I am the first to admit that traffic in this area sucks. There are way too many cars for the roads we have and they just keep building. What makes it worse, though, is that the drivers suck just as much as the volume. I could probably write a book about bad Maryland driving, but I will stick to two local Odenton issues.
The first issue that arose recently in the Odenton area was the traffic circle on 175. It was a two lane circle built to ease the traffic at a busy intersection. Almost immediately the complaints began because people did not want to learn how to drive in a traffic circle. There were accidents because drivers did not pay attention to how the circle worked and tried to turn from the wrong lane. Instead of learning how to navigate the circle, the area residents cried and complained until the circle was taken to one lane and now traffic is back to being backed up at the intersection again.
Recently, the intersection of Rte 3 and Waugh Chapel Road got a new traffic pattern called a Michigan U. Again, this was done to ease congestion on rte 3. Before the pattern was even changed people started to complain.I admit that I was skeptical of the Michigan U and thought it would be really bad. I was wrong. Where I used to avoid turning left at that intersection to go north, I now use it exclusively. It is much faster than the old traffic pattern. Still, people are complaining that it is dangerous. Why is it dangerous? Because the drivers refuse to learn how to use it. They don’t read the signs that tell them what lane goes where. They don’t pay attention to what is going on around them. They turn and then try to swerve across multiple lanes to get to where they need to be. This is not a problem with the traffic pattern. This is a problem with the intelligence of the drivers. When i mentioned this on a discussion on this on Odenton Patch no one denied that the drivers are the problem. They still want the pattern changed. Why? I assume laziness and/or stupidity on the part of the people who refuse or can’t learn new things.
We could make the drive out there suck a little less by sucking a little less ourselves. Read the signs, pay attention and stop blaming the traffic pattern for your own stupidity.