Letter: Roundabout turn signals avert disaster
My demise was diverted recently, not once but twice, because I used my turn signal at a roundabout. The initial near-tragedy occurred in the 126th and Hazel Dell roundabout. Driving from the north on Hazel Dell and turning to transverse the circle, I expected to exit east onto 126th. A thundering herd of cars was charging toward me from the south. I immediately flipped on my turn signal indicating, ‘I am turning in front of you. Stop!’ The lead car in the long line screeched to a halt and I successfully exited with my life intact. Another day, another roundabout, same scenario. I arrived home safely again!
Sure, the above is drama, but I stand my ground. To be certain that I, at 84 (and with a few more years in me), can proceed through a roundabout safely, I’ll apply my turn signal every time I see the need. I want all drivers to know what my intent is when encircling any roundabout in our city.
Is the signal ordinance a definite need for Carmel? Aren’t we all adults enough to voluntarily signal our turns when appropriate and not have to fear being a nabbed and fined offender? Let us use our innate common sense!
Jean B. Miller, Carmel