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Readers suggest heeding unspoken rules of the road

Last week's column about resolving to be more conscientious, safe drivers in the new year brought a slew of notes from readers suggesting additions to the Doc's list of 10 points to consider before hitting the road in 2012.

Bill Goode wrote to say that he wishes that drivers with no intention of turning right at an intersection would use the center or left lanes to allow others to move through and turn right on a red signal (where permitted).

"It can be very frustrating and fuel-wasting to sit there while the straight-bound car stops there in the turn lane. By the same token, if one is pulling out of a parking lot with a queue of cars behind and wants to turn left, but endless, streaming traffic makes it impossible to do so, have the presence of mind and the consideration to turn right with the traffic flow instead of across it and continue to the next U-turn possibility. Just doing these two things would save our frayed nerves and millions of gallons of gas yearly," Goode wrote.

Arnie Miller wrote that we should have mentioned that drivers should not use flashers while driving in bad weather. Miller also noted that a lot of folks of all ages probably received the gift of a new bicycle during the holidays so now is good time to remind bike riders that most traffic laws apply to two-wheeled vehicles too. Learn more about bicycle safety at

Transportation hearing will be held online

The state Department of Transportation is scheduled to hold a one-hour virtual public hearing Tuesday regarding proposed median modifications along Gulf Boulevard at 11 locations from 100th Avenue to Walsingham Road, and the addition of a left-turn lane at Madeira Way. Proposed changes include the construction of raised median islands that act as pedestrian refuges. The addition of the medians would change existing turning movements along Gulf Boulevard.

Other proposed improvements include milling and resurfacing the pavement to correct pavement markings and modifications to current pedestrian facilities along the corridor.

The virtual meeting is a presentation broadcast in real time via the Internet, and participants are required to register. Folks who register will receive confirmation and additional information via email. Those without a computer or Internet access may view the meeting in person at the Treasure Island Community Center or the DOT District Seven Auditorium in Tampa.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday

Where: Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue; DOT District Seven Auditorium, 1201 N McKinley Drive in Tampa.


Barricade watch

Be prepared for street closures throughout St. Pete Beach next weekend due to the St. Pete Beach Classic 5K, 10K and half marathon. Several streets will be closed to traffic between 6:45 and 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and Jan. 15. See details online at

The current closure of Harbor Drive from Fairmont to Marshall Street in Clearwater is expected to last until close to the end of the month due to work on sewer lines. Traffic is being detoured via Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Email Ask Dr. Delay at to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @askdrdelay. Questions selected for publication may be edited for space and clarity.

Readers suggest heeding unspoken rules of the road 01/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 7, 2012 3:31am]
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