Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Failure to Signal Leaves Other Drivers Guessing; ALONG FOR THE RIDE; TRANSPORTATION

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Failure to Signal Leaves Other Drivers Guessing; ALONG FOR THE RIDE; TRANSPORTATION

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"You should use your turn signals before you change lanes, turn right or left, merge into traffic, or park."

- 2011 Missouri Driver Guide

I can still remember my driver's education teacher, Mr. Jellinghausen, telling our small high school class of aspiring drivers that no one ever got a ticket for signaling too much.

Now I'm not sure if that's true.

But I do know that it strikes a special nerve when someone's car darts in front of mine without signaling a turn or a lane change. And St. Louis has its share of drivers who ignore the simple teachings of the Missouri Driver Guide.

Reader Jack Lippold of Overland, for one, acknowledges there is room for improvement.

But in a letter to Ride, he adds: "I would say more than half of motorists properly signal turns, lane changes and entering the highway. Except for one thing - making exits."

When leaving a highway, Lippold observes, there is a disturbing disconnect with more than half of the drivers he sees. Most don't signal.

"A signal for an exit is just as essential as those other situations," he wrote. "Yet (much) fewer will do it. I'm not sure if anyone has an answer to this, but what gives?"

Any ideas?

NEW OUTER BELT OPENS JULY 14

Officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation and the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic will open the new connection between St. Luke's Hospital and Page Avenue on July 14.

The segment closes the final gap between Highway 141 to the south and Maryland Heights Expressway to the north. Once completed, the new outer-belt highway will create a continuous thoroughfare from Arnold to Hazelwood.

Q. Wondering if you have any insight into the following issue. Since the new McDonald's has been open on the northwest corner of the intersection of Manchester and Clarkson roads in Ellisville, several "iffy" left turns have been observed from the eastbound Manchester lanes into the driveway west of the restaurant. There is a dividing curb extending about one car length past what common sense would tell drivers: "No, you do not drive into oncoming westbound traffic on Manchester to enter this access drive." Can anything be done about this? …

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