Is it possible that Florida drivers regard turn signals on their cars as obsolete as buggy whips?
The number of drivers not bothering to use turn signals seems to be growing exponentially, and this includes mail trucks and police cars.
It is my opinion, it is time to evaluate public regard for this once essential part of our cars.
We must decide whether Florida drivers need to announce their intention of changing lanes or simply make turn signals optional.
There would be only a slight cost savings for those drivers opting to purchase a car without turn signals, if manufacturers and the law would allow such a change.
The other course of action would be related to public safety and would require encouragement of law enforcement to write tickets for violations.
I have been told by more than one law enforcement officer that tickets issued for failure to use turn signals would probably wind up another scofflaw and be quickly thrown out as unenforceable.
One wonders if this lax behavior and conscious decision to not use their turn signals will, if it continues unabated, impact at some point, insurance rates by increasing the number of accidents. Just something to consider.
Richard Nielsen, Royal Palm Beach