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please look right before turning right

Original post made by pedestrian, Midtown, on Oct 11, 2013

Most Palo Alto drivers understand that speeding, drunk driving, and red light running are extremely dangerous to both yourself and to other road users. Unfortunately, a basic rule of the road that most Palo Alto car drivers do not seem to understand is always LOOK RIGHT before turning right. Often I will see multiple pedestrians in a crosswalk when a driver turns right into their path.

The problem is that most drivers turning right for some reason have their eyes glued to their left and never look for other road users on their right. You need to look right whether or not you have a green light. Also look right at stop signs and when pulling out of driveways. Always look right before turning right. This only takes an extra second or two out of your busy day. Please please please. Thank you.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Good point.

Pedestrians coming from where a driver is not looking also can try be sure they have made eye contact before walking in front of a car. Never blindly walk in front of any vehicle that can kill you without noting it has seen you or not.

I learned this lesson early on in my driving career when exiting a parking lot was looking so hard to the left that I did not see that the car in front of me that I thought had exited the parking lot was sitting them stopped in from of me for no reason. Never assume. Fortunately I just softly bumped the car as I slowly rolled out - no damage, except to my ego.

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Posted by pedestrian
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Demanding that pedestrians make eye contact with you is really lame. What if the pedestrian is already half way across the street before you start pulling out? If she waits in the middle of the street hoping that you look her way, then she is a sitting duck for cars coming from other directions. Older pedestrians or parents with small children may not be able to run to get out of your way. Some pedestrians will pound on the hood of cars that are about to hit them, but this can spook the driver into hitting the accelerator instead of the brake.

The only solution is for car drivers to pay attention. Come to a full stop before starting your turn. LOOK RIGHT BEFORE TURNING RIGHT. Memorize that. It is not that hard. Thank you.

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Posted by DUH
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

This is a no-brainer, but look BOTH ways, right, left, and right again before turning right. As a bicyclist, I was once hot by a driver looking left while turning right. he had to pay my medical bills and then some,

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Posted by Occasional Cyclist
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

DUH, sorry to hear about your accident. Were you riding on the wrong side of the street when hit? Or were you riding up on the inside of a car waiting to turn right? Otherwise, I am not sure how you were hit by someone turning right. Please can you explain more how this happened. Thanks.

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