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Clarification to my last post

Due to the comments I was getting in my last post, I'm under the impression that I didn't explain myself well enough, so I'm trying again, this time with illustration.



In the above picture, the green car gets to the intersection before the blue car. The green car stops, then proceeds. The blue car stops, and also proceeds. To the best of my understanding, local law here does not say that the blue car has to wait until the green car goes ALL THE WAY through the intersection (all the way meaning past the ficticious orange line) before the blue one can proceed. The blue car can proceed as soon as soon as it's come to a complete stop. Since the green car is in no way affecting the path of the blue car, the blue car can pretty much ignore the green car altogether. This is how I remember being taught, and this is how most of the drivers in my city drive. EXCEPT FOR THE ONES WHO LIVE IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD WHO ARE DRIVING ME INSANE!!!

The idiots in my neighbourhood like to wait until all vehicles have cleared the intersection (including ones that are not interfering in their driving space) before daring to attempt to cross it.

However, from the comments I got on my last entry, people were telling me that some Americans would have to wait until the green car completely cleared the intersection before proceeding? Did I understand that correctly? Do Americans have weird intersection rules?

Comments

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unsafe_emails
Jun. 17th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
hm
First, are any of the drivers senior citizens, secondly, are they black? And third, is the green car a jette?
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: hm
LoL

1) A few probably are.
2) Nope.
3) Fuckers around here are rich bastards and drive Jag's and other such cars I can only dream of.
bratt72
Jun. 17th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
ya, that would bug me too.
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
It drives me batty! In my other neighbourhood, no one drove this way!
joeymichaels
Jun. 17th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
I don't know about other Americans, but I can go as soon as the green car moves provided it isn't in my way.
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
It must just be a few select states then... how odd!
perviepom
Jun. 17th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Roundabouts make this sort of thing redundant, but I see no reason whatsoever why both cars can't go as long as nothing is coming from the left or right.
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
We had one roundabout in our city, but they had to take it out... there were too many accidents on it as no one knew how to drive on it!

I guess that's a pretty good indication of the driving abilities of the local population :P
starshine2night
Jun. 17th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
We do not have weird intersection rules. At the risk of offending....Perhaps some of your friends should be living and driving in your neighborhood. You already know they'll follow the "Do not enter while there is another car" rule. :P
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ack! Not MORE of them! :P
leolovesvegas
Jun. 17th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
I say drive a fucking tank right over them woman! There ....Now case closed Shar *wins*
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
If only it wouldn't affect my premiums :P
4bit4
Jun. 17th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
I'd think of it like a 4 way stop. If no one is turning, the the cars across from one another would go at the same time. North and South would go and then East and West would go then back to North and South again and so on. It would kill me if all four cars had to go independantly. I mean, that why we have turn signals on the front of cars, so we know if the person at the intersection is going straight or turning. If they're not turning, there's no reason to wait at all.
4bit4
Jun. 17th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
PS I like you "You're Dumb" userpic. I have a shirt like that from Think Geek.
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Heh thanks, I can see myself getting a lot of use from it :P
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
YES! Exactly!
cjsmith
Jun. 17th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
There's no such rule in the few states of the US in which I've passed a driving exam (Massachusetts, California, Georgia). I wonder if some commenters were taking into account Americans' widespread inability to use turn signals, so that the blue car would have to wait at least until the green car was clearly not turning left -- which would be most of the way through. ;-)
sharya
Jun. 17th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
LoL This is possibly the case :P
genitalsmckool
Jun. 17th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
In boston we have rotaries! talk about confusing people...visitors panic.
sharya
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
Is a rotary the same thing as a roundabout?

If so, we had one. They took it out due to excessive accidents as people didn't understand how to drive on it :P
johnale88
Jun. 18th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
I stand by what I said earlier. Right of way, the first person has it until they are out of the intersection. Whether you respect that or not is your call, but a cop DOES have the right to give you a ticket for it.
sharya
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm 99% sure that this is not the case locally, however I've been unable to find anything (locally) to either back that up, or negate it.

You have sparked my curiosity though, so I'm still looking into it.
crak
Jun. 18th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
alrighty, i think you might need to know that in the states, there are a LOT of people that don't use turn signals, or at least, not until after they've made the turn. wtf is with that?

I am currently learning how to drive (did i tell you i'm going for my license this summer?), and intersection/stopsign rules were pretty clear:
1. Yield to pedestrians, schoolbuses, trains
2. people with guide dogs/wheelchairs/canes have the absolute right of way, yield to them.
3. drivers going left must yield to drivers going straight
4. at intersections with no stopsign/light/signs, yield to those coming from the right
5. don't block the intersection (personal note, a lot of people have trouble with this one...)
6. yield to emergency vehicles, if you're in the intersection, pass through before yielding

So as i see it, there is no rule saying you can go in that situation, which you may think is common sense, but i think common sense is not allowing stupid people to have children, or at least licensing people to have children, so we're gonna have to discount "common" sense.
sharya
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
It will be interesting to watch your perspectives change once you a) learn to drive/get a license and b) get a few years of driving experience under your belt ;)
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