PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- The reverse lanes (aka suicide lanes) were created to help the flow of traffic on 7th Street and 7th Avenue in Phoenix during the morning and evening commute hours.  

However, with the increase of traffic in Phoenix and the increase in distracted drivers, what was once helping traffic, could in fact be making bigger problems.

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At key intersections on 7th street there are no left turn signs between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., so left turns are not permitted.

Those signs are being ignored by drivers who claim they didn’t see the signs or forgot which direction left turns are not allowed.  

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Stanley Roberts caught several drivers misbehaving in the reverse lanes. Watch the video in the player above. 

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Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.

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Stanley exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences.

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The suicide lane is the stupidest thing I've ever seen in Phoenix. I've been here now since 2005 and I still think it's the stupidest thing I've ever seen in Phoenix. If you're going to have a suicide lane like that, make the no left turn signs blink bright red along their outline, at the given hours.


The problem with Phoenix is it's not forward thinking. Still has a small town mentality. Why not improve mass transit, like new New York, and get people out of cars. The light rail is a joke. Start building up instead if out.


So many things AZ could do to improve traffic issues and safety issues.
One thing cities in NH did was to install flashing red lights on top of all intersection lights to indicate if a fire, ambulance or police vehicle was approaching the intersection. That added awareness that people should be on the look out (and in many intersections it would trigger 4-way stop lights).

I like JayDubs idea of the indicator light. Something to catch drivers' attention. Few people seem to read signs... or maybe they just don't care, I don't know.

Also, AZ introduces new traffic control elements and people honestly have not had experience with them... I don't know. It seems like it is a combination of AZ road planning and drivers who don't read signs.


shimi - So people don't read signs, but magically they will give their undivided attention to a blinking light 15' off the ground... Yeah, don't think so. By the way, move AZ cities have OptiCom units on their firetrucks and ambulances that turn the signals red for traffic moving in the opposing direction.


A traffic school instructor once told me you can make some left turns on some smaller collector streets without a sign. The proper way of waiting is on the farthest left lane possible going the same direction just like the white Prius was doing around the end of this clip.


Any opportunity to add a slow, pulsating orange/yellow indicator light on top of the signage that extends over the streets? These lights could indicate which traffic flow is active and also help to enforce the times of reverse lane use (rather than depending on car clocks that may not be aligned). And perhaps they can be powered by solar (with a storage system during cloudy days) to reduce cabling that feeds the indicator lights. I benefit from the reverse lanes as a North Phoenix resident and agree that something additional needs to be done to make the lane restrictions more clear.

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