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How Do You Define The Word Merge?

May 21, 2012

When two roadways angle toward each other in the same direction the drivers are urged by traffic signs to “merge”. What is meant by this instruction? Merge signs are supposed to warn drivers that the lane in which they are driving will gradually narrow into another lane. The traffic sign puts drivers on notice that extra caution is required and that there is the possibility of a speed reduction or acceleration. Merge signs call for extra courtesy to those who will be converging into your lane from another lane of traffic. Why would anyone bother to obey a merge sign. Safety is surely a consideration and efficiency is certainly another. Perhaps courtesy is based upon a vested self-interest. We all proceed more quickly if we cooperate. If only Congress would learn to merge their ideas, that is, compromise and cooperate in doing the people’s business.