The other night following the lightning storm, a power failure resulted in the area of Lower Sacramento Road and Lodi Avenue. As a result the traffic control light was out of service, as were all the street lights from Turner Road down as far south as Tokay.
While returning home that night, I watched cars approaching this highly traveled intersection with either no regard for the safety of themselves or others, or a lack of proper driver training and driver’s education classes.
In the time I watched this particular intersection, approximately 1 of every 7 cars stopped and treated it as a 4-way stop, as is required when a light-controlled intersection is not functioning. Some vehicles did not even slow down since I could hear the engine accelerating throughout their voyage down Lower Sacramento Road and straight through the intersection. Just because the light is out, it is not a “green light” (pardon the pun) to drive recklessly. All drivers must proceed with due care.
Drivers, please educate yourselves. Simple things like changing lanes when a disabled vehicle or emergency vehicle is on the shoulder, headlights on whenever wipers are in use, who has the right of way, slower traffic keep right, etc. make a huge difference in road safety, reduction of road-rage incidents as well as decreasing traffic congestion.