Will you follow the 3-foot rule?


Say Yes

(98 votes)



Say No

(43 votes)


141 total votes

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esaletnik said...

Is that the rule where you have to maintain a 3 foot distance from strippers and exotic dancers? No sir, I will not.

Seriously, are you assuming everyone knows what a "3-foot rule" is without any further explanation? I have no idea what you are talking about.

July 1, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.
edrusk said...

If you don't know what the 3-foot law is you shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car. Law's change. It's up to the drivers to be aware of ALL changes in laws that pertain to the operating of their vehicle.

July 1, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
edrusk said...

Mr. Jason Taylor: this morning's poll titled "Will you obey the 3-foot law" has me extremely concerned. Do you really want this as a poll? It puts the thought in people's mind that obeying the 3-foot law is an option - that they can either choose to give 3-feet or not. It's not a choice, but an obligation to obey the law just as stopping at a stop sign is an obligation. If someone now is hit this weekend because a driver thought it was optional to obey it, your paper can be found as contributing to the negligence. I really think you should reconsider having that poll up there.

July 1, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
edrusk said...

furthermore, it's not a "rule" but a LAW.

July 1, 2011 at noon
Salsa said...

If you cannot do something a simple as driving your car down the street without hitting a pedestrian or scooter or a cyclist then the police should be given the authority to summarily execute you on the spot.

July 1, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
bpqd said...

Three feet of clearance when passing a bicycle has been the law since about 2005 or 2006. I have been on a bike and in a MVA. Any day I ride on the road, even on my way to roads with bicycle lanes, I have close calls with cars.

Many of our traffic laws are based on yielding, letting someone else go first. Most of our drivers drive with the attitude of "me first." They might not be in such of a pushy hurry if they had ever been hit by a car.

Any kind of pinch point or slow down in traffic will be within 100 yards of the spot where motorists will violate this clearance law. They will often only wait a few seconds.

On one day alone, I had 13 people honk, cuss, yell, or cut too close; almost all were in cars with out of state license plates. There had been some construction on a nearby highway. These people were driving on roads through our community to bypass the traffic jam. They just act more upset when it looks like they need to wait five seconds to be safe.

Most people in my community give me more than enough room to clear. Be SAFE: seen, aware, friendly, equipped. They'll get used to you being there after a few days.

We are all simply not good enough drivers to be at our best all the time; but, being aggressive over using the road is not worth it.

July 1, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.
esaletnik said...

edrusk said... If you don't know what the 3-foot law is you shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car

It doesn't say anything about cars in the question. They should explain what the "3 feet" applies or link to an appropriate story. Here is what I thought the 3 foot rule was found in this link. Cystic Fibrosis 3 foot rule

July 1, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.
bpqd said...

We also have a problem with people not understanding how to cross the street, even with a traffic light telling them when to walk. The pedestrian crossing buttons in Chattanooga stopped working after Mayor Littlefield took office. They now do nothing.

Mayor Littlefield's administration put up signs that say, "Pedestrians must push button."

None of the buttons work.


Pedestrian crossing signals only change with the periodicity of the traffic stoplights.

I guess we could splurge on some public works and use the existing resources to make the buttons responsive to the needs of the people. Oh, I forgot: traffic flow gets local politicians paid. That's why they repainted all of the streets a few years back: to change traffic flow to improve their property values. Those property values are important parts of collateral or downpayments on loans for political ads. That's how Mayor Corker became Senator Corker. We can't fix the streetlights to interrupt a politician's paycheck! Silly me.

One crossing, of Amnicola Highway at Battery Place, a block uphill from the Roundhouse, does not ever change at all. They do not change with the cycling of the lights or with the buttons. You just have to run across when you dare. I once waited 15 minutes and the light never changed. The signs are a sham.

There is one poor blind guy in town who tries to cross at these lights. Somehow, he is still alive.

The pedestrian "Walk" sign activates when the main flow of traffic, going straight, goes in that direction. People just stand on the curb for five seconds, see the light says, "Don't walk," and then they cross against the light anyway.

July 1, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
bpqd said...

So, I guess the answer to that is that our local politicians, like Mayors Littlefield and now-Senator Corker, will follow the three foot rule; that is, after they rewrite it to meet their paycheck needs.

July 1, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.
rolando said...

Fair enough. As a former to-work-daily bicyclist, I will willing move over 3 feet clearance [actually, I give most of the lane] provided the bicyclist/scooter rider gives ME three feet of clearance while passing ME when I am stopped at a signal/stop sign. AND provided the bicyclist/scooterist obeys ALL traffic laws that I am required to obey while riding my motorcycle.

Bicycle/scooter safety ain't a one-way street, you two-wheelers. Pun intended.

July 1, 2011 at 8:43 p.m.
rolando said...

bpdqd, you contradict yourself as usual.

First you complain because car drivers are always in a hurry [or some such] then you complain because the pedestrian crossing signs slow you down while you are walking. Wow. It's OK for you to slow the cars down but God help whoever slows YOU down. Do you suffer sidewalk rage?

First of all, the crossing signs DO work...with the occasional glitch. Anyone -- anyone at all -- is, with a little thought, familiar with the idea that the green "WALK" sign lights up ONLY for full green traffic lights; they do NOT light up for left turn and/or right turn arrows for reasons obvious to all of us.

We do NOT have one of those free-for-all, walk-any-way-you-want pedestrian crossing signal systems in this town. You can ALWAYS cross the street at ANY intersection, with or without a signal or a crosswalk, and have the right of way -- best not to insist on that in TN, but there it is. The law is on your side. Sometimes it is best to speed up a bit instead of strolling across.

July 1, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.
dl said...

So to move around a bike I have to cross the double yellow line. Isn't that illegal even if no one is coming in the other direction?

I also agree with rolando - cyclists rarely stop at stop signs or lights. You can't have it both ways!

July 4, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.
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