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death-dealing, idiotic left turn signal-near Tampa

 WARNING: Dangerous Traffic Signal in Palmetto, Florida (near Tampa)
 43 SERIOUS INJURY (and rising!) left-turn, head-on collisions with on-
comming traffic-and rising!. (d.o.t injury figure)
 Location: Palmetto, Florida;SOUTHBOUND routes 301 and 41 combine for
a left turn; just 70 yards past the overpass; just NORTH of the
 This accident record DEFINES this traffic signal as an ENGINEERING
  Left turn Traffic arrow sequences and durations VARY during the day.
  (at night) INADEQUATE duration left turn green arrow (3-4 secs.)
does not clear the 10 to 20 cars backed up for the left turn. (due to
faulty traffic sensors imbedded in the pavement)This faulty
engineering encourages 1-3 motorists to speed up and try to make the
light! This often leaves a car IN the intersection and in the path of
oncomming (50mph)traffic. What’s more- there is only a ONE SECOND
delay between the left turn yellow arrow going OFF and the green light
ON- for oncomming traffic.
  This combined (left lane and through lane) excuse for a safety
device needs to be replaced with a STANDARD left turn signal:

 What is a SAFE, STANDARD left-turn signal? As in most other states:

  1. A SOLID left turn GREEN arrow of adequate duration to handle the
backed up traffic.
  2. A yellow arrow of SUFFICIENT DURATION.
  3. A SOLID RED arrow (which is lacking)
 There needs to be a 3 SECOND DELAY from the time the left turn RED
arrow comes ON, and the green light comes ON for oncomming traffic. At
present, there is only a ONE second delay from the time the left turn
YELLOW arrow goes OFF and the GREEN light comes ON for oncomming
traffic. There is no red arrow at this turn!
 This STANDARD left-turn signal is the BEST solution to this miserable
injury record.
 The occassional Florida COMBINED(left turn/thru lane)traffic light is
an UNSAFE design! It is not used in most other states! The correct and
safe sequence used in other states is a green arrow-yellow arrow-RED
arrow. RED always follows yellow!The present Green arrow-yellow arrow
followed by a SOLID green thru light is an abomination!
 Another, less costly solution might be to imbed a WORKING sensor in
the pavement- right at the point where cars make the left turn. This
sensor would keep the left turn GREEN arrow ON until 5 seconds has
elapsed in which the sensor detects no cars passing over it. At that
point the yellow arrow would come on,followed by a SOLID red arrow.
This way, ALL the cars in the left turn lane would make the turn and

 There is more than simple bad driving at work here. Bad drivers have
accidents everywhere. They do not cause a concentrated carnage at one

 Again- the sensors in the pavement do not sense the amount of left
turn traffic in the lane and are FAULTY!

 The injury figures were given to me by Ken Bass (Fla D.O.T)and the
ONLY person who can correct this is:

   Ken Bass (Florida Dept. of Transportation)
    ph (863) 519-2495
  My suggestion: Call him and:
  ALSO EMAIL DOT: fdot.pio@ dot.state.fl.us
              Mike Corman


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laughable traffic engineering photos- website!

laughable traffic engineering photos- website!

 there has to be a website featuring photos of the disasters created
by some of these idiotic traffic engineers! Anyone know of one?


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a green light does not replace a blinking red left- turn arrow!

Most left turn collisions with oncomming traffic occur at green lights-
which are found in abundance in Florida! Few left- turn collisions
occur at blinking red arrows.

In Michigan and most NORTHERN states where traffic engineers seem to
display more intelligence and are quick to react to injury and death

A blinking red left turn arrow is well understood by all drivers to
mean: oncoming traffic has the green light and does not stop!

It’s time for Florida traffic engineers to WAKE UP.


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Road Rage: Welcome to the Jungle!

I kind of suspected this, everyone to himself, aka the Law of the

"Not all is beach balls and good times in Miami. For the second year
in a row, the city lands at the top of an annual road rage survey."

Here’s the list:

1. Miami
2. New York
3. Boston
4. Los Angeles
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Phoenix
7. Chicago
8. Sacramento, Calif.
9. Philadelphia
10. San Francisco
11. Houston
12. Atlanta
13. Detroit
14. Minneapolis-St. Paul
15. Baltimore
16. Tampa, Fla.
17. San Diego
18. Cincinnati
19. Cleveland
20. Denver
21. Dallas-Ft. Worth
22. St. Louis
23. Seattle-Tacoma
24. Pittsburgh
25. Portland, Ore.

And so, since there’s no solution in sight, you may as well practice
some prevention or meditation (anything other than getting even with
the stupid asshole)…

– Get comfortable by loosening tight clothing or rolling down the
window. — Distract yourself — listen to calming music or an
audiobook. — Take a series of slow, deep breaths to reduce anger and
stress. — Don’t assume the worst, and realize that every driver makes
mistakes. — Think of the big picture; an extra five minutes won’t
kill you. Driving aggressively might. — Treat other drivers with the
same common courtesy you’d expect in the grocery aisle.



"Our roads, where the Law of the Jungle rules, should be made safer,
say by enforcing passing on the left only."

- Installing cameras at lights (under legislation in Florida, though I
believe it when I see it)

- Stricter license, particularly for SUVs

- And, of course, banning cell phones.



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Lots of driving related stuff on fark.com this PM

a story on a really scary checkpoint, a MADD member nailed for DUI, and
cops roughing up a lady with Parkinson’s.  Check ‘em out!


replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.

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Re: Must-See: U.S. cops bloody peaceful US citizen as illegals cheer, trash his car

On May 15, 5:59 pm, GeorgeWashingtonAdmirer <guybanniste…@aol.com>

- — -

> Illegal Immigrants Are Above The Law
> May 11, 2007

> The video:http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2007/110507abovethelaw.htm
> *************************************************************************

> "The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave" by Heather MacDonaldwww.City-Journal.org/html/14_1_the_illegal_alien.html

> www.PredatoryAliens.comwww.ImmigrationsHumanCost.orgwww.DayLaborers.o…
> See the COLOSSAL costs of illegal aliens to the American taxpayer:www.ImmigrationCounters.com
> ———————————————
> "Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada"
> ("For The Race everything, for those outside The Race nothing")

> — Motto of MEChA, one of the nation’s largest publically-funded
> organizations with cells on high school and college campuses across the USA
> (Note: Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez says he "used to be" a member)
> ———————————————
> "How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico"
> By John Dillinhttp://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0706/p09s01-coop.html

> Excerpt:

>   "General Eisenhower … quoted a report in The New York Times,
> highlighting one paragraph that said: ‘The rise in illegal border-crossing
> by Mexican ‘wetbacks’ to a current rate of more than
> 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation
> in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters
> of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal
> Government …"

>   "Herbert Brownell Jr., Eisenhower’s first attorney general, said the
> president had a sense of urgency about illegal immigration when he took
> office.

>   "America ‘was faced with a breakdown in law enforcement on a very large
> scale,’ Mr. Brownell said. ‘When I say large scale, I mean hundreds of
> thousands were coming in from Mexico [every year] without restraint.’"
> ————————————————–
> Just two of MANY American cops murdered by illegals:www.DeputyDavidMarch.comwww.KrisEggle.org

> "Unfortunately, the majority of illegal aliens who are here are engaged in
> criminal activity. Identity theft, use of fraudulent Social Security
> numbers and green cards, tax evasion, driving without licenses represent
> some of the crimes that are engaged in by the majority of illegal aliens on
> a daily basis merely to maintain and hide their illegal status. In
> addition, violent crime and drug distribution and possession is also
> prevalent among illegal aliens. Over 25% of today’s federal prison
> population are illegal aliens. In some areas of the country, 12% of
> felonies, 25% of burglaries and 34% of thefts are committed by illegal
> aliens."

>   — Testimony of District Attorney John M. Morganelli before the House
> Subcommittee on Immigration, Border, Security and Claims [Note: 99% of
> warrants for murder in Los Angeles, California — the USA’s 2nd
> most-populous city — are for illegal aliens]

> "It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
> tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of
> men."
>    – Samuel Adams

> ""All great truths begin as heresies."

>   — Former Democrat Governor of Colorado Richard Lamm, official of
>       Defend Colorado Now, a movement opposed to illegal immigration
>       and public services for illegal aliens

With over 5,000 Americans killed last year by illegal aliens, one must
wonder if the citizens
have the balls to really get nasty with political hacks who grovel for
the illegal alien vote. There
was time when an outraged citizentry would have eliminated the brown



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