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Saturday, May 07, 2016

It's quite entertaining when the traffic light is out

Watching the scene from Starbucks.
Thursday was one of those Andy Griffith days where you can just pass the day watching traffic. Literally.

The traffic light in the center of town was out for a day and so it was an interesting scene to stand back and watch people navigate McFarlane Road, Main Highway and Grand Avenue. I realized that this is a perfect place for a traffic circle, but I know the county did studies and the area is not large enough according to them, but look at the circle in front of Blanche Park. That's not very large and it works, I think.

Anyway, it was interesting to see the constant flow of traffic without anyone stopping for the light. There were stop signs and the one on McFarlane was in a tight spot so it was funny to see people knock it down and then jump out of their cars to pick it back up again. I small car would hit it, yet a large garbage truck maneuvered around it. It was quite entertaining. I almost think traffic moved along better than when the traffic light is working. I didn't hear any beeping and that's usually the thing you hear all the time at that intersection.

I always tease Louis, the Grove Ambassador, that he should put on a pith helmet and stand on a box in the center of the triangle there and direct traffic. He's not going for it.

I did hear that some guy went out there to direct traffic but the cops chased him away; of course they didn't direct it themselves, so what's the big deal with a good Samaritan doing it? I remember after Hurricane Andrew, my friend and I directed traffic. We went to the DOT and got orange vests and a whistle and we were set out on the streets.

We chose busy intersections to make it fun. We did US1 and 27 Avenue and the Bird Road and the Palmetto, a crazy intersection and also where 874 lets out on US1. People were nice, they would hand us bottles of water and soda and it was fun for a couple of days.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's shameful that the Police would not take charge of the intersection with an office directing traffic and keeping everyone safe. Guess they were too busy sitting in their cars with dark windows rolled up and engines idling. A little more community involvement would go a long way to gain more respect. Would even be good exercise.

May 07, 2016 5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon have a little more respect for are police.they were at dunkin donuts

May 07, 2016 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Always thought we should have a person in uniform with a pith helmet and white gloves directing traffic at that intersection and at Main Highway and Commodore Plaza. Might just help the flow of auto and pedestrian traffic. It would also provide a great show for the tourists and locals alike.

May 07, 2016 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah it's funny they hire police to direct traffic for the privileged kids and their moms in their way too large SUVs out of the schools on Main Hwy that cause such a traffic jam but they won't hire police in a situation like this when the lights go out.

May 07, 2016 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could not believe the incredible dangerous mess at this intersection with nary a patrolman in sight....while a few blocks away there were police cars and patrolmen at Ransom and Carrolton directing the soccer moms.

May 07, 2016 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of bashing the police, who were probably out doing their job of policing the neighborhoods, why don't you blame the idiot drivers that don't understand the concept of an intersection turns into a 4-way stop when the light is out.

May 07, 2016 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The police at Ranson and Carrollton are paid for by the schools.

May 07, 2016 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt the confusion taking place at the intersection with a broken traffic light and no police must have been most entertaining for those nearby customers in the outdoor cafes. Watching to see who had the right of way in a four way stop. Wondering how this "Reality Show" would play out. It's always entertaining to see how Miami Drivers react to unfamiliar situations. Who was courteous, aggressive or did not have a clue as to what to do? Hopefully the evening ended peacefully and with no bloodshed.

May 07, 2016 7:56 PM  

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