In my three years living in Sheffield, there's one thing that really stands out about drivers in the city centre:
- RED LIGHTS DONT MEAN A THING, LET ALONE ANYTHING ELSE
I've driven in many other towns/cities in the UK and my experience is that the driving standards in Sheffield are, without doubt, the worst in the country.
Red lights - They mean go dont they?
Box junctions - There to be filled surely?
Part time bus lanes - Yes, lets all queue in one lane for no good reason!
Lane discipline - What are these white lines and words for?
No place is perfect, and I know some driving instructors post on here, but seriously, the place is brimming with horrorific drivers.
I was driving my friend home earlier, and he informed me that they are soon going to stop traffic turning right at the traffic lights between Wards Brewery and Kwik Fit on Ecclesall Road (that is traffic turning right from Ecc Rd onto whatever the smaller road is called).
Part of me thought, "How stupid - the Moore Street roundabout is busy enough as it is, without all this extra traffic being forced upto it."
However, another part thought "Well if people can't understand the basic concept of the red light meaning stop (which they clearly dont), then in the interests of safety, this is the right decision"
Granted, they could use a filter light, but then we know they enjoy making life difficult for motorists here anyway (Woodseats, Meadowhead anyone...).
But i'm digressing. RED LIGHTS MEAN STOP and far too many drivers using this city don't seem to have grasped that.
I remember when there was that huge traffic jam in town in November I think - the one caused by the broken down bus. I was in it for over three hours whenever it was, but the broken down bus was just one of the causes. What was the other?
Stupid and inconsiderate drivers blocking junctions and roundabouts so nobody could move anywhere and people trying to queue jump, causing jams behind them when they cant get in.
In my letter to the Star, which was printed, I raised the point about bad driving being a factor. But of course, they didnt print that part, they were only interested in the part that slated the crap road network, or in other letters, slating First.
There are many things I like about Sheffield and it was my first choice for uni. I'm glad to be here, but to coin a Family Guy phrase - the situation regarding the road infrastructure and drivers here "really grinds my gears".
Think about it.