BANGOR – While driving on the highway, two things could happen that leave you panicking about the next merging road. You might get smacked by a tractor trailer entering onto the highway that neglected to yield or slamming on your breaks to avoid get hit by the Mack truck. With millions of visitors expected to visit Maine this summer, there will be more drivers on the road.
But what does the yield sign even mean?
“You’re merging into traffic traveling into a much faster speed,” said Chief Glenn Moshier of the Ellsworth Police Department.
But according to State Troopers this is the real definition of the sign.
“It’s yielding to oncoming traffic. It’s not a stop sign so you don’t have to stop but it has to be reasonable,” said Trooper Gavin Endre, “You have to get out without changing the pacing of the traffic.”
It doesn’t just happen on the highways. Even in communities people drive through yield signs. Officials say it acts like a yellow light, which means prepare to stop.
“There’s no yield for the right lane,” said Endre, “The yield is for everyone who are entering onto the highway. Yes it is nice and if you have the ability to move to the left, absolutely but there are times when you can’t do that. You’re obligation isn’t to change your driving to let them in.”
What some people may not know, failing to appropriately yield is against the law. In fact, it’s a traffic infraction. If an accident is caused because someone failed to yield It then becomes a felony. Drivers are encouraged to always take precautions.
“Don’t assume that the other drivers are going to do the right thing because very often that’s not the case,” said Moshier.