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Old 12-07-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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Now I understand why Atlantians run red lights. I was trying to turn on Cobb Parkway a few days ago and it took me about three light changes to actually turn. Same thing happened at Gwinnett Place and on Wesley Chapel in Dekalb. Instead of having red and green turning signals, why don't we use the new yellow flashing ones that allow traffic to yield while the other light is green and clear of traffic. And when is GDOT gonna fix issues at other intersections. There's gotta be a way to ease congestion around here.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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The reason why it takes so long to turn is bc Atlantans refuse to move into the freaking intersection and sit while the light is green and then turn aggressively when possible. It is very timid here when it comes to everything but doing the speed limit (which, when it comes to that, people drive like a bat out of h*ll).

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Now I understand why Atlantians run red lights. I was trying to turn on Cobb Parkway a few days ago and it took me about three light changes to actually turn. Same thing happened at Gwinnett Place and on Wesley Chapel in Dekalb. Instead of having red and green turning signals, why don't we use the new yellow flashing ones that allow traffic to yield while the other light is green and clear of traffic. And when is GDOT gonna fix issues at other intersections. There's gotta be a way to ease congestion around here.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:34 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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The reason why it takes so long to turn is bc Atlantans refuse to move into the freaking intersection and sit while the light is green and then turn aggressively when possible. It is very timid here when it comes to everything but doing the speed limit (which, when it comes to that, people drive like a bat out of h*ll).
Amen, amen, amen!

Get over the damn stopline especially at rush hour.

The other issue, the lights aren't timed for rush hour so you have to wait an eternity to turn during rush hour.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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... Instead of having red and green turning signals, why don't we use the new yellow flashing ones that allow traffic to yield while the other light is green and clear of traffic. ...
In the past few months they have been installing the yellow flashing left turn light all around the Smyrna and Cumberland area (Atlanta Road and Cobb Parkway).
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:02 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I have seen the yellow left arrow signals along a road recently widened in Henderson County, North Carolina less than two weeks ago. They may be practical on specific corridors. I would not use them on heavily traveled corridors when traffic needs to move constantly in both directions.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:17 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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I first saw the yellow arrows at a lot of intersections in Texas. When I got back they had added one on Scenic highway in Snellville.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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Flashing yellow lights are going up now. For instance, the entire stretch of GA 141 (Peachtree Rd/Blvd) from I-285 to Buckhead has them at most intersections.

- skbl17
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:53 PM
 
Location: GA
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The reason why it takes so long to turn is bc Atlantans refuse to move into the freaking intersection and sit while the light is green and then turn aggressively when possible. It is very timid here when it comes to everything but doing the speed limit (which, when it comes to that, people drive like a bat out of h*ll).
exactly. also, when the left turn arrow turns first, the lane can be blocked by people going straight. One such intersection in Suwanee was like that until recently. Now straight through traffic gets the green light first which allows drivers turning left the space to move into the left turn lane. Another issue is people stop their cars 20+ feet behind the car in front. When the light turns green it takes forever to get through.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Another issue is people stop their cars 20+ feet behind the car in front. When the light turns green it takes forever to get through.
What's up with that here? When some cars decide to stop sooooo far behind another vehicle. I've only seen that in the Atlanta area. Am I missing something? Because if I'm not, it's making the lines that much longer at intersections. Not to mention, people that want to turn left can't because they're backed up too far.. because of this nonsense.

Someone explain this..
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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They may have been taught in driver's ed to give themselves space behind the vehicle in front of them in case, it breaks down or they are on their phone and not paying attention to the traffic flow.
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