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Simple tasks require simple solutions


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 11, 2019 - 7:59 PM

We moved here in July, and must say we are enjoying our new home and the area.  

Now that is the clue for all the old-timers to boilerplate their reply "If you don't like it, go back to where you came from" so they don't have to type it every time I ask why something is the way it is, or why things are done a certain way.  

I'm curious and generally will ask about things rather than stay in the dark wondering.  I'm kind of a simple guy that looks for simple solutions that are cost-effective.

So here is question #1:  How many different left-turn signals are used in Georgia? I got my license changed and am trying to drive like everyone else, but the left turn thing has me hesitating.

I see an intersection with a simple sign that says "left turn yield on green." This seems to be the way most places do it. It's nice and simple, only costs about $40 for the sign, and works in all weather. 

Then there are the intersections that have a green arrow that turns yellow then off until it cycles again. This requires a piggybacked light fixture costing thousands of dollars for the actual fixture and required programming. 

I guess this is more sophisticated and shows more DOT control because it actually tells you when you can go, warns you, then just lets the sign carry the load.

Now we come to the DOT Command And Control turn signal. This thing is a separate signal requiring additional programming that shows a green arrow then a flashing yellow (like the simpler version) for the duration of the regular green light.  

WHY IS THIS NECESSARY?  How many thousands of extra tax dollars are being wasted on a super fancy flashing sign that was all controlled by a $40 sign for years?  

Have we gotten so enthralled with electronic devices we can't get the job done with a simple solution?

So here is my theory. Some salesman stuffed wads of cash in the hand of a DOT manager appointed by a politician. The salesman and DOT guy discussed it over another deposit in a politician's office. 

Now the politician introduces the legislation, and here we are, spending thousands of dollars on a fancy turn signal that could be done with a simple sign. Your tax dollars at work.

Mike Adams

Newnan