What’s bugging you? Road signage - FOX 35 News Orlando

What’s bugging you? Road signage

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"I was driving in the northbound lane and the traffic was stopped here," Laura Roberts shows FOX 35.

Roberts calls herself a ballet mom. She makes a concerted effort to drive safely, which is why she's about to take a ticket to court that she was issued back in December.
"What's bugging me is the signage on Wekiva Springs Road near Sabal Point. It seems signage is not allowing drivers enough time to get over to avoid the intersection and the right-hand lane must turn right.

Signs warn the right lane ends on Wekiva Springs ends in 900 feet. Then another sign warns in 500 feet. They're pretty clear. We didn't see Robert's point of view until she pointed she was here when the nearby school gets out, so traffic was backed up more than a half mile.  
"I was traveling in the right hand lane and the traffic was stopped here," Roberts shows.

Not familiar with the area, she says she didn't know why. 

"So I switched over to the right lane," Roberts recalls.

Then she realized she needed to switch back over.

"As I'm driving through making sure no one is going from the left lane to my lane and I have to watch people are stopping and taking open spots," Roberts says.

So as you can see, she was keeping an eye on traffic in front of her and to her left, and not looking out for street signs.

"At this point there is no place to make a safe turn in," Roberts says. "You come over and there's there sign right lane must turn right and you're already in the lane."

But she tried to get into the middle lane and before she knew it on that December day, blue and red flights were flashing behind her as a deputy pulled her over.

"He said I was being ticketed for failing to obey a traffic signal that I could have continued through the light or made a right hand turn," Roberts says. "I felt he was just out writing $160 tickets left and right."

She also claims the deputy was hiding in the bushes looking to pull people over. We called the Seminole County Sheriffs Office to see how many tickets they've written here lately.

A spokesperson tells me they've come out to this intersection at the request of drivers who are tired of people in the right lane skipping past traffic then trying to cut into the left lane at the last minute. And Seminole County deputies say these signs are enough to give drivers plenty of warning.

Roberts plans to fight fighting her ticket. If you have something that's bugging you, go to the FOX 35's Facebook page and tell us about it.


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