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Old 08-18-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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Default Why is NJ one big RIGHT TURN ONLY?!

I moved here 8 mo. ago and always wonder why you can NEVER (rarely)turn left anywhere in this wonderful state? less accidents ??
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: High Bridge
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Because making a left turn across a busy intersection is dangerous, and when there are left turn lights, it slows down the flow of traffic from the opposing direction.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I moved here 8 mo. ago and always wonder why you can NEVER (rarely)turn left anywhere in this wonderful state? less accidents ??
Less travel time on the main line. By eliminating left turning movements (and hence a left turn signal phase) at intersections, there is more "green time" for through movements. It gets more traffic through than a traditional all-movements intersection. It usually adds delay to left-turn movements, but overall the intersection performs with less delay.

There is also a safety advantage because there are fewer "points of conflict" where the paths different turning movements cross one another. Also, the lack of left lanes means the intersection is 24-30 feet shorter for pedestrians to cross, but then the disadvantage is peds have to cross the ramps.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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I moved here 8 mo. ago and always wonder why you can NEVER (rarely)turn left anywhere in this wonderful state? less accidents ??
Makes it easier for our seniors who forget to turn off their right turn signal
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:15 PM
 
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I think it's more because of the congestion. We sometimes can't afford to have left turn lane because it needs wider intersection. That's why most of the old crowded areas have jug-handle while newer areas, if they are less densed, have left turn lane. I might be wrong.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:52 PM
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Location: Redneckville, NJ
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Out here in "Happy Swell Meadows" NJ, we turn left all the time, just like the NASCAR drivers :O
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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Last month, when I was visiting New Jersey, I realized how far I had fallen, when I was simultaneously trying to make a left turn while using a cell phone. (This was on Rt 37 west, coming from Toms River towards Manchester) The other people in the car corrected me about the left turn, but after that correction, it was also pointed out that I was on the phone, which constitutes a dubious 'double fault' in the Garden State. Oh yeah, about 3 hours later, I attempted to pump my own gas. Again, I was told "No!"
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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If you are unlucky enough, you will see "ALL TURNS" sign and then when you get into the "ALL TURNS" lane, you will see that ALL SIGNS vanish all of a sudden. Then you are on your own to figure out how to come back and take a left turn.

NJ roads are very much intertwined and have lot of surprises.

That's why we don't want Cell phone talker. Just focus on your driving. Even with 100% focus, you are sure to make mistakes.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:07 PM
 
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I moved here 8 mo. ago and always wonder why you can NEVER (rarely)turn left anywhere in this wonderful state? less accidents ??
Remember, there are two variations: the jug-handle, and the cloverleaf. I prefer the cloverleaf, since its all right turns. In some jug-handle cases, you have to make a left turn anyways.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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The state doesn't think its citizens are capable of pumping gas, let alone trying to make a left turn!
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