“2” traffic control devices (YIELD SIGN/TRAFFIC SIGNAL) controlling a single traffic lane is a classic example of an OXYMORON INTERSECTION (conflicting controls).
Intersection picture above is a classic OXYMORON for the right lane.
1. Both the YIELD SIGN (arrow #1) and the TRAFFIC SIGNAL (arrow #2) are controls for the RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT. This can create an OXYMORON for the right-turn movement. The red traffic signal means stop before making a right-turn on red while the yield sign means a stop is not required before making a right-turn on red.
2. There is also a STOP LINE (arrow #3) painted in the right lane meaning stop on a red traffic signal which contradicts the YIELD SIGN option to proceed without stopping when turning right.
THE OXYMORON FIX
DelDOT should remove the YIELD SIGN.
1. A RED TRAFFIC SIGNAL then would mean stop before making a right-turn on red.
2. A GREEN TRAFFIC SIGNAL would mean a right-turn can be made without stopping.
Not only are OXYMORONS confusing to explain in the intersections in which they appear (picture #5-2 above), but they also transfer their confusion to other intersections thus increasing the potential for collisions.
It is important to recognize “The D Team” takes the position that inconsistencies/confusions can also be classified as ROADSIDE BOMBS set to explode at some unknown future date.
In a DelDOT’s response quote (below) they are essentially requesting the assistance of all Delaware motorists in their quest for consistency (correctness) on all Delaware roadways.
DelDOT response quote: “However, there are locations in Delaware that are not consistent with these current standards…when identified by our staff or they are brought to our attention, we are taking steps to make changes…”
Now please join the “The D Team” in identifying for DelDOT the location of inconsistencies/confusions that appear on Delaware roadways. By participating with “The D Team” in this learning experience two valuable goals will be gained.
First Goal, each course taker will have an opportunity to gain substantial safety knowledge such as:
1. the accurate placement of a YIELD SIGN for right-turning traffic,
2. the correct meaning of a YIELD SIGN when controlling right-turning traffic,
3. when a TRAFFIC SIGNAL controls right-turning traffic,
4. when a STOP LINE should be placed in a right-turn lane,
5. and more!
Second Goal, DelDOT will be able to utilize the material presented in this course to make the corrections thereby decreasing the inconsistencies/confusions on Delaware roadways. If you notice inconsistencies while traveling on Delaware roadways, inform “The D Team” by emailing us here. The information can then be identified to DelDOT.