Open Letter: Teaching Grand Blanc, Michigan Shoppers How To Drive
Driving through Downtown Grand Blanc can take an extra 5-10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours or special school events. Recently, residents shopping at Kroger in the Grand Mall were begging people to learn how to drive & park in that awful parking lot. Now, people in a Grand Blanc Residents Facebook Group are pleading with people to obey traffic flow when leaving Wal-Mart, Panera, Kohl's (etc.) after shopping, when exiting to Saginaw Street.
Why aren't people obeying left and right-turn-only when leaving Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Sam's in Grand Blanc?
- They think traffic laws don't apply to them.
- They're in a hurry and can't be bothered
- They're too lazy to drive to the light where left & right turns are permissible on to Saginaw Street in Grand Blanc.
- This is the place, below, it's legal to turn left or right on Saginaw Street. (Pointing out the obvious...It has a traffic signal.):
Don't turn left when exiting from here:
Don't turn left when exiting here, either:
Please don't turn left when exiting from the last available exit point (southernmost) of the plaza:
Is it illegal to turn left when the exit is marked turn right only at Wal-Mart in Grand Blanc, MI?
- People think "it's parking lot rules... it doesn't matter." It does matter. A lot.
- When the entire Heritage Park / Deer Park area was planned, it includes a road connecting all of the parking lots and businesses from Saginaw Street to Dort Highway. Traffic Lights manage each of those entry/exit points.
- For traffic flow to work on Saginaw Street, right-turn-only options were created to mitigate accidents and exiting-traffic back-ups.
- If someone causes an accident turning left in a right-turn-only lane -- they'll be responsible. (Or, if you don't cause an accident, but get caught by the police making an illegal turn, they'll warn or ticket you.)
How do you safely get out of Wal-Mart, Panera, Sam's Club, Kohl's in Grand Blanc?
Here's a graphic depicting designated lanes & turns at the Shopping Center:
Thank you for helping our community stay safe and be less stressed while living our best lives. Pro-Tip: Parents, please teach your new drivers the proper way to navigate this, too. (If you sense sarcasm, you're correct. This should be common sense, right?)