no doubt we’re doing things today that future generations will find abhorrent. Here’s why turning left on crowded streets is one of them:

Left turns are unsafe for everyone.

Federal data have shown that 53.1 percent of crossing-path crashes involve left turns, but only 5.7 percent involve right turns. That’s almost 10 times as many crashes involving left turns as right. A study by New York City’s transportation planners concluded that left-hand turns were three times as likely to cause a deadly crash involving a pedestrian as right-hand turns. And 36 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: safety

1 posted on 04/09/2014 7:17:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Big Brown hasn't turned left in years...
2 posted on 04/09/2014 7:18:46 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Borges

Here’s an even easier safety idea. Years ago I asked Greyhound what results they’d had from runnig their bus headlights in daytime. They reported an eleven percent drop in accidents ( mostly cars running Into them). You’d think a great big bus would be plenty visible in the day without lights But results are results. It was a nationwide test and they’ve kept their lights on ever since. FYI.


3 posted on 04/09/2014 7:22:34 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Borges

Must love the big easy.


4 posted on 04/09/2014 7:23:24 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: faithhopecharity

People often expect buses not to move, and they do stand still a large amount of the time.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 7:24:39 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Borges

Sounds like a good topic for a Constitutional Amendment, to be pursued at a Convention of States.

“All Turns Shall be made to the Right. Congress Shall Make No Law that goes to the Left.”


6 posted on 04/09/2014 7:25:55 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Borges

So when I am on a motorcycle-—

How to get THEM to not turn left?


7 posted on 04/09/2014 7:26:04 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: Borges

That must be in New Jersey.


8 posted on 04/09/2014 7:26:40 PM PDT by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: Borges

End presidential motorcades,too. They kill cops on motorcycles.


9 posted on 04/09/2014 7:27:54 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Borges
" A study by New York City’s transportation planners concluded that left-hand turns were three times as likely to cause a deadly crash involving a pedestrian as right-hand turns."

And three rights make a left. 3 X 1/3 = 1, ∴ the same number of pedestrians get it, either way.

10 posted on 04/09/2014 7:33:59 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Borges

Turning left into oncoming traffic, at times blocked by someone turning left traveling in the opposite direction, raises your odds of having an accident?

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!


11 posted on 04/09/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT by Joshua (Jimmy is the reason for this)
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To: Chode
Big Brown hasn't turned left in years...

Last week's thread on UPS's right-turn-only policy.

12 posted on 04/09/2014 7:41:55 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Chode

About 10 years ago I looked into a Fed Ex contractor deal. Every day when you pick up the packages their computer puts out a route to deliver them all with no left turns.


13 posted on 04/09/2014 7:47:40 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Borges

BS.

Left turns are unsafe because all it takes to get a license in the US is the ability to fog a mirror. i.e. left turns are unsafe for the drivers that should not be behind the wheel of a car in the first place.

For the rest of us, they are, like most driving, an acceptable risk.

I’ve taken the training and have a lot of motorcycle miles under me. It is clear that not everyone can ride a motorcycle. It’s clear to most people actually. What is not as clear is that there are plenty of car drivers that are ALWAYS an accident waiting to happen. I just shake my head at fairly late model cars that have body damage on all four corners...


14 posted on 04/09/2014 7:47:54 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Joshua

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!


Exactly. I’ve seen such accidents. Bad drivers have accidents. If I’m making a left across two lanes of traffic, and the inside lane is allowing me to cross, if I can’t see the other lane I wave them on. They are acting stupidly for even giving me the option.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 7:49:49 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Borges

You can drive on the left as in the Virgin Islands, Ireland, the UK, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Of course you’d need to retool vehicles to have RH steering wheel.


16 posted on 04/09/2014 7:50:44 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Borges

Federal data have shown that 53.1 percent of crossing-path crashes involve left turns, but only 5.7 percent involve right turns.


When is a right turn a crossing path crash?


17 posted on 04/09/2014 7:52:18 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Borges

It’s true.


18 posted on 04/09/2014 7:53:27 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts

This thread is so for you.


19 posted on 04/09/2014 7:53:34 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Borges

And 36 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle


That one I would believe. Whenever on my bike, passing an oncoming car that wants to turn left, I’m mentally preparing for him to pull in front of me. It’s all part of the “assume you are invisible” motorcycle safety mantra. Maybe that’s why I’ve never gone down. Yet.


20 posted on 04/09/2014 7:54:03 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf

Many parallel roads track next to highways. And there are feeder roads that run parallel before turning left onto the main highway. A person coming off a major highway must merge with the feeder road, but if there is a turn-off from the feeder that the exiting vehicle wants to take ... bingo bango if not paying close attention.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 7:55:13 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: MHGinTN

...if not paying close attention.


This.^^^


22 posted on 04/09/2014 7:56:44 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Borges

I never, ever, turn to the left . . . for any reason.


23 posted on 04/09/2014 7:56:54 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
There you go...

If your number is up, that's it.

24 posted on 04/09/2014 8:03:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Steely Tom; Hugin
yup, must work or they wouldn't do it...
25 posted on 04/09/2014 8:04:11 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: faithhopecharity

I see so many twilight commuters drive ordinary cars with lights off well after sunset, and add to this the ones who text while driving, and well....


26 posted on 04/09/2014 8:07:05 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

I’ve gotten used to DRL’s. Great safety feature. I’ve never felt the need to disable mine.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 8:09:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Borges

In my neighborhood there is an intersection where there is a left turn lane and you go on the green arrow or later turn on your own with the green light.

I guess there was to many accidents. So now you can only make a left turn on the green arrow.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 8:19:13 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Borges

New Jersey jug-handles to the rescue!


29 posted on 04/09/2014 8:20:04 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: cuban leaf
They are acting stupidly for even giving me the option.

Or we just want to see you get hit. Never attribute to stupidity what can be explained by the pure human nature of wanting to see cars crash into each other.

30 posted on 04/09/2014 8:28:31 PM PDT by Darth Reardon (Is it any wonder I'm not the president?)
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To: Hugin

Dunno, I watched the FedEx truck hook a left onto my road this morning


31 posted on 04/09/2014 8:28:36 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Borges

i want to get rid of leftists, not left turns.

F U Nanny State


32 posted on 04/09/2014 8:58:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Borges

why not actually jail’drunk drivers who cause accidents? why not plea bargain away driving violations from fleeing criminals?

they can cut down on this crap by enforcing existing laws.


33 posted on 04/09/2014 8:59:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Borges

Don’t worry. When the environmentalists do their study showing that NJ style jug handles consume x% more fuel due to all the extra driving, this idiocy will never go anywhere. It’ll be idiots fighting idiots.


34 posted on 04/09/2014 9:10:13 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: goldstategop

A lot of those places also have Roundabouts.


35 posted on 04/09/2014 9:12:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Darth Reardon

I confess that when I see it happen, the first thing I think of is, “are they doing it on purpose, hoping to set up a wreck?”


36 posted on 04/09/2014 9:28:53 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Borges
That’s almost 10 times as many crashes involving left turns as right.

The left is just plain bad news, in every way.

37 posted on 04/09/2014 9:31:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

ping


38 posted on 04/09/2014 9:35:20 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Borges

Code of the Teamsters?


39 posted on 04/09/2014 10:03:30 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
And three rights make a left. 3 X 1/3 = 1, ∴ the same number of pedestrians get it, either way.

WoW!

40 posted on 04/09/2014 10:05:57 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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