That’s how Mark Neuman titled this e-mail and it’s a perfect headline:
To the person driving the reddish four-door VW Gti on California Avenue this morning (February 12, 2008):
Your left turn at 9:56 am PST (westbound onto Alaska Street from northbound on California Avenue) was illegal (no left turns 7 am to 7 pm except transit, as the sign in front of you clearly stated).
Though I was able to make it through the (yellow) light and no drivers had to wait for the next traffic light cycle to go through the intersection, the move you made oftentimes DOES result in law abiding drivers having to wait, in addition to the fact that many drivers will quickly move around to get beyond the offending driver.
Ask any auto insurance company: such sudden moves do not reduce the overall probability of collisions on the road, not to mention the possible impact on inattentive pedestrians.
OK, just thought I’d share. Have a nice day.
By the way, to the nice lady in the grayish sweater who, just a few minutes later, let the elderly gentleman go ahead of her in line at Bartell’s: that was very thoughtful of you.
We’ve all discussed the crosswalk situation at that intersection before. Thoughts on the turn ban?