Sadly, we’ve all seen it many times before. Traffic is completely backed up and instead of waiting, a vehicle decides to go straight over a crossing and wait in the middle of an intersection.
This is usually bad enough with a small car, but with a pickup truck and trailer – this Tulsan was able to block the entire intersection for a full 5 minutes, wasting everyones time for absolutely no gain of their own. Many local residents have already expressed their disdain for Bixby drivers in particular, claiming they are the worst drivers in the state.
As you can see from the image below, the truck manages to block two lanes of traffic, whilst the trailer is easily able to cover at least another potential 1.5 lanes of traffic. The driver could not have positioned himself any worse if he had tried.
The driver was fortunate that there were no local police in the area.
Oklahoma state law prohibits blocking an intersection and imposes penalties for doing so. The specific penalty for blocking an intersection can vary depending on local ordinances and circumstances. Generally, it is considered a traffic violation or an offense known as “obstructing an intersection” or “gridlocking.”
In Oklahoma, traffic offenses are typically handled at the municipal level, and the penalties can vary between cities. However, a common penalty for blocking an intersection is a fine. The exact amount of the fine can differ based on the jurisdiction and the severity of the offense.
Fines for this offense can range from around $50 to a few hundred dollars, which is fairly reasonable given that you could be wasting the time of around 100 people in rush hour traffic.