Yesterday Toronto media outlets reported that many motorists were surprised to find out that the intersection of Yonge Street and Lakeshore Blvd has a new traffic pattern.
For years the alignment has been one dedicated turn lane from eastbound Lakeshore to northbound Yonge and the adjacent lane gave the option of turning north or continuing east on Lakeshore.
The new layout has one dedicated turn lane to northbound Yonge only.
The stir was all about motorists being ticketed for making illegal left hand turns or what is commonly referred to as double lefts.
I drove through the area this morning to see what the problem is...and I couldn't find one. Three eastbound lanes all marked exceptionally well, overhead signage telling you the paths of travel for each lane, road markings indicating the direction of travel for each lane.
This realignment reportedly took place in March along with a great deal of construction to the area. The construction work has wrapped up for the most part and all the lane markings and signage have been done.
An addition to the intersection is a new pedestrian crossing on the north side of the intersection that was never there before.
So people are complaining that the police are enforcing the law there. I complain that if you are getting ticketed there you are a driver that needs some enforcement because you are apparently an unaware driver that bases decisions on routine.
There is so much signage and the road markings are so clear this is a mistake that should not be happening. If you are a driver that travels a route and you are in the habit of making the same turns, lane changes and paths of travel choices because you do it all the time, then you need to re-think how you drive.
Driving should never be performed in a state of memory since the environment around you is always changing. You should be paying attention all the time and when things change, you should not be surprised...you have to be prepared.
If you truly were not aware and not prepared, don't make an illegal movement just because it is what you have always done, change your route, be fluid and re-group.