Roadscapes Wednesday: Wacky Changes In Front Of The Oxford Wal-Mart


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday post, I talk about more problems in Oxford.  The problems are around the Wal-Mart and AL-21.  Since they repaved the road and re-did the median crossovers, traffic have found some new and more dangerous ways to avoid the traffic light and get into Wal-Mart.  The problem, the crossover to turn left from AL-21 into Wal-Mart and Chick-fil-A is short.  It makes traffic turn into the Kangaroo Gas Station instead of the road into Wal-Mart.  Drivers have to cut through the gas station and take a side road to connect to the Wal-Mart service road.

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There is not a lot of room between the stop sign and the side road, so it forces drivers to squeeze in between cars to access the service road.  Plus people leaving from Chick-fil-A have a harder time getting in and out because of the weird and dangerous design.

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Here is a short video of me profiling drivers who turn into the gas station to access the service road.  Yep, I almost caught a wreck on camera because drivers have a hard time getting out onto the service road.

And the changes they made at the Wal-Mart traffic light are even worse.  You see, some drivers will make a u-turn at the light to access Chick-fil-A.  While drivers are making a u-turn, drivers are turning right onto AL-21 from Wal-Mart.  Accidents have already happened because of the changes, and you can’t just put up a no right turn on red sign, as traffic will block the entrance into the Murphy’s Gas station, which will result in traffic blocking AL-21.

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Who was in charge of the new designs?  The City of Oxford, or ALDOT?  These are some wacky and weird changes that needs to be fixed now!  Extend the left turn lane so traffic turning left can turn into the Wal-Mart service road, without going into the Kangaroo Gas Station first.  If you think these changes are wacky, check out what Oxford did on Elm St. near Wal-Mart.  Instead of filling the holes on the side of the road with dirt, they put up delineators instead, what a waste of money and resources.

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Roadscapes Wednesday: Geek Alabama Road Drawings 58, 59, 60


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday, I am featuring the 58th, 59th, and 60th Geek Alabama road drawings!  The three road drawings feature a rural freeway intersection, a rural freeway interchange, and a huge traffic light intersection!  Enjoy my work!

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Roadscapes Wednesday: Five New Road Drawings Including a 28th Birthday Drawing


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday, I am showing off five new road drawings!  These road drawings vary from a 2-lane road becoming one way streets, traffic light intersection with one way streets, one interesting intersection, a downtown square with HAWK signals, and a road drawing thanking the supporters of Geek Alabama and my 28th birthday, enjoy!

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Roadscapes Wednesday: National Stop On Red Week


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This week is National Stop On Red Week.  What does this mean?  It means you stop at a red light at a traffic light, and not be one of those idiot drivers who runs the red light.  More and more cities are putting up red light cameras at certain intersections, and even though some say the cameras are a money grab for cities because they shorten the yellow light to catch more violators, I think red light cameras are a great thing!  Because I have seen my share of drivers running red lights, some drivers are a few seconds into the red light but still run them.

So here are some disturbing facts about red light running.

  • More than 8,700 people were killed in one year by intersection or intersection-related traffic accidents, according to the most recent statistics available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • More than 3.5 million drivers received a red-light violation in across the 20 states studied.
  • Drivers most frequently run red lights in the afternoon, with 30.07 percent (1,070,572) of all red-light running violations in 2013 occurring from 1 p.m – 5 p.m.
  • 7.3 Million red-light violations in 2012 involved distracted driving.
  • In 2012, Alabama experienced a total of 865 fatal crashes on its roadways. The number of intersection or intersection related fatal crashes in Alabama totaled over 138. Of these fatal crashes, 46 involved a traffic signal.

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In some cities in Alabama like Tuscaloosa, red light cameras have been placed to stop the problem of people running red lights.  And in cities with red light cameras, here is something surprising!  Nationwide, 89 percent of drivers who received a ticket issued by a red-light safety camera in 2013 have not received another.  In short, the cameras are not only penalizing red-light runners for their reckless behavior, but keeping them from committing the same dangerous acts again.  The National Coalition For Safer Roads believes roads would be safer, if people did not drive distracted and stopped at a red light.  In a video that I did when the power was out at a traffic light, many drivers just ignored it, including the police!

According to the FHWA, over 9,000 people have been killed because someone ran a red light.  And nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days.  So, many drivers can say they have run a red light, whether they will say it or not, it is unacceptable!  It will not kill you to stop at a red light and be a few minutes late.  Learn more about Stop On Red Week at: http://ncsrsafety.org/stop-on-red/

And the Alabama State Troopers are doing a program called the TACT Program where one state trooper is riding in a commercial truck, and radios another state trooper to pull over a vehicle who is doing something wrong.  Some people are calling this an entrapment, and for those people.  If you were not speeding or driving the wrong way, you would not have to worry about being pulled over!  Some people have nothing better to do than complain!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Urban Isolation


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday, I am featuring a video from the Vimeo channel  about empty Los Angeles freeways!  The video features people on skateboards as they ride down empty streets and freeways in Los Angeles.  The video is a celebration about skateboard filmmaking, and making roads and highways be free of all traffic!  And if you like the scenes in the video below, Russell is selling prints on his website.  All proceeds will be donated to LA county animal shelters.  One crazy fact about the making of this video, people actually skateboarded down the freeways with traffic on them, don’t do that at home!

Go to Russell Houghten’s website at: RussellHoughten.com, enjoy the video!

And here is the same video, with the traffic in it!