Q: Why did Florida do away with vehicle inspections? The other day a car passed me on Interstate 95 going 80 mph, the windshield was cracked and the hood was tied down and the tail lights were not working.
Mary Lannon, Coconut Creek
A: In 1981, then-Gov. Bob Graham and the Legislature halted motor vehicle inspections after complaints about long lines at state-run inspection stations.
Graham was quoted at the time as saying the nearly $20 million spent annually by the state to run the stations could be better spent on law enforcement. The idea was that the job of inspections would fall to officers on patrol who could stop cars on the road if they saw faulty equipment.
Florida's air improved in most regions, including South Florida, and the state's leaders took the opportunity to eliminate what they saw as an unnecessary program that irritated many drivers.
Q: Right turns on red should be prohibited on eastbound Orange Drive at Nob Hill Road. Eastbound Orange drivers constantly turn right on red, then cross three to four lanes of traffic to turn left onto eastbound Griffin Road, which runs parallel to Orange. Many do not stop before turning, abruptly cutting off southbound drivers on Nob Hill.
Paul Kane, Davie
A: Broward County traffic engineers have agreed to do a safety review of the intersection to see if the no-right-turn-on-red restriction is necessary. The county will report the results of the study this month.
Q: There is a problem with the left turn sensor on northbound Military Trail at Lake Ida Road. On a few occasions, the left turn signal wasn't activated when cars were waiting to make the left turn. Yesterday, I sat through cycles and never got the left turn arrow. I finally gave up and pulled out of the lane and continued heading north and made U-turn. Please see if you can get it checked.
Arnie Margoluis, Delray Beach
A: This intersection operates on what's called "lead/lag" timing. That means the southbound through lanes and the left turn lane get a green first. This is the lead portion of the signal phasing.
When the southbound left turn signal turn red, the southbound through lanes will continue to go on green while northbound through lanes will also get a green signal. When the southbound through lanes get a red light, the northbound left turn lane green arrow will activate. This is the lag portion of the timing.
If you arrive "late" to the intersection and the signal doesn't detect the presence of any vehicles in the lane, the signal may skip the left turn cycle until the next time. Technicians checked the signal and confirmed it is working properly.
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