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    I saw a major crash the day before Christmas right near my house. I driving my Corvette behind a group of cars and we were approaching an intersection. We were moving at about 50 mph. There was Toyota Camry sitting at the intersection waiting to make a right turn into our direction of travel. The Camry decided to go, probably either distracted or simply too self-absorbed to even think about all the vehicles coming her way. Maybe she had done this kind of thing many times before….who really knows. But the Camry pulled out and she got T-Boned by a Minivan at 50 mph. Minivan didn’t even attempt to slow down or brake…probably because its driver was NOT expecting the Camry to pull out. Or maybe the Minivan driver was distracted too. The Camry’s driver’s side window shattered and its driver’s door folded in. The Camry got shoved up onto the sidewalk and the front of the car knocked down the signal control units sitting next to the steel poles holding up the signals. The Camry’s front wheel drivetrain folded up on impact and I’m quite sure it was going to need a whole new FWD powertrain from the damage it sustained, if not a total loss. Both the Camry driver and its occupants were clearly shaken and hurt. The Minivan’s airbags deployed and its front heavily damaged. Both parties’ Christmas were ruined for sure.

    In the past few years I have been noticing a disturbing trend around my area. Driver’s waiting to make their right turns make the turn whether there are oncoming vehicles or not. This forces oncoming vehicles to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision, causing a dangerous chain reaction. Just prior the above accident, the same exact incident occurred not far from my home. Luckily, the oncoming vehicle had time to swerve to avoid the right turning vehicle! It did cause the oncoming vehicle to cut into my lane, which forced me to slam on my brakes, but there was no collision. All this because some self-absorbed, non-caring individual decided they could not wait an additional 5 seconds to let oncoming traffic go by before making their right turn.

    Is 5 – 10 seconds of your time really worth a major collision, and perhaps risking neck and hip injury to yourself and your passengers? Not to mention the expense and inconvenience of having your car fixed, paying for the increase in your insurance premium, any medical bills, plus having to recover from any injury you may sustain! Please ask yourselves this question before you decide to pull out onto oncoming traffic because you feel you can’t be inconvenienced by waiting. Please ask this question to your loved ones and friends to remind them that being patient for just a few more seconds can sometimes be the difference between making it safely to your destination or ruining your whole year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue View Post

    Is 5 – 10 seconds of your time really worth a major collision, and perhaps risking neck and hip injury to yourself and your passengers? Not to mention the expense and inconvenience of having your car fixed, paying for the increase in your insurance premium, any medical bills, plus having to recover from any injury you may sustain! Please ask yourselves this question before you decide to pull out onto oncoming traffic because you feel you can’t be inconvenienced by waiting. Please ask this question to your loved ones and friends to remind them that being patient for just a few more seconds can sometimes be the difference between making it safely to your destination or ruining your whole year!
    I've learned to be a little patient but then I'm getting old.

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    More than likely the Camery driver was on the cell phone or texting. That is becoming a bigger problem all the time. I've also noticed an increase of people running the traffic light as it turns from yellow to red. It seems that 3 or 4 cars will go on through after the light changes.

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    It is illegal to use a hands-on cell phone while driving in CA.

    Not that it has stopped many....lately, I've been seeing cell phone usage, text messaging, etc. while driving because the police and the CA Hwy Patrol no longer enforces this law. They just go after speeders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue View Post
    It is illegal to use a hands-on cell phone while driving in CA.

    Not that it has stopped many....lately, I've been seeing cell phone usage, text messaging, etc. while driving because the police and the CA Hwy Patrol no longer enforces this law. They just go after speeders.
    Speeders is where the money is!

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    Just saw one today where a car made a right turn on red into the back quarter of a van going across the intersection. Not very sever but any accident is upsetting.

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    Oh yeah speeding citations is definitely where all the $$ lie.

    It always makes me wonder how Law enforcement and local governments spend so much time and money in aqcuiring speed measuring devices, and training their officers to use them. Meanwhile, nobody cares to come up with a device to stop high speed chases, or crack down on cell phone users, or put more emphasis on drunk driving law enforcement, etc.

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    They have roadblocks here all the time looking for drunk drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vett boy View Post
    I've learned to be a little patient but then I'm getting old.
    Right there with you.

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