What I observed in my ten years in this county is that drivers either do not know what yield means, i.e. stop and give way to the car in the lane which you are attempting to enter, or merely take it as advice not a directive.
I agree no one knows what yield means. So many on our local roads that are coming from a side road think merge means step on it and cut off the person coming down the road. Not yield and enter when safe!
Nowhere is the Yield sign ignored more than at the bridge on Rawhide. I get so sick of it!
This guy neither yielded nor matched highway speed before merging into traffic.
The majority of traffic accidents are caused by careless/inattentive/scared drivers disrupting the flow of traffic. That includes those who just sit there in the merge lane and those who merge without looking.
@sergey & usfsmom
Merge lanes are there so you can accelerate to highway speed and merge without disrupting the flow of traffic. Of course it says "yield", you don't have the right-of-way, but you still have to git-er-done or run the risk of being rear ended by someone intent on merging properly.
"Yield" doesn't mean "play dead and wait for empty roadway". If you're going to "enter when safe" you really should just stay home, because the road is a dangerous place and it's made worse by timid drivers.
I saw where it happened. It looks like he didn't stop at the STOP sign. Maybe the article should have been worded differently.
(Makes a difference on how people comment.)
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