Driver describes odd incidents at end of street past the Y

The in basket: Suzi Hubert writes, “Homer Jones Drive, which runs up past the East Bremerton YMCA is marked as one way. I turn left from the parking lot to head up to the point where you have to turn left or right (onto Schley Boulevard) and when turning left have kept to the left side of the street.

“Several times I have gotten to the point where I need to turn left and the car coming up the road on the right side of the road turns left in front of me. I always thought turning left from a one-way street would mean you hang to left side of the street. Maybe it’s meant to be a one-lane road but at that point of turning there is plenty of room for two lanes.”

I asked if it’s the same vehicle that does it and she said no, they are different each time.

The out basket: This is a puzzling complaint in that it’s easy to imagine it happening once, but several times is hard to explain.

I think that Lt. Pete Fisher of the Bremerton police, who I asked about this, senses the same thing I do, that perhaps Suzi travels too slow for many Y members or patrons from the Bremerton ice rink, who must use Homer Jones Drive to leave either facility.

“I would say there may be an issue where the writer maybe (is) holding up traffic,” Pete said, “and out of frustration they are going around her, or she is so far to the left, that other drivers think she is parked/parking and are going around her.  There could be violations for each, depending on the circumstances. There could be issues with the first driver impeding traffic and there could be issues for the other driver for improper passing, or improper lane use/change but that would be an officer discretion issues, based upon the officers’ observations.”

There is only one lane on Schley to receive cars turning left from Homer Jones Drive, so I think it very likely the impatient turners would be ticketed were Suzi to make her turn at the same time and they collided.

Certainly it would be helpful if lane lines and arrows were put on the pavement to separate the flows of vehicles and denote one lane for turning left and another for turning right. There are none now.

3 thoughts on “Driver describes odd incidents at end of street past the Y

  1. I want to state that the writer is correct. She is not going “too slow” and people are not going around her because of it. It is a 20 mile an hour zone anyway as there is a day care right there on that corner. I leave the Y every day and go to that intersection. People forget it is a one way street. They stay on the right and make left hand turns from the right lane. If I am in the left hand lane to make a left and someone pulls up on the right, I just wait, because I don’t know if they are really going to turn right, or if they are going to cut right across in front me to make a left hand turn. So often now, people don’t even use their blinkers. You are right, a “right hand” arrow in the right lane, and a “left Hand” arrow in the left lane might help.

  2. The writer is correct. She is not going too slow or impeding traffic. People forget it is a one way street, veer to the right and make left hand turns from the right lane. I go through that intersection almost every day, and if I am in the left hand lane to make a left turn and someone pulls up on my right I just wait. I never know if they are really going to turn right or if they are going to cut across in front of me and make a left turn. A “Right hand” arrow in the right lane and a “Left hand” arrow in the left lane might help.

  3. It is now November 1 and this problem is still happening every time I go to the YMCA – at least three times a week. Every time I make this left turn onto Schley, I wait until the car next to me has made the turn because two out of three times, the turn will be make from the right hand rather than the left hand lane. It still irks me that you would blame Suzi Hubert for driving too slowly rather than checking out the problem personally. Yes, it really does happen and it happens consistently every, single day.

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