Lights

Every day on my drive into work, I arrive at this junction near the office, and sit in the filter lane at the lights, needing to turn right.

The sequence of the lights varies depending on the time of day, but there's generally a cycle where the straight-ahead filter is green, and the right-turn filter is red. (Sometimes, when the right-turn filter is red, the pedestrian light is also green, but only if a pedestrian pressed the button.)

At least once a week, when the straight-ahead filter is green, but the right-turn filter is red, some cretin (usually a lorry driver) will honk his horn at me if there's a gap in the oncoming traffic, until the right-turn filter comes on and I move off. (Today it was a lorry driver and a Nissan Micra full of Dublin's finest.)

If I'm particularly lucky, they'll then follow me down that road to the lights at the Business Park, where I need to make a left turn. At those lights, there's a similar sort of setup with a straight-ahead filter and a left-filter. But there's no dedicated filter lane at this one, so the left lane is for both left-turning and straight ahead traffic. Of course, when the straight-ahead filter is green, and the left-turn filter is red, that gives them another chance to honk their horns, if they were too thick to realise that I was indicating to turn left and they probably ought to have moved out into the right lane as we approached the lights so they wouldn't have to wait.

It does my head in. That is all.

Comments:

It seems the "Non Thinking Motorist" exists even in Ireland. Things like what you
experience never make any any sense to me: it would be easier for them to get into the other lane but why not be lazy and piss someone else instead.

Posted by Robert J on December 15, 2008 at 03:10 PM GMT+00:00 #

This is great - it's "nice" to see that this issue is global in size. Even here, in sleepy Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, where a traffic "jam" is more than 5 cars at an intersection, we run into this behavior.

One other thing that I find amusing it the inability of many drivers to be able to signal turns. Given that it requires forethought, as well as moving ones left hand a few inches, I can understand why people have a problem doing this.

Posted by Chris P on December 21, 2008 at 06:19 AM GMT+00:00 #

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