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County government gives beat writer Ross Schulz so much to write about, it can't ALL possibly fit in the newspaper, so we've made room here for that and whatever else he wants to blog about.

Turning drivers need to do homework

July 11, 2012 | 10:30 AM

As I was leaving downtown Corydon one day recently, I saw something that truly made me proud.

I was sitting at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Chestnut Street as a vehicle, a Ford truck, headed west was stopped in front of The Green Door restaurant, waiting for the light to turn green. The vehicle behind the truck, some sort of maroon Jeep, was turning right and thought it was just fine to try to squeeze in to the right of the truck to make the turn when it is obvious to anyone with functioning eyes that there is no turning lane there.

So, when the light turned green, the truck put its turn signal on and slowly turned right, pinning the other vehicle between it and the sidewalk. I watched the action from the other side of the intersection, cheering the truck on as it went and throwing a couple fist pumps in celebration.

I'm sure the driver of the Jeep was upset, but, hopefully, they will at least learn a lesson about how to drive and the rules of the road.

Motorists try to sneak in next to a vehicle and turn right there quite frequently, and they also merge right and continue straight through the intersection, flying past someone trying to turn. Neither move is legal or safe and couldn't possibly save the driver more than 15 to 30 seconds of time.

The entire section of Capitol Avenue leading north out of downtown, all the way up to S.R. 135 by McDonald's and Shireman's, should be a case study in how not to drive.

The middle lane — the one designated for making left turns — between the north bridge and Shireman's is used by many drivers as a halfway safe zone to attempt to turn across one lane of traffic, left or right. There's little scarier than driving north and having cars fly into the middle lane leaving you to temporarily wonder if they are going to come on into the road right in front of you or stop in the turning lane.

I understand motorists using it as a middle lane because sometimes it's nearly impossible to turn left onto Old S.R. 135 from either side of the road. One of the worst places to try to turn left is from S.R. 337 by KFC. Someone could be stuck there for a good two songs on the radio before being able to get out on the road.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has conducted a traffic study at the intersection of S.R. 337 and Old Highway 135 but has not deemed a traffic signal is necessary. Perhaps until that day comes the speed limit for Old Highway 135 between the north bridge and the intersection with S.R. 135 could be reduced from 40 miles per hour, and enforced, to give motorists more time to hop out onto the road.

Otherwise, the stretch of road will continue to be a crapshoot of vehicles flying about trying to get where they need to go.

Ross Schulz


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    135 traffic
    July 13, 2012 | 10:40 PM

    I agree wih Mr Schulz on all he has said but have a few things to add. They could put stop sighs at the three way of 337 & 135 at KFC. That would slow down vehicles enough to make it easier to get out on 135. I think one of the problems is people don't give turn signals and speed going down 135 into downtown.

    Glenda Tillett
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    Ross Driving Commentary
    July 17, 2012 | 02:46 PM

    Do I understand that you believe it was appropriate for the Ford truck driver to sit at the light with no blinker and then quickly turn it on right before he turned (and in order to prove a point to the Jeep)? If so, the Jeep driver is not the only one who needs a driving lesson.

    Britney Jones
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    July 19, 2012 | 12:10 PM

    Mr. Shulz is correct as he most always is. I enjoy your articles. Please keep them coming.

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