No Turning Back, Vehicular Division

We were in the Arlington Square exit, waiting to cross Rt 44 into Adams:

Rt 44 Plaza Exit - 2016-08-02 - 0

Rt 44 Plaza Exit – 2016-08-02 – 0

If we both line up on the traffic signal sensor loop, it seems to detect us; Mary’s on the right side of the loop, I’m rolling along the left side. This seems to be an old-school dipole loop, not a quadrupole.

Despite the fact that the mall entrance lane is to our left, across that substantial median strip and exactly where you’d expect it, a driver turned left from Rt 44 into the mall exit:

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Rt 44 Plaza Exit – 2016-08-02 – 1

He obviously intended to use the lane we were occupying, because it’s the right-hand lane from his direction (where we were obviously not supposed to be), but veered away at the last moment:

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Rt 44 Plaza Exit – 2016-08-02 – 2

Which was a good thing for all parties concerned, including the car approaching us in the proper lane:

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Rt 44 Plaza Exit – 2016-08-02 – 3

Elapsed time: five seconds.

The driver then turned right, head-on against cars exiting from the parking lot and parallel-broadside with a pickup entering in the proper lane, and somehow didn’t collide with anybody or anything.

From where we sat, there was absolutely nothing we could do but watch death roll toward us.

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  1. #1 by bonnev659 on 2016-09-09 - 07:30

    That is scary glad nothing happen but still scary

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-09-09 - 08:28

      As nearly as we can tell, the driver just screwed up, exactly like we all do every now & again…

      • #3 by Red County Pete on 2016-09-09 - 10:31

        The replacement hood implies that it’s a bit more often for that driver…

  2. #6 by Frans on 2016-09-24 - 08:35

    This might be a bit too Dutch for you, but Rotterdam is doing a test with bicycle traffic lights that give precedence to cyclists if there are more than 15 waiting. (Normally they’re on a timer.)

    https://tweakers.net/nieuws/115995/rotterdams-verkeerslicht-heeft-ir-cameras-voor-sneller-groen-licht-bij-drukte.html

    Btw, I can’t help but notice that there doesn’t seem to be a (back of a) sign indicating where the car should go. The kind that explicitly exists to make this kind of situation less likely: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nederlands_verkeersbord_D2.svg