Letter: Illogical law, illogical drivers
It is legal in New Hampshire (and some other logic-challenged states) to turn right on a red arrow after stopping and checking for oncoming cars. Have our traffic engineers completely lost any sense of logic?
The ordinary round red lights already provide for this (unless specifically prohibited). When you come to a red light, you stop, check for oncoming cars, and then turn right. So why would any sane person go to the expense of installing a red arrow light – they are unbelievably expensive – that means the same thing as the round red light? The reason for having a red arrow light is that in some intersections it simply is not safe to allow right turns on red after stopping. Can we please ask our lawmakers to correct the law and enforce it with traffic citations? The media should be encouraged to publicize the new law.
A commonly ignored traffic indication is the painted line showing where you should stop at an intersection. Apparently many drivers are logic-impaired. Why would we go to the trouble and expense of painting and maintaining these lines if they had no purpose? They are often for the purpose of providing a walk space for pedestrians. I am tempted to advise young, athletic pedestrians to jump up on the fronts of offending cars and walk across them!
The most common offenders are drivers of tall SUVs. Usually there is another rude SUV driver right behind them. This kind of violation should be rewarded with frequent traffic citations until drivers begin to get the point.