Drivers Can Now Turn on Red at 9 Mile and Hilton in Ferndale
(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 30, 2019)
Ferndale, MI- Drivers at 9 Mile and Hilton may notice something missing. For decades there were “No Turn on Red” signs at all four corners of the intersection, leaving many drivers to twiddle their thumbs in the times when traffic is not an issue.
The Ferndale Police and the Traffic Improvement Association determined that the signs could go, and they were removed earlier this month.
“Prior to a standardized system for traffic control and signage several areas in the city were made No Turn on Red as part of a safety campaign,” said Ferndale Police Sargent Baron Brown. “The traffic control officer at that time, 30 or 40 years ago, thought it would be safer to limit right turns on red at many intersections. Technically, most traffic control devices in Michigan must be warranted and this particular intersection limitation was not.”
The City of Ferndale is a member of the Traffic Improvement Association, and part of that membership means getting professional advice on decisions such as removal of signs. They also agreed with the police that the sign could safely go.
“In addition, the thinking is that it may improve the traffic backups due to slow moving trains,” Sgt. Brown said.
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