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Updated: 5/02/2012 11:44 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new study says a simple flick of the wrist could keep you and other drivers even safer on the roadways.

The Society of Automotive Engineers says drivers aren't using their turn signals and creating a serious hazard on the roadways. Tina Akard has seen it first hand. "It's frustrating. You can't anticipate people's moves," said driver Tina Akard.

The group calls it turn signal neglect. They say drivers fail to use turn signals two billion times a day, causing two million accidents a year.  That's more than distracted driving. Our cameras caught many drivers in the act. Catherine Payne with the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office says it's not just the law, it's common courtesy. "It can cause a sudden an abrupt stop and a crash," said Catherine Payne.

There are other issues too. "Sometimes you don't use the correct one," said Akard. "You leave it on, and it becomes a distraction and you ignore the fact that you may be turning cause it's on. It confuses drivers,' said Payne.

Drivers like Akard hope this study is a wake up call for those on the road, and drivers take notice. "I'm also a cyclist so I'm on the road, and we use hand signals. So, we rely on drivers to keep us safe," said Akard.

The group that did the study also says there could be a fix. They want auto makers to use smart turn signal technology, which would automatically turn the blinker off or give you an alert if its left on.

The study also found drivers don't use turn signals 48 percent of the time to change lanes and 25 percent of the time when making a turn.
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Roy Jenks - 7/18/2012 12:07 AM
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There is an epidemic of non turn signal use and the attitude of indifference has has been prevalent for decades. There are few positive role models. Drivers act out of self interest and the common good is a low priority. The Society of Automotive Engineers has determined through reseach that two million crashes occur each year as a result of drivers not using turn signals. "You have heard that "When good men do nothing ......" It is time to do something. The roads are not safe. This is a public administration, public health, legal, criminal justice. and moral problem. Turn signal neglect has been regarded as a joke for to long. It is time for people to stop laughing and start caring. Since this is a multidisplinary problem, leaders should come from a wide spectum of professions. An association should be formed. Does anybody care?

1country - 5/3/2012 9:25 AM
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i agree with focus21. jso officers are really bad about it.i guess they are above the law just like they are with speeding and running red lights.

BullZi1 - 5/3/2012 3:05 AM
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The problem is not laziness. I mean how mmuch effort is it to flip the signal on with a finger? The problem is a TOTAL lack of COMMON COURTESY (today it would be uncommon courtesy) to your fellow driver!!

focus21 - 5/2/2012 11:35 PM
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Someone should tell the Police how and when to use their turn signal's. I don't know how many times I have been behind a cruiser and they have made a turn and NOT used their turn signal. Just saying.............
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