Example B: Look at the accident shown in Diagrams B1, B2, and G3. Answer the following question as if you are Driver X.
QUESTION: The "critical decision point" for your choice to go through the intersection on the yellow light was before the time when Car Z actually started to turn in front of you.
True _V__ False ___
The answer to Example B is TRUE. When you first saw the light turn yellow, you had not yet entered the intersection. Your choices were to "go for it" or to slow down and try to stop. This decision should have considered both the movement of Car Z and the fact that Car Y in the lane next to you had you "boxed in." There would be no room to maneuver if a conflict developed with Car Z. In this situation, "driving smart" means that you recognize at least two things that increase the chances of an accident. First, both you and Driver Z need to pass through the same point to get through the intersection before the light turns red. Second, the signal turning from green to yellow may lead Driver Z to assume you will stop. At this point he is more likely to make his turn, and less likely to yield to you. This does not excuse the unsafe decision of Driver Z to turn across your path, but it shows how your decision could have helped avoid this accident.