Driving You Crazy: Placement of left-turn lane markings

LAS VEGAS - A driver asks why stop bars in left turn lanes are far back from where the intersections start.

He says this leads to drivers cutting corners and ending up in the wrong lanes, cutting him off as he attempts left turns.

He says the farther back the lines are, the worse the problem gets.

In 2005, the City of Las Vegas worked on the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Jones Boulevard as part of its Jones Boulevard Traffic Improvement Project with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).

An assistant traffic engineer with the city says dual left-turn lanes at intersections like this one are often pulled back from the stop bar to accommodate dual left turns from the opposite side of the street.

As for drivers who aren't good at making turns, struggle to stick to their turn lanes or simply don't care, that's a problem for law enforcement.

Metro Police representatives say officers will not be able to prevent this practice all the time, but it is a focal point for traffic officers.

Metro and NDOT are working to make the valley a safer place to drive with their zero fatalities initiative. Police urge drivers to slow down as they head into those turns.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.


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