By Braddah Lance
I no can believe how many people no realize dat as a drivah, you not only gotta obey da rules of da road but you stay behind one 3+ ton hunk of metal ready to do damage in an instant....... and you can nevah turn back once you commit.
One of da most frequent type of accidents are left turning vehicles. It's a simple concept really. Slow down, stop if directed by signage or traffic, ensure you have room to clear the crossing lane and go once it's safe to do so.
People tend to do only one of da four things above..... no ask me which one.
** FYI - A car making a left turn is almost always liable for a collision with a car coming straight in the other direction. Exceptions to this near-automatic rule are rare and difficult to prove, but they can occur if:
•The car going straight was going well over the speed limit.
•The car going straight went through a red light.
Making a left turn, or even a merging right turn at a stop light or stop sign into traffic, is all about judgment but sadly, it's shifted more towards arrogance. In da most basic of terms, if you making a "merging" turn, you DO NOT HAVE DA RIGHT OF WAY!!! It no mattah if you late or da person behind stay honking - unless it was at a distracted drivah on da phone - you have gotta obey da rules of da road regarding turns - parking lots are no exceptions either.
Dis morning as I was dropping off Da Baby at da sitters, I approach a T-intersection (I'm going straight and have da right of way) and I see a lolo in a beat up white Ford? blatantly blow past da stop sign das been there since da beginning of time. Nevah mind da bold wide white painted stop line which he obviously thought was just graffiti on da road. Da nose of his truck was more than enough into oncoming traffic but it also prevented me from making my left turn of which I had da right of way.
It wasn't like he was going to stop anyways so I slowed down and flash my highlights to let him know to go - not even a mahalo as he zoomed through. Wat can I say? I felt sorry for da guy...... he had a HUGEMANGEOUS St.Louis Ram flag flying from a pole dat was strapped to his truck and das punishment enough.
Aftah dropping off Da Keiki next, I go back home to pick up da bike but had to fill up gas before heading into work. I'm riding along and almost got T-boned in da parking lot cause da idiot making a right turn nevah like stop. In fact, I got da stink eye cause it was "my fault" and she still went through nevah mind I had to brake hard to avoid a collision with her AND an oncoming car.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Sistah, YOU making a turn from an "intersection", you do not have da right of way...... well she was driving a huge Ford Excursion so she may have thought it came with da SUV.
Aftah filling up, I head towards da on-ramp and sitting at a red light at da intersection of Hoomalu and Moanalua and truth be told, das one treacherous intersection especially if you do not know da rules of da road. There's anoddah mo'olelo with dat but for a future blog. Anyways, there was a Ford Taurus in front of me which had a van in front of dat and da Ford drivah, a USMC soldier based on his uniform and sticker on da window, throwing his arms up in da air urging da van to go.
We had da red light which meant da right turn was ok to make IF it was safe to do so and at dat intersection, you either need a vehicle dat will fly in a nanosecond or zero cars in da vicinity cause dat merge is mighty quick and has a semi-blind view as da vehicles make their way up a minor hill crest before being visible.
Since wen has it become "acceptable" to make turns regardless of safety especially wen there are rules set forth to keep da civility of da road? I tink it's so ridiculous dat at major intersections dis type of contempt has become commonplace. All it takes is one "I think I can make it" type of call to put not only your life at risk but those dat are sharing da road with you.
Da next time you at a stop, not just Ford owners, nevah mind if it taking a little longah to make dat turn, you'll nevah go wrong following da rules of da road and making surah you're able to complete your maneuver safely for your sake...... and mine.