Today I would like to present a discussion of the highway center lanes that begin at the Urie intersection and proceed to the north, south, east and west from the Urie intersetion/junction. For those of you who do not know what those center lanes are for, let me explain.
The reason I want to take this time to explain what the center lane is for, is because many times, as I prepared to turn left onto Rees Road, after traveling south from Urie, which is approx. 1/4 mile south of the Urie intersection on my way to work at Covolo Auto and Farm Service, I have had to quickly and carefully move out of the center lane because someone traveling north from Mountain View could not wait an additional second or two for a vehicle turning right onto Rees Road to get out of their way, so they swerved to their left, into the center lane right into the path of someone using the center lane to turn left. Therefore, they used the center lane as a passing lane, which is illegal. The purpose of the center lane is ‘left turn.’
I ask, did you get that, I said ‘left turn.’
That center lane is designated as a left turn lane, not a lane for the vehicle that is behind a vehicle that is turning right to shoot around the right turn vehicle. There is no reason to be so impatient because the vehicles now are able to accelerate quite comfortably back to the speed limit, which by the way drops down to 45 MPH in just a short distance as you get close to the Urie junction.
So next time you cannot wait for the car in front of you to get out of your way remember ICKY. ICKY stands for impatience can kill you. Or, maybe someone else. Please drive safely so we all can enjoy this beautiful Valley we live in.
Ronald G. Rasmussen
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