We see it all the time. Somebody slows down to let an oncoming car make a left turn who has no business making a turn across oncoming traffic. Thursday afternoon in Newport, a very nice person slowed down at 8th and 101 and stopped right in the middle of a busy street in order to motion an oncoming car to turn. When the other driver accepted the gesture of kindness he began his turn – and then POW!… he’s smashed by a car traveling in the lane next to the “Good Samaritan.” NOBODY saw it coming.
Kindness is wonderful…except when it can get somebody killed. Luckily nobody was seriously hurt thanks to the relatively slow speed limits on 101 through Newport.
The only way to avoid getting seriously injured or killed is to remember that oncoming traffic always has the right of way no matter how “nice” any “member” of the oncoming traffic might try to be. Wait until there is no traffic coming from either oncoming lane, or from either direction, especially if proceeding out from a side street.