It’ll never catch on

I am indebted to Rob O’Hara for this traffic-law update:

Just a reminder that as of last Friday, a new Oklahoma City ordinance says you must signal 100 feet before changing lanes or turning. The old law stated that you had to signal prior to changing lanes but did not officially state the distance.

We have major scofflaws in this town: just about every other day you can spot someone who’s come to a complete stop in the left lane and only then turned on the blinker. Must be trying to save fluid or something. I figure, if they ignored the old rule, they’ll go on ignoring the new one, despite the $172 fine.


  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    8 October 2015 · 2:13 pm

    You think that’s bad? I was at a Mercedes dealership the other day, when I heard a woman ask a salesman if the turn signal lever in the new car she’d ordered could be removed before delivery! Apparently she’s worried that she might bump it and accidentally signal a turn. Not the wrong turn, mind you; just a turn.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  2. CGHill »

    8 October 2015 · 2:57 pm

    Holy flurking schnitt, that’s terrible.

    You still driving that S-Class?

  3. jsallison »

    8 October 2015 · 4:38 pm

    Hmph and I always thought they were dealer-installed options.

  4. fillyjonk »

    8 October 2015 · 5:06 pm

    I would think asking for the turn signal lever to be removed for that reason would immediately disqualify one from anything so adult as having a driver’s license.

  5. McGehee »

    8 October 2015 · 6:38 pm

    I once asked (anonymously) in the local paper whether the sheriff’s patrol cars even had turn signals.

    After it was published, the patrol deputies actually started using them.

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