[Letter] An Introduction to 'Yielding' for New Canaan Drivers

The following was a submission to Patch as a Letter to the Editor. The ideas and opinions presented here, without editing and as-received, are solely the opinion of the authorthough the idea of Connecticut having some terrible drivers may be less "solely the opinion of the author" than some of the other letters I've posted.


It is a much too common occurrence that drivers exiting Route 123 onto Parade Hill Road / Forest Street do not yield at the YIELD sign.  Could it be that these drivers are not aware of the meaning of YIELD?  Regardless of the reason, their irresponsible action is dangerous.

The Driver's Manual of the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles states: 

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. It means you must slow down and yield the right-of-way to traffic in the intersection you are crossing or roadway you are entering.

Let's all drive safely, intelligently and courteously. 

Thank you,
Tracy Miller

G. Eastman December 03, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Thank you for posting this. This is the worst intersection in town. I think there was a video that was done for a story on this a while back. I will see if I can find this.
G. Eastman December 03, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Here it is. http://newcanaan.patch.com/groups/sports/p/to-strive-to-seek-to-find-and-not-to-yield
e December 03, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I think that yield sign is very confusing. I would think a driver that has "only" a yield sign has an implied right of way if no one is coming, i.e., I dont feel they are required to yield to cars sitting at a stop sign, because there is no implied right of way with a stop sign. What is the correct interpretation? .


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