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Signals crossed

May 5, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
The West Virginia Supreme Court has unknowingly opened a huge can of worms for thousands of spouses across the state! The court has ruled that it is not necessary for a driver to use his or her turn signal if other traffic is not affected by the driver's action. In other words, if there is no one around or close by, you don't have to bother with your turn signal. No longer can I nag my spouse to use his blinker because now he has the Supreme Court on his side! I still think it's rude not to indicate when you are turning. And while we are on the subject of turning, let me inform you drivers from out of state that it's OK to turn left on red onto a one-way street unless otherwise marked. That means at 16th and Market and 12th and Market streets you can turn left onto Market Street without fear of penalty. But, no, people sit there waiting for the light to turn when there is not another car in sight. And since there are two lanes into which you can turn on Market Street, you do not have to sit and wait for all the opposing traffic that is also turning onto the street to go before you make your way onto Market Street. And could we please get a cross walk on Main Street at South Street. An awful lot of people cross the street there including police officers who park in the civic center lot. It's nearly impossible to cross the street when the traffic is rolling down Main. And very few drivers go 25 mph there either or we would be able to get across. There. I've issued my traffic beefs of the month and it's only May 5.


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