64 Worst’s Sweet 16: Lack of Left Turn Signals vs. Slow 911 Response Time

I have to admit surrender to challenging left turns, even though I like to tell myself that I’ve outwitted them. Instead of getting in the back of a line preparing to turn left at an intersection that lacks a dedicated left turn signal, I opt for going through the intersection, and making the next three available right turns, so I can head down the road the singular left turn would have allowed me. I haven’t spent the time to find out which saves me the most time, although I’m sure I’m less at risk of being plowed into by oncoming traffic as I make a left.

I don’t know about fellow readers, but if there’s one thing I’d be willing to pay more in taxes or fees for, it would be an overhaul of the 911 system. Stories of callers being put on hold, calls dropped, or emergency resources dispatched to the wrong locations are all too frequent. But don’t blame your local fire fighter or police officer – the problem is an antiquated system:

If you call 911 from a cellular phone in the L.A. area, the call will be routed through the California Highway Patrol. The caller’s location will not be identified automatically. It is extremely important to give clear and accurate instructions to the location of the emergency. Freeway interchanges are especially difficult for emergency responders who haven’t been given accurate locations. A good example is the I-5 and I-14 interchange in North Los Angeles. There are 23 separate routes of travel. If a wrong location is given, 10 – 20 minutes may be required to travel to the next off ramp and respond back to the emergency along the correct route. [LAFD]

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