I was recently third in line of about a dozen or so cars, waiting at a red light. When the lights turned to green, it let through the first two cars and then stupidly and unexpectedly changed back to red. How a multiple, low impact shunt was avoided, I don’t know. To me, this is symptomatic of a dangerous decline in both the management and maintenance of all types of road signs in the UK. Warning signs on motorways are left on long after the reason for them has cleared, completely erroneous information is often given, and my pet hate – road signs, partially or even completely obscured by overgrowing vegetation, that should have been spotted and trimmed back long before.
I have had a rant to the editor about this before and repeat the opinion that I gave then. Drivers are becoming so used to signs being wrong that they are, in increasing numbers, paying little or no attention to them. It will take a major accident with heavy loss of life before something is done about it. Everything about our roads seems to be suffering from lack of investment and what the long-term cost to our productivity and competitiveness in the world will be, I shudder to think. On that cheerful note over to you Doc.
Cheers, Les Cooper
I cannot agree with you more Les. We have a set of traffic lights near us that alternates on the major route from a decent 40 second green phase, followed later by a short 12 to 15 second one that, on a bad day, lets only about three vehicles through. Utterly mindless ñ but then who cares about them and who, locally, has the capacity to change the settings? I don’t know. I guess the police are too busy chasing drug dealers!
Only just up the road is another set, just crying out for a left filter, and with the capacity to have one (maybe there was one some time in the past?) in the form of an extra green light for left turn, which never gets used other than when the straight ahead is green. So you sit there, watching traffic streaming out from the left turn that you want to take, with no logical reason why you should not filter left (no Panda crossing or any nearby hazards), but it’s just not programmed to offer the sensible option. In a logical world, somebody, maybe even a local policeman who uses the junction, would do something about it. But no such logic apparently exists. [Muffled scream!]