U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Oregon
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-15-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
2,090 posts, read 3,070,424 times
Reputation: 3261

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by NW4me View Post
What impressed me was the Corvallis drivers stopping even when not required to by law.
Actually It can be dangerous. Oregon drivers violate the law many times/day in the quest to be "polite". "Polite" can cause accidents. Better to just follow the law.

For example, when some yahoo stops in mid traffic to "let me in" even when he/she has right of way, it creates an uncontrolled situation. I don't go because I may be the cause of the accident - if I moved into oncoming traffic despite not having tight of way. that is certainly the way the cops would review the scenario and I would not blame them.

Better to just learn the rules of the road and adhere to them.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-15-2018, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Northern California
2,106 posts, read 1,098,072 times
Reputation: 3421
Quote:
Originally Posted by BruceM View Post
Once we got here we realized there was something this was going to be the place for us.
Here is a little piece I wrote years ago on this forum about our first days here:

Re the friendliness of Oregonians here is the story I like to tell about how we came to choose to purchase a home in Corvallis on our 2nd day visiting in town.
We were on a corner of 2nd St downtown and were discussing which direction we wanted to go. My wife pointed one way and I pointed another. I looked around and saw traffic stopped in all directions. I said to my wife that we needed to make up our minds as traffic was stopped waiting for us to enter the crosswalk! Mind you, we were on the sidewalk and not even in the crosswalk yet!
In Florida, where we were living at the time, drivers pretty much ignore crosswalks. It has the highest rate of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths per capita of any state in the US so this courtesy, whether state mandated or not, was quite a pleasant surprise to us.


We were so enthused by what we had seen so far that we decided to purchase a house right away even though we would not be ready to move for another couple of years.
I had a similar experience on my first visit to Corvallis a few years ago:

I'd flown into PDX, rented a car, and was driving around near Central Park looking for a parking space. I went past one, then started to back into it when an SUV swooped in from behind and took it. But then the driver of the SUV noticed my car and made a gesture like, "oh, were you going to park here?" I nodded, and she gave up the parking space. OMG!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-15-2018, 03:24 PM
 
19 posts, read 37,407 times
Reputation: 43
Thanks, Bruce. You've been very helpful with the information and article you provided. Much appreciated. Now, it's onward march ....
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-15-2018, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
9,144 posts, read 3,846,601 times
Reputation: 12290
Quote:
Originally Posted by ccjarider View Post
Actually It can be dangerous. Oregon drivers violate the law many times/day in the quest to be "polite". "Polite" can cause accidents. Better to just follow the law.

For example, when some yahoo stops in mid traffic to "let me in" even when he/she has right of way, it creates an uncontrolled situation. I don't go because I may be the cause of the accident - if I moved into oncoming traffic despite not having tight of way. that is certainly the way the cops would review the scenario and I would not blame them.

Better to just learn the rules of the road and adhere to them.
As irritated as I get by unnecessary yielding, I don't believe it's a violation of any law. Also I think you are creating more of a traffic hazard by refusing to go. That just creates a , no you go, no you go, no you go, situation, and delays everybody. If someone yields to you unnecessarily, just go.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-17-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Whidbey paradise
652 posts, read 721,673 times
Reputation: 720
Too many drivers don't actually know what right of way means. Or they put courtesy over law.
At a four-way stop, for instance, if driver A from the south, stops at the same moment as driver B, from the east, B is on the right of A(A is on B's left), so driver B has the right of way.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-17-2018, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Newport, OR
197 posts, read 402,633 times
Reputation: 189
Silverton is 10th and Philomath is 12th safest town in Oregon. https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-oregon/
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-19-2018, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
2,090 posts, read 3,070,424 times
Reputation: 3261
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloudy Dayz View Post
As irritated as I get by unnecessary yielding, I don't believe it's a violation of any law. Also I think you are creating more of a traffic hazard by refusing to go. That just creates a , no you go, no you go, no you go, situation, and delays everybody. If someone yields to you unnecessarily, just go.
Well technically it could be a violation if a cop believes unnecessary stop led to a dangerous situation. I tell you what though. If there is accident and my car looks to be in middle of intersection where I clearly did not have right of way - I am screwed.

Besides I am trying in my own little way to train the goofy Oregon driver to just follow the damn rules. ( I am sure I will be successful in this endeavor.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-19-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
9,144 posts, read 3,846,601 times
Reputation: 12290
Quote:
Originally Posted by ccjarider View Post
Well technically it could be a violation if a cop believes unnecessary stop led to a dangerous situation. I tell you what though. If there is accident and my car looks to be in middle of intersection where I clearly did not have right of way - I am screwed.

Besides I am trying in my own little way to train the goofy Oregon driver to just follow the damn rules. ( I am sure I will be successful in this endeavor.
Well, the cop would have to have a specific VC violation to write a ticket for. I have no idea what that would be. Also it would be extremely difficult to argue that a driver being unnecessarily polite is causing a dangerous situation. As far as the risk of an accident, that's the main reason I don't like to be forced into a situation like that, and don't appreciate it. But if it happens, I just proceed with extreme caution. Especially looking for other vehicles who may not yield. If not safe to do so, I would not move.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Oregon

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top