Traffic Talk: Merging from turnpike into heavy traffic causes concern

Don Gammill: Can help at Kilpatrick Turnpike exit onto Memorial Road
by Don Gammill Published: August 20, 2012
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The Memorial Road traffic also goes immediately into left turn, straight ahead, or right turn. The I-44 to Expressway traffic goes a greater distance before it reaches a stoplight.

Where the big problem occurs, as you pointed out, is when vehicles exit the turnpike and attempt to slash and dash across Memorial. Would a barrier reduce the danger? Possibly. It's less than a block from the ramp to the light. Would you force everyone exiting the turnpike to turn left?

I think it will take more engineering study to see how the traffic flow would work. The traffic engineers constantly assess the major routes.

We'll see what they come up with.

By the way ...

Have you seen those public service announcements about the consequences of texting and driving? Powerful stuff.

There's one where a young man has trouble speaking and says he has had thoughts about giving up because of the hardships the brain damage and other injuries he suffered in an accident caused by texting.

There's another where a young woman shows the text between her and a friend or sister who was killed when she crashed while she was looking at her phone as they were communicating. One word.

It only takes a second for tragedy to strike. One tiny second of distraction can produce a lifetime of pain and anguish.

Hopefully, you are not among those who engage in this dangerous — and sometimes fatal — activity. If you HAVE TO communicate by phone, pull over. Be safe, not sorry.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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